Thursday, 23 May 2013
Pots of Fun
Thanks for being here again to see what I have made. I decided to leave my comfort zone of flowery vintage shabby chic and see what else I could do....The idea came to me after seeing the Simon Says 'Use your Favourite ink' challenge - After making my Bundled Sage frame I thought I would have a go at the opposite! - what inks do I not use very often?
I think it would be unfair to declare them my least favourite - I think all the colours are amazing otherwise I wouldn't have ended up with an immense collection of Distress inks...They are just the most incredible inks ever...and I want more and more of them!! However, I think we all find that there are ones that we reach for very often and others that just sit hoping for a day to shine....
My favourites are Bundled Sage, Weathered Wood, Tattered Rose, and Antique Linen. My favourite shading and vintage effect ones are Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap. My favourite brights are Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves and Spiced Marmalade.
So for this project I selected three rarely used inks - Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw and Shabby Shutters (which I had never used before!) - And here is the finished creation!
I had a china pot that I had planned to decorate in some way and I began to think of using servietten technique
I love doing this technique but I wanted to something different with it. I started to think about using DI's on it...how about using one of the plain white layers that I normally cast aside?....how to get patterns though?....Stamp with black archival ink first?.....will that work?...only one way to find out!
I love experimenting with crafts - with this project a few things did go wrong - but for me that really adds to the joy of it. The thought process of how to work past an error, what did go wrong? How can I get work on that? What would work instead?
So I got a layer of serviette, and began to stamp various images on it...quite randomly, some text, flourishes, diamonds, pen nibs....I dried each very quickly with a heat gun to minimise the ink bleeding and looking blurred. I then applied the serviette to the china with modpodge and left to dry.
The black stamping was a bit intense - so I decided to cover with a light coat of gesso to knock it back. I left the quote uncovered though as I wanted that to be more vivid.
My usual technique is to apply the serviette and then when dry cover it with a coat of mod podge to seal it - but DI's don't cover glue so I applied the inks over the unsealed serviette. You have to change the application method, instead of swirling the blender you have to dab. I applied Scattered Straw first, then Shabby Shutters and then Tumbled Glass - just dabbing random patches of colour and trying to make sure it all blended.
The lid of the pot was decorated with a plain serviette and the same inks
And to decorate the lid - I chose a variety of dyed ribbons, jewellery bits and pieces and a grapevine heart.
I think I now have three more favourite DI's! ;o)
Thanks so much for being here to see what I have made - Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments - I really do appreciate you spending some crafting time with me!
I would like to enter this for the following challenges -
Inspiration Journal - Use a favourite quote
The Artistic Stamper - Words
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Alter it