This post is now located on my new website. You can find it here: http://tammytutterow.com/2010/10/too-cool-not-to-share/.
This post is now located on my new website. You can find it here: http://tammytutterow.com/2010/10/too-cool-not-to-share/.
Life has been so busy lately. I feel lately like I am running in a million directions and going no where and getting nothing done. I have stacks of things I want to work on, things I should have finished, and a neglected house and yard. I think it is probably a story that a lot of us share. Yesterday was a finally a little different, I started marking things off of my to-do list instead of just adding to it and best of all, found a little creative time at the end of the day. I grabbed a blank page from my art journal and sat and stared at it until I knew what I needed to say.
I was looking at a clear page from my journal and the Rays Texture Fade and suddenly had this phrase in mind, "Never lose faith in the existence of brighter days". I had been feeling a bit like I was losing hope that I was making progress on some of the goals I set for myself for the year, that I wasn't gaining ground on where I hoped to be. I have been in a bit of a doubting mood, thinking that some of the changes I made in my life this year weren't the cure all that I thought and hoped they would be. I guess it is human nature, but I feel like I have been focusing on the gloom a bit more than the sunshine. So when I sat down to create, I felt like the rays were reminding me of something I needed to be reminded of, to focus myself differently and to remember that brighter days lay ahead.
For the top portion of my page, I cut a piece of light pattern paper (BasicGrey's Basics White from the mini paper pad) to fit my clear page. I inked it with a combination of Black Soot and Stormy Sky Distress Inks. I added birds stamped in Black Soot along the top using a stamp from the Tim Holtz clear Lost and Found stamp set. I used my single stamp letters to add my phrase. I made a goof on existence so I stamped it again on another piece of paper and placed it on top of my goof. I actually am glad that happened began I like the added emphasis it has. I inked the edges of it with Wild Honey and added a few staples with my Tiny Attacher.
Here is the part I really love. I embossed the clear sheet with the Rays texture fade. I used two colors of alcohol ink (Sunset Orange and Sunshine Yellow) and one to one side of the acrylic and the other to the other side. I held the page upright with the rays running up and down and dripped the color on the page directly from the bottle into the depressed part of the design. The ink filled in the depressed areas and the excess kind of pooled at the bottom edge of the page (the center of the sun).
I did this on both sides, filling the depressed areas of one side with the yellow and the depressed areas of the other side with orange. It allowed me to have a definition between the two colors. Because both colors are applied to the center of the sun on each side of the page, you see a blending of the two. I finished up by adding a lined page to the back of the entire piece. The light color of the page really helps the intensity of the yellow and orange shine.
The inking on the sun was a total "what if I did this?" moment that gave a really great result. That is the beauty of alcohol inks on acrylic, you can experiment and say "what if" and then wipe it away if you don't like it! In this case, I loved it and will no doubt use this technique again with other Texture Fades.
This project can now be viewed on my new website at http://wp.me/pi7Iw-6c. I hope you will click through and check it out there!
I have a new page in my art journal to share. This one isn't too fancy or very involved but I really like it because I stepped out of my box a little and journaled! I had something on my mind and so I sat down and just created and worked in the moment.
I added a few of Tim Holtz's Sprocket Gears over the circles. I added Super Tape around the sides and bottom of the acrylic piece and stuck it down on my inked page.
I cut a piece of white cardstock to fit the pocket, added ink, a bit of journaling, and an office tab along the top. My journaling talks about my habit of over thinking most things and too hard to control the outcome and how doing both throws a wrench in the works when I do. I reminded myself to just let go and let the machine run on its own once in a while.
I was looking back through some past posts on my blog this morning and noticed that one with one of my favorite alcohol ink techniques was missing its photos. When I made the move from my old blog to this one on Typepad, almost everything made the move nicely with the exception of a few photos here and there. While I was fixing the images, I thought I would re-post the technique and bring it to the top for anyone who missed it before. I love this one and love sharing it.
Originally posted 11/30/09
Apply the rub-on as usual.
Dip a fine tip paint brush into the solvent and paint it over the areas that you want to REMOVE the ink color from. Try to use a fairly dry brush so that you won't end up with puddles of the solvent on your piece. The rub-on will help contain the solvent to the area that you are working in. Depending on the size of the area you are cleaning out and the amount of layers of ink your metal has, you may have to make several passes over the areas until they are completely clean.
Clean your brush frequently through the process. When the solvent gets muddied up, dump it and get fresh solvent. If you use it when it gets muddy, it will transfer color back onto your piece. I recommend keeping a small piece of cloth or inking felt nearby to blot your brush onto to keep your brush from being too wet.
