I would say no it's mainly not controlled, but I also have a spatter and drip stamp. I have used a tooth brush for paint and flick it off with my thumb. Thers no way to control it without a stamp or templat that mimics it. Its a surprise!
If you practice a little, and depending on the brand, you can depress the sprayer a little or all the way. The amount and size of the splatter also varies with the speed that you press down. But mostly it's uncontrolled fun.
Control? Ya... no. The only control I have is whether the ink goes on my carpet or not.
I have a cardboard box that I put my LOs in to splatter them. I decide roughly where the splatters need to be then let fly. Afterwards I turn the page in whichever direction makes the results in the closest area.
I have some Smooch Spritz bottles. To get those to splatter in the right place is easier. I unscrew it, then ping the inner spray tube against the rim, right close to the page.
But the unpredictability of splattering is what makes it fun.
I was hoping there was some secret method i hadn't yet thought of.. I've played with paint for years, and have always used a really stiff bristle brush but the result is well.. unreliable.
LOL, i'm a virgo through and through, i dunno if i can handle the unpredictability on a page .. FOILED by anal-retentiveness lol
I really like the spatter on that Inkadoo stamp above, are they two different stamps, not sure how much used i'd make of the drippy one.
Thanks for the ideas.. I'm off to research the stamp idea a little more.. I'm not a huge stamper so i didn't realize they even had any like that!
Sarah, I admit I'm anal about some things but this is one thing I've learned to live with the outcome. I will say that ant technique takes getting used to. I mostly use spay inks instead of paint and the result is always different from what I invision.
I guess it depends what you mean by control. Are you wanting to control the size of each droplet, or just how much gets on your page? I have made masks out of regular paper to kind of control where it goes on my page.... like covering up half the page or cutting a hole for a certain area. As for controlling how it spatters, I find that if I practice it on scratch paper it usually looks pretty similar once I get it on the real project. I play with different techniques... flicking my wrist/ rapping the brush on the edge of something/ adding a bunch of water and then letting it drip, etc. Once I find the pattern I like, I can usually get it pretty close on my real project. Also, in addition to the stamps, there are some stencils that I like as well and for me those work better with paints/gesso.