Thursday, January 17, 2013

AlphabeThursday & BBArtisans Challenge - I is for Ink



One of my short-term goals for January was to start working on some new art journaling projects.  I've been interested for some time in using inks in my journal.  So I'm starting from scratch, and will see where it takes me.      


The videos that I've watched haven't helped a lot except for telling me what supplies I need.  I bought three different colors of Adirondack alcohol inks and some photo paper.  After two dark cards (above) I realized I needed some Silver Mixative and Blending Solution to dilute the ink.  At least I think that's what was wrong.      


Working with alcohol inks can be very... messy!  And dangerous!  I'm glad I was using some heavy paper to protect my table.  If you do use inks like these, protect your hands too.  After my first session, I decided to wear plastic gloves after walking around with multi-colored hands for a week!


I tried some of the inks I bought in Italy last spring.  See this yellow card?  Well, I spilled my little bottle of yellow ink all over my drop paper.  Not to waste the ink, I rubbed my photo paper in the spilled mess.  You can see how the red alcohol ink reacted a little (not a lot actually) with the yellow.   


Here's why I decided to continue making alcohol ink sheets: they work well as focal points in my journal.  I took one of my sheets from last week, pasted it into my journal, and started drawing and writing on my page.  I'm thinking I might created a theme with these alcohol ink sheets.  We'll see.  



Here's my second try.  One this page, I decided to tape the sheet into my journal.  Again, I wrote a little about what was happening that day.


This post is for both AlphabeThursday's Letter I and my BBArtisans' January Challenge - Try A New Technique.  Come visit other AlphabeThursday links at Ms. Jenny's ... off on my tangent...

24 comments:

Duni said...

You've created interesting effects with those inks! Love that journal page on the bottom. Good idea to wear gloves :)
have a lovely day!

AntiquityTravelers said...

I really like the effect here ... much like water colors - one of my favorites!

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

I've not heard of this technique before! It's kind of like extreme watercoloring. :-)

I just started my new semester at school, and I have to shade my furniture layouts with markers now. I'm so used to pencil, this will be a HUGE change!

jfb57 said...

What lovely colours. Good luck with your projects!

Bee said...

I really love your art journal projects -- the purple flowers look great!

Monica said...

I love how they all turned out!

Gattina said...

Looks great, love the colors !

Memories for Life said...

You've been having a lot of fun! Each one is so unique.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I absolutely love that top pic!

Rose said...

It's been fascinating to see what you've done with your inks! What a fun technique for furthering your journaling.

Natasha Hoover said...

I've recently started using alcohol inks on metal. I agree - they can really get messy! I have mostly used them to color in specific areas, not to create the patterns and textures you've shown. Your way seems even messier!

Jesh St Germain said...

Messes never bothered me if it freed me up to do something new. This looks like fun to me! A great way to personalize your journal:)

BeadedTail said...

Those inks make great effects! I don't think they'd work well with kitties in the house though since you never know when they'll jump where they shouldn't.

Nancy said...

What an interesting process! What a cool effect!

Pamela said...

Love your work! :)

Linda Pruitt said...

I like the lavender page, very much!

Bee said...

I'm back to wish you a happy birthday! Came here via Cathy Kennedy's Blog :)

Pride In Photos said...

This art journal popularity is so big right now....I am So jealous!☺☺ This first photo is really amazing. You have some great talent...keep it going.
Laurie

Crafty Gardener said...

Interesting artwork.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Cool Alphabe-Thursday lesson! BTW, just wanted to stop by to say, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Your birthday post is up today. :D Maybe a few blogger pals will stop by to make your day a little more special.

Jenny said...

I hope you're feeling better.

Maybe the alcohol inks can help kills some of the germs around you.

Okay. Probably not!

But your work is incredible. It would be fun to 'play' with these!

Thank you for linking.

A+

Linda Blatchford said...

Looks like fun. You'll get it down.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I really thought I had left a comment here when I originally read your Alphabe-Thursday post! Oops, guess not! LOL!
Love the purple flowers! Interesting technique..

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I really thought I had left a comment when I originally read this for Alphabe-Thursday... oops, guess not!
Love the purple flowers! Interesting technique and great challenge project.

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