On pieces with large amounts of color to remove, I found it helpful to remove the color in several passes, cleaning my brush between each pass, repeating until the area was clean. I also found it helpful to work from the center out, kind of pushing the color toward each sections edges. On this piece I layered two different rub-ons by applying the first one and then cleaning out the center area.
On this piece, I again re-painted this piece using a dry brush dipped into drops of alcohol ink. I brushed it on in thin coats in multiple layers, adding more layers in areas that I wanted extra emphasis of color in. (This rub-on is an older BasicGrey set.)
I coated the face of the metal piece with Glossy Accents in a really nice thick coat. It takes several hours to dry. You wouldn't really have to do this to seal it, I just happen to really love the depth it gives the design. It really makes the ink colors come alive.
After getting so many wonderful comments and questions about the alcohol ink project I shared the other day, I thought I would share a tutorial with the process I used to create the page.
To create a page like the one I made, you need a clear acrylic page (mine was thin, like a transperency) and a page cut to the same size from pattern paper or cardstock.
Prepare your solid paper page by stamping an image, coloring the image as desired, and inking the edges. My paper here is BasicGrey's Jargon from the Basics collection. The label is from the Basics manila sticker labels. The sticker is stamped with Unity's Moments in Bloom stamp set . The sweet girlie is from Tim Holtz's The Girls stamp set. (She is also available in a single wood mount stamp Girls Rule.) Once you have your page done, set it aside.
On my clear page, I applied alcohol ink to the back side. To apply the ink, I use a Ranger Ink Applicator Tool with a clean felt pad. I usually apply three colors of ink to the felt pad. In this example I added three shades of blue. I dabbed the ink onto my page randomly.
Once the first application of ink was dry, I added another layer. This time I added a few more drops of blue in darker shades. As I dab the ink on, I turn the handle to vary the pattern of the ink. As you dab the ink on, you will see it react with the layer underneath it.
To add a different color, remove the felt pad and put a new one on the tool. Add color to the pad and apply as before.
I usually apply three or four colors to my pad at a time, but you can also apply them individually. Simply change your pad, apply the ink, and then dab onto your project.
As you work, you can continue to add more colors and layers. You can add additional layers of colors you have already applied as well. For me the key is to add in layers, letting each layer dry (which is very quick) before adding more. If at anytime you add a color that is not what you want, just add a layer of another color over it.
If you plan to do a window effect like I did, you will want to periodically place your clear sheet over the stamped image to decide if you want to add more color.
I decided on mine that I wanted to add a bolder color around the edges so I added a trio of purples just around the edge.
To clear the area to reveal the image below, I applied Alcohol Ink Blending Solution to a clean felt and dabbed it on the area I wanted to clear. Alcohol Ink Blending Solution will remove alcohol ink. I continued adding solution to my felt until I cleared the area I wanted clear. As you clear away ink, you felt may get pretty dirty. If it becomes too dirty (it will leave streaks of color), simply pull it off and put a new felt on along with more solution.
As an FYI- if you had an inked piece that you didn't like you could clear the entire piece and start again by using blending solution. Working on acrylic like this makes it a a mistake free project because you can always clean your slate and begin again.
As I worked, I checked my clear page with my stamped page to make sure I was clearing as much ink as I wanted.
In this example, I actually cleared more than I wanted. I simply re-applied a few layers of color where I wanted them.
Fresh color on dried color blends nicely. You really can't even tell where I filled in my mistake.
Once you are satisfied with your inking and the cleared area, apply adhesive to the front of your stamped page.
Place the clear sheet ink side down onto the stamped page which is covered with adhesive.
While you have your ink out, don't forget that you can apply alcohol ink to metal as well. I used the ink I already had on my felt to add color to several pieces of Idea-ology Foliage.
To finish out my page, I added some Idea-ology Ruler Ribbon along with the Foliage pieces to the front of the page.
I really love using and expirimenting with alcohol inks. They are so vibrant. The random effect of the ink and the way it reacts with itself is like ink magic!
I was pulling photos off of my camera for a quick tutorial on how I did the alcohol ink for the art journal page I shared yesterday and discovered a few shots of that page that I didn't remember taking. For some reason I totally forgot that I took any. I thought I would share them since they show the page a little more richly than the scan did.
I have made another page with the same technique and am editing photos now. I hope to have it posted with a quick tutorial by tomorrow morning.
Until then. . .
Here is a quick scan of my first official page in my art journal. I think it kind of turned out appropriately. As I was working on it I was thinking about the words of advise about art journaling from Dina, that there are no mistakes and then I goofed up and smudged my stamped image. Normally I would have started again, but then I thought about Dina's advise and the statement on the stamp, no erasers and no mistakes. Okay, so the mistake stays.
