Sunday, 29 January 2012

Let's Think Ink

What a week it's been! Almost managed to meet myself coming back. Don't know if the world is ready for more than one of me! Not sure that I am for that matter. 

Still some of it was fun.

 It was great to see so many "weel kent" faces, back for the new classes at Craftworld. This week it was About Ink. We concentrated on ink techniques. Unfortunately 2 hours doesn't even begin to scratch the surface, but hopefully those that came along have a few more ideas on what to do with which inkpad.  It is really great to watch people play and come up with their own colour and stamp combos. Some by design others by happy accidents.

A cornucopia of colour combos

I love the way these two pieces turned out.
Lin Brown who does the Artsy Crafts weekends showed me this really simple technique. Unfortunately the photo doesn't really do it justice. 

Lightly crumple a piece of black card. Straighten it out and spritz with Perfect Ink Refresher from Ranger.

 Crumple the card some more, allowing the ink refresher to soak thoroughly into the piece. You will find that it has become more pliable, with a leather like texture.

 Smooth the card out, and while it is still damp, add a selection of Perfect Pearls to the surface dusting off any excess powder. As Perfect Pearls contain a binder, they will adhere permanently to any damp surface. Dry with a heat gun.

 Dust the surface with an anti-static agent before stamping your chosen image with Versamark ink and heat embossing with white detail powder.

 When the image is cool dust off any remaining anti-static powder to bring out the full lustre of the mica powders.

When I mentioned using a brayer for Scarecrow Man, (who incidentally, I'm reliably informed, is outstanding in his field), I was met with more than just a little consternation. But all's well that ends well and one by one some very beautiful pieces emerged.

With a nod and a wink to Barbara Grey

 Well that's all for tonight folks, I'm off to watch American Horror on TV.

Big hugs

1 comment:

  1. Have managed to see the pics at last!! Good to have you back in blogland.


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