I saw a “recipe” for making spray ink on a blog recently and decided to try it out. Not only would it be a money saver, but it would also be a way to upcycle come spray bottles I already have and a new technique to try- TRIPLE WIN! Here’s the blog with the really simple instructions:
I started out all these cards with a little spray-ink from the first bottle I made. The only glitch I found was that the spray-nozzle seemed to get clogged up after not too long. I think I’ll have to clear it out with water pretty frequently. When I started out, I didn’t have as much paint in the solution, but it wasn’t very dark on the page, so I guess the clogged sprayer is the price I pay for wanting more color. I also used the tulle to make some texture on the card with a brush in the same color paint.
I had printed this little poem/blessing on a card with my new printer when I was testing it out a couple weeks ago. It had come to my attention when I saw a blogger post a request from Jan to let people know that it was actually her work, rather than the work of someone else it was mistakenly being attributed to. Here’s that post:
And here’s a link to one of Jan’s blogs:
I love Jan’s work and am going to a retreat being sponsored by my church that she’s leading in the fall. I can’t wait. I used the washi tape prompt on this one for just a little more color, but I didn’t want to do too much to it because I think the words are just beautiful as they are.
These last two I just made for fun. The Dr. Seuss quote is one of my wife’s favorites so I’m going to put it in a little frame for her office (and the rainbow wording is a big theme for us, for obvious reasons). I tried using some “floating medium” I had around but couldn’t really figure out what it did. I have to check out some tutorials and try it again when I have some more time and patience.
The last one is just a quote that popped into my head with the combo of the “ocean” and “bicycle” prompts. I kind of messed up the bicycle wheel, but it’s only an index card, after all. After the spray clogged, I just took the cap off and started flicking and wiping the straw on the card. I made a little washi tape fish and then put on the reverse of the fish for good measure. (Who’s ever seen an ocean with only one fish?)
Here are a few other ICAD posts from some of my other favorite bloggers:
http://pixelknitsponderings.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/index-card-a-day-2013-week-6/ – She used some spray-inks this week, too. I love all the techniques she tried, especially her scrap washi heart (I need to start my own scrap-washi collection, now.)
http://defineyourjoy.com/2013/07/14/this-weeks-index-cards-2/ – I know I’ve already linked to Natasha’s cards but I just love them and her daughter is still doing them right along with her. She was just published in Altered Arts Magazine, which is the coolest thing in the world. (She totally deserves it.)
http://imperfectimpulses.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/idle-impulses/ – And here’s another blog I recently started following. I especially love his art journal stuff and I’ve watched a bunch of his tutorials on YouTube. They’re not only fun to watch, they teach great techniques. Here’s his YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjU04ybwhaF0OyvQp-4Y1Eg
Thanks for looking. Two more weeks of ICAD… what will be my next “challenge”???