Since this is a scan, you don't really see that this is a clear page with alcohol ink on the back side of it. I cut a piece of pattern paper to match the size and shape of the clear page and stamped my image (a favorite Tim Holtz stamp "Life Art") on it. I colored the image with chalks and Copic Markers and added Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges. I adhered the stamped page to the back of the clear page and added a BasicGrey Basics tab to the page. Since it is my first page I found the tab really appropriate since it had "No. 1" on it. I wrote in "No Mistakes" on the tab. I think it will be a great reminder when I open my book to see this page first to remind me about creating, enjoying, and letting go of the need for perfection.
Last night I sat down and played a bit just for the sake of playing. I recently got a couple of the fun shadowbox frames made by Darcie's from Simon Says Stamp and was itching to play with them. I decided that an alcohol ink project might be in order.
These frames have a solid back, die cut sides and a clear acrylic top that all clip together. For my project, I stamped one of my very favorite Tim Holtz stamps, the bird from the Urban Tapestry set on the front of the acrylic using Staz-On ink.
I turned the acrylic over and began adding layers of alcohol ink in blues, greens, yellows, and oranges. To clear the center area, I applied straight blending solution to a clean felt pad on the ink applicator tool and dabbed it in in the center to clear any wayward ink.
I used a paint brush to add color on the bird.
I covered the top inner chipboard layer of the frame in cream textured Bazzill cardstock. I love how the texture of the paper shows through and adds extra interest.
I brushed the sides of the chipboard frame layers with distress ink.
I finished off with a fun ticket that I created using the Tim Holtz Odds and Ends 100th Stamp set along with the matching Ticket Strip die. I added Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges and attached it with a memo pin.
If you had the opportunity to CHA in Chicago this past week and visited the Glitz Girls, you may have noticed some fun jewelery they were wearing featuring the rub-ons from the new Scarlett collection. The Girls received a ton of compliments on them! I thought you might enjoy a quick tutorial on how to make them.
You will need a piece of pattern paper, a rub-on, and a acrylic pendant (Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Fragments or his new Facets). Although any rub-on or stamped image will work, I particularly love using the Scarlett rub-ons because they feature a great selection of florals in really rich colors and also really fun vintage style black silhouettes that are the perfect size for the Fragments and Facets.
Apply the rub-on to the pattern paper. Place the acrylic piece over the image and trace around it. Cut the piece out along the pencil line.
Cover the back of the Fragment or Facet with a thin layer of Glossy Accents.
Place the image face down into the Glossy Accents. Use a flat edge of a tool or craft scraper to burnish the back of the paper. Burnishing will help to spread the Glossy Accents evenly between the paper and acrylic and will push out any air bubbles.
Use a dry towel to wipe away any excess Glossy Accents that comes out of the sides. If you get any smudges of Glossy Accents on the front of your piece, use a small squirt of glass cleaner (like Windex) on a dry cloth to clean it off. You will want to clean off any smudges before they dry.
Set your piece aside and allow it to dry. I prefer to let them dry at least 2-4 hours before trimming any excess paper away from the edges using a craft knife or fine tip scissors.
After trimming, lightly sand the edges of the paper to smooth them. (I used my Tim Holtz Sanding Block.)
Use the tip of a pair of scissors, a craft knife, or a round metal file to poke through the hole and smooth it.
Although it is optional, I like to put some sort of sealant on the back of the pendant over the paper. I like to protect the paper from moisture and soiling so that it stays nice looking. There are many types of products you can use, but my favorite is clear nail polish. One coat soaks into the paper and dries with a nice almost matte finish that doesn't get tacky around moisture.
Once the clear coat is dry, you can add a jump ring and hang the pendant on your favorite type of necklace. In this example, I added one of Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Baubles.
In this example, I combined the Scarlett rub-ons with the Scarlet Paper Layers.
For this pendant, I added a bit of Ranger's Alcohol Ink to the inside edges of the Fragment before adhering it to the paper.
Thinner paper like the Paper Layers actually have a bit more give in them when they are wet. You can add other thin elements on them and still get a good bond and seal with the acrylic. On this piece, I added Teeny Alpha Stickers in red and black to a piece of Paper Layers.
Glitz's new Peek-a-Boo printed transparencies can be used in place of paper for a totally clear piece. (Give pieces on transparencies extra drying time before trimming and sanding.)
Add another layer of paper behind the Peek-a-Boo and get a piece that has a design that looks almost like it is floating inside!
You already knew Glitz could bring some awesome style to your papercrafts, now it can bring awesome style to your look too!