Saturday, 18 November 2017

Alcohol Inks - No 10

Hello and thank you for stopping by.
Today I have 'No 10', in my series of nattily named alcohol pieces, to share with you.

This is a 9" × 12" painting on Yupo using a selection of my favourite, nature inspired, colours. 

Some of my art will be ready for sale soon. If you are interested in any of them then please drop me an email for further details (link under profile). All of my paintings have been sealed with a varnish spray to prevent fading and will be sent in a 14" × 11" white, frame mount with a backing board and sealed in a protective, cellophane bag (UK only at present).

This is what it will look like if placed in a black, glassed frame. 
I see tree tops from above, on a bright spring morning, in this one. As always, I'd love to know what you see.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

New Home

Ahoy and thanks for stopping by.
Today I have a card to share using a stamp from a company called One Four Zero that I bought years ago when I first joined this amazing, crafting community. 

I decided to highlight the houses by not colouring them in, except the one door, and just adding the sky and grass around them with distress inks and a stencil.

A few sequins and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted to finish.
A nice, simple card....I say 'simple'...but it still took me yonks to

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Alcohol Inks - No 9

Ahoy and thank you for stopping by.
Today I have another alcohol inking to share called No 9.

I love how this one turned out, it looks like a view of Earth from outta space.

That's why I love alcohol inks, for their magical qualities, their ability to leave us seeing all different things within a piece.

I used Pitch Black, Slate & Patina (Adirondack) and the gorgeous Pinata 'Rich Gold', which I much prefer to the Adirondack version.

I see oceans meeting the land, what about you?

Winter is truly on the way now, stay snug n' warm and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Alcohol Inks - No 8

An uber quick post today. 
Coz I've stoooopidly lost all my 'how I did this' photos...Doh!
What I can tell you is I've named it 'No 8', I've used blue and green alcohol inks (sorry I can't remember the colour names) and I love this one. 
Reminds me of my happy place...the great outdoors.
Thanks for stopping by and enduring my obsession with these inks.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Alcohol Inks - No 7

 Allow me to introduce 'No 7', my latest alcohol ink creation and a colour I definitely need to use more

Adirondack's 'Stonewashed' is a beautiful blue with hints of pink which ooze out as you work with it.

This is a 9" × 12" piece of heavyweight Yupo.

Up close you can see the depths of colour and the pink hues.

The final painting, as always, is treated with a clear varnish & protective UV coating and here's what it looks like when framed.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fab week.

Friday, 29 September 2017

MFT Bold Blooms (Foliage)

Do you ever make a card that you love so much that you almost can't bear to send?
This was one of them and yet it took just a few minutes to make.

Sometimes I can sit for hours and can't make a card for love or money. The ol' mojo does a runner or what I make just doesn't feel right. Those that I pontificate over or stress about for days are the ones that either end up in the bin or push me to the point of selling EVERYTHING (again!)

I love the simplicity of this card. 'Foliagey' cards just make me happy.
I'm weird...I know.

I used one of the leafy stamps from MFT's 'Bold Blooms' and loosely stamped the coloured section. I wasn't worried about stamping it perfectly...I wanted the colour to go over the outlines in a relaxed style.

I personalised it using Memory Box's Classic alphabet die set and added a heap of sequins from Neat & Tangled (Ocean Waves).
I love these leaves..., they'd be great in autumnal colours. Hmmmmm....might try them on Christmas cards, coloured with glitter. 
Have a groovy weekend X

Monday, 25 September 2017

VIDEO - Alcohