Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Alcohol Inks for Newbies

Eager to try alcohol inks, Sue and I have watched online demonstrations by Tim Holtz from Ranger and gave it our best shot. Sue made these before our meeting and she said she was not so sure about it. I find her color combinations quite pretty, but I do think she needs to keep her hand in it until she finds her comfort zone. The quick-drying, clean results seem well-suited to Sue's artistic style.

I rolled up my sleeves. I dabbed. I smooshed. I knew that there would be a breakthrough.

It came -- I remembered seeing Tim squirt inks directly onto the non-stick craft mat and then dragging the paper through it. So I gave it a shot. I was using greeting card glossy stock and found the size too large to work effectively in my small, evaporating puddle!

Sue graciously cut some ATC-sized cards for me and I was back at it. I felt quite pleased with this! I called this set "Fish Tank"

And the card on the left here looks like squooshed rose petals. It's very lush and rich. I called this "Gypsy" and we'll just see whether it ends up bearing Gypsy Rose Lee or some other gypsy imagery!


shauna said...

These are great! I LOVE the richness of the colors! I, too, love naming my papers/colors! That's one of my favorite parts-lol! I've always wanted a job naming paint, nail polish, lipstick, etc. I know, I'm weird. Anyway, I think it's great that you and your friend are doing these salons. Thanks for sharing your techs! I'm getting a blog together hopefully up this coming week. Yours is looking terrific!

Stark Raving Newbie said...

Hey, Shauna! This is soooo weird! We are both 47, both Libra and both love to name products/projects! Get your stuff posted, Woman! I am eager to see :)


Far North said...

Your alcohol inked backgrounds are great and will be perfect to give some spark to your images! You are gonna have great ATC's! Jan