SAF 2016: Mastering Drips & Splatters with Lizzie Jones

By July 23, 2016Stamp-a-faire

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Below is a photo of Jackson Pollock’s shoes! You can visit THIS blog post to see more photos from his studio in the Hampton’s. It’s so amazing, definitely a must see!

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And if you want “create” your own Pollock, visit the web page HERE! (Hint: double click to change colors!) Super fun if you have little ones too!!! 

Lizzie Jones has captured the true essence of Jackson Pollock’s drips and splatters with her tutorial today! He has some of the most recognizable paintings in the art world and brought a whole new perspective when he entered the scene. I loved this short little biography about him, especially getting to see his body movements and the energy he put into his drips and splatters. 


Lizzie says, “Inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock, we will be exploring how we can create lively, dynamic patterns on our projects. In addition, we’ll learn how we can use these patterns to draw the eye toward a focal point or sentiment. We will be using a variety of paint brushes and other everyday craft supplies help us to drip, drizzle, and splatter in the characteristic style of the artist. These techniques are ideal for watercolors, reinkers, and even diluted acrylic paint.”



  • STAMPS: Happy For You, Background Basics: Super Stripes – Papertrey Ink
  • DIES: Keep It Simple Frames die collection
  • INK: True Black, Hawaiian Shores – Papertrey Ink
  • PAPER: Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores, Watercolor Paper (Strathmore)
  • OTHER: Watercolor Paints (Gansai Tambi), Foam Tape (Scotch), Sewing Machine, Assorted Paint Brushes, Yarn 


  • Card Base: 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Painted Panel: 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Banners: trimmed to about 3 3/8”

Brighter Days Card 1

Brighter Days Card 2


  • Allow the ink or paint layers to dry before adding a new color. This allows the colors to remain nice and crisp. The sun does a great job of drying quickly without warping your paper.
  • Cut your watercolor paper to be larger than you need so you have room to trim off areas you don’t want on your final project. This also allows you to tape down your paper’s edges to minimize warping.
  • Have a variety of brushes and craft objects on hand for experimenting. Different brushes will give different effects.
  • The more paint or ink you have in your brush, the larger the splatters are likely to be.
  • You may want to wear latex gloves if you’re worried about staining your fingers.
  • Make sure to cover everything carefully! Those little speckles have a knack for getting everywhere. Don’t forget to cover yourself, too. Wear a paint shirt or smock to protect clothing.


–Now it’s your turn!  Use drips and splatters to create your own background for a project.  You can choose to re-create the exact project from Lizzie above or design your own using the same concepts. Your project must also incorporate at least one Papertrey product.

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

-Add your project to the InLinkz list below.

–You will have until 7am ET, Tuesday, July 26th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. One project per person please.


–As a reminder, you will have until 7am ET, Tuesday, July 26th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. 

–TWO randomly selected winners will be chosen from ALL the entries within this list on Tuesday, July 26th. The winners will be posted on our Tuesday night Stamp-a-faire winners page after 9pm ET.  The randomly selected winners will each get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!

Thanks for joining us!  We look forward to seeing your projects!

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 24 Comments

  • 1
    Nancy Ward says:

    Such a fun and informative video. What an amazing technique and such amazing results!

  • 2

    Thank you Lizzie for this very informative video. Now it’s time to go create my own Pollock masterpiece!

  • 3
    Dana Kirby says:

    So many fun techniques and things to try! Thanks for the great video!!

  • 4
    Pat Whitley says:

    Fun technique. I love how you used the yarn!

  • 5
    JanetB says:

    Great video, it sort of made me relax about splatters. I always get too nervous to splatter a project that I have spent a lot of time creating. Maybe now it will be OK. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • 6
    Vicki Finger says:

    I love splatter because it is just so happy!

  • 7
    Beth M. says:

    The yarn idea looks fun- have to try that.

  • 8
    Jen M says:

    I can’t wait to play! For once my “mistakes” will have a home LOL. Never thought I would be incorporating big drips….Thanks for the inspiration

  • 9
    mary whitcomb says:

    I have a fear of spattering on a stamped card but I think, with the techniques you used, I might just loosen up! TY!

  • 10
    Holly Saveur says:

    Sounds and looks like much fun!

  • 11
    karen h says:

    Lizzie – your video was awesome, love how you showed how to get such varied splats and splatters!

  • 12
    Cindy says:

    My grandpa and uncles were all painters…painters of buildings, that is. Pollock’s shoes are exactly what my uncle’s shoes looked like. Although, they may have argued they were working!! Lolol!! I also remember a movie with Doris Day, I think, and an artist who probably was mimicking Pollock. He was definitely ahead of his time. But oh, what fun! I hope to try this out, but it probably won’t be before Tuesday morning! I love all of the cards I’ve seen so far! Great technique!!

  • 13
    Donna Gourley says:

    I knew about many of these techniques, but picked up some new ideas as well (especially the yarn). I loved your big red splats, but was unable to replicate them…I’ll keep trying though!

  • 14
    Helen F. says:

    Thank you, Lizzie~this was a fun technique. I pretty much copied your card, but feel like I can venture off in my own direction with all the great tips you gave us 🙂

  • 15
    Noelle says:

    The science and technique of all the different drip styles you showed us is amazing! Thank you Lizzie. Hope I can find time to ‘get messy!’

  • 16

    Such a great explanation of the different ways to create drips and splatters, Lizzie! It’s a rainy day here, but on the next sunny day I can’t wait to take my project outside to splatter paint with joy! ♡

  • 17
    D.Ann C says:

    Ok, I have to admit, I had fun breaking out of my normal style and comfort zone. Thanks for the fun tutorial!

  • 18
    AOK says:

    Lizzie your tutorial was FUN, so much FUN. It is not something I would normally do but you explained it so well and I just went for it and had a blast. Thank you.

  • 19
    mary whitcomb says:

    I just can’t get over how that yarn soaked, dropped and dragged a bit looks. Thanks so much!

  • 20
    Ohhh Snap says:

    I had so much fun with this one. But I’ve got SUCH a royal velvet thumb from squeezing out a big drop from the brush lol. I totally heeded your advice about splatters and used a 12 x 12 cellophane envelope to cover my ipad (so it was save and sound).

  • 21
    Carmela Hubler says:

    This was so much fun! I really enjoyed playing with the inks and making the splatters.

  • 22
    Karen W says:

    Who knew I would have so much fun doing this card! I was thinking of different splattering tools to use! Everyone did a great job and I love looking at the different cards!

  • 23

    Congrats Instagram girl!!!

  • 24
    Ruth C says:

    It was so much fun following along with you and re-creating a cheery splattered and dripped card front! Thanks for the tutorial!

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