Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Alcohol Inks and Still Spinning Plates

This past Saturday I started crafting around 6 a.m. and didn't stop until well after noon. I wish I had more days like that, but I'll take what I can get!

The day started with alcohol inks and an idea - Halloween cards! I chose my favorite spooky colors: lime green, orange, purple, and indigo and then made a band of black to make some creepy landscapes.

I have a wonderful Tim Holtz stamp and after trimming the landscapes down, I stamped it on with archival ink.

 The ink was faint so I worried it wasn't playing well with the paper or alcohol ink. I tried again.

I'd say this time was a success! Next step for these pieces is a nice sealer and then they will become cards.

Next, I created a Halloween collage out of Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Curiosities Ephemera, some Bristol board, and Glossy Accents. It was fun trying to make things layer together. Now that it is done, I might make another and frame both for a decoration. We'll see!
When this was drying, I worked on "Squad Goals" a bit. I toned down the green wash on the heart and then added gesso to the antique iron rest. I added a green wash over the gesso to get that vertigris and when that dried I dry brushed on some gold paint to tone it and give it an old, crusty look.
Finally, I added a clear sealer over some porcelain pendants that I had alcohol inked. It was just perfect that I ran out of sealer after I sprayed a second coat on them.

I was so excited to post them in my Etsy shop today until I realized I didn't do anything to the backs! I think I was just so excited to seal them I forgot. So, tonight I will be painting the backs with acrylic and then sealing the paint. With luck, I'll have them posted for purchase by Wednesday.

Sunday, we went junking with a couple friends and I scored some very nice metal pieces that will become welcome additions to future projects. After that we hit the craft store (I have awesome friends!) and I finally bought myself a heat gun. Of all the things I have for crafting, it's hard to believe I've gone this long without one. Here's hoping I don't burn myself, destroy any projects, or set my house on fire ...

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