The blog has slowed down a bit again - The kids are on their school holidays still and although I can get a little bit of crafts done here and there, I am struggling to do one of my usual creations....
A parcel arrived yesterday...I decided that the time had come to learn about alcohol inks. I have never used them before but have been watching some demo videos online and thought that it looked a lot of fun!
So I spent an evening shopping online for alcohol inks, felt pads, mixatives and blending solution....and I must admit a few other things as well.
When they arrived I HAD to play - Just for a little while! Kids went to bounce on the trampoline with Daddy and I got to learning about alcohol inks....has anyone else ever experienced the 'make it look easy' phenomenon? The demo videos make it look so easy that you feel like you could do it blindfolded and standing on your head, yet when the same items are in your own hands it suddenly becomes the trickiest thing ever?!
I stupidly forgot to buy some glossy card. I know it can cover metal but I only really had tiny metal embellishments and I really wanted to see what the alcohol inks could do....a stack of white tiles that I use to make coasters with serviettes seemed ideal....so I used the whole pile of them! I won't bore you with the long explanations of how I did these creations and what went wrong and what went right and how many ended up in the bin and how many times I swore and threatened to chuck the whole lot in the bin....I will just say that after a while it suddenly became easier and actually I had a lot of fun....so much so that I couldn't stop!!!
For all I know I was doing it all totally wrong, but I really like the effects I (eventually) got :o) None of these tiles started out with any kind of plan...I was just totally playing - trying different colour combinations, watching what happened and then finding some way to decorate them.....
For those who want to know the inks I used -
Pool, Stream, Denim, Lettuce, Cranberry, Red pepper, Espresso, Ginger and Meadow. I also used Silver, Gold and Pearl.
Thank you for being here! I am so sorry I am not getting around to people's blogs as much as I should....I will try to do some visiting as soon as possible.....
See you soon!