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Monday, 20 September 2010

Compendium of Curiosities - Challenge No. 15 - Alcohol Ink Agate on Grunge

This week's challenge set by Linda over on her blog Studio L3 is to create something using the technique on page 53 of Tim Holtz book 'Compendium of Curiosities'.  The technique called 'Alcohol Ink Agate on Grunge' - a bit of a mouthful!

I created these two ATCs following the technique - they are both Grungeboard as are the little tags.  I fell at the first hurdle though as I didn't have any Pearl paint dabbers, so I used 'Snow Cap' instead.  I used the following colours of alcohol ink - for the dark one - Hazelnut, Lake Mist, Willow, Purple Twilight and Gold mixative.  For the orangey one - Peach Bellini, Watermelon, Shell Pink, Mountain Rose and Gold mixative.

I rubber stamped images on the ATCs from Stampers Anonymous 'Artful Flight' and the little tags from Invoke Art 'Bird Tags'.  I used gold ink so the images are quite subdued.

The dark one turned out to be very dark indeed - I think I overworked the alcohol ink.  To lighten it a bit, I edged with gold pen and then triple embossed both the ATC and tag.  This showed up the detail much more, so I did the same with the other one too.  They are both very shiny now so do have the look of agate.

I forgot to mention, before applying the alcohol ink, I adhered some torn paper (text for the dark one and music score for the orange one) at the bottom of each ATC.  The alcohol inks covered most of it up though, you may just be able to see it in the photo.

I'm enjoying all these challenges as I'm sure I wouldn't have worked through the book otherwise - and there's still plenty more to do - yipeee!!!

Thanks for looking and happy crafting as always!


22 comments:

Deanna Cosgrove said...

Wow, these are truly stunning. I love your sense of composition. The gold on the edges truly makes them exquisite! And, you are not the only one with the dilemma of no Pearl dabber. I will improvising as well.

MarleneMAZ said...

These are both beautiful, great way to show off this weeks technique. I did not have the pearl dabber either but found a bottle of Deco Art Dazzling Metallic acrylic paint in the colour White pearl, seemed to work fine.

Yelowflower said...

they are both so pretty, and I love how you didn't let a little thing like it being a little too dark slow you down! Great job

Cindy Is Crafty said...

Sherry, they are really cool! I love your curiousity work!

Createology said...

Each of these is beautiful. I especially like the green/blue one as those are very much my colors. Happy creating...

Helen said...

These ATC's are great.

Meggymay said...

They are both amazing Sherry, love the colours.

Sue West said...

YOur ATC's are stunning Sherry. What gorgeous colours, and who needs a pearl dabber when you get those lovely effects.
Sue x

Terry said...

Loving both of your ATC's!! Gorgeous colors on each piece!

craftytrog said...

Wow! These are both stunning Sherry! x

Evelyn S. said...

These are beautiful! Love the colors...and those extra touches!

CuddlyBunny said...

These are so COOL! I love your addition of mesh and torn paper!

Sandi M said...

These are beautiful!

Shawn Caro said...

Sherry, these are both beautiful. I love that you did two. Great idea to edge them with that gold pen. Love em!

Kathy Eddy said...

These are wonderful examples of this tech. Love the gold one!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Wow, Sherry, these both turned out beautifully! The Snow Cap worked just fine as the base paint, and the colors on both ATCs are really rich and gorgeous! I love the "tag-within-a-card" design-- it's a really effective way to show off this technique and still have great texture, especially with the cool gold mesh behind the tags. The papers layered under the ink do show up well, and add a whole new level of visual interest. Great work!

Jenxo said...

i think these are just stunning Sherry, what a great technique....

Daniele said...

stunning ATCs, 2 for the price as one, the gold mess is a lovely fininshing touch
hugs

Jackie said...

Isn't it wonderful how using the same technique in different colours completely changes how the pieces look. Two wonderful ATCs, Sherry!

Rhonda said...

They are both gorgeous examples of this technique and the little tag addition is wonderful - cheers!

Netty said...

wow what gorgeous ATCs. x

Rachelle said...

Beautiful ATCs! I love all the new colors you used and everything about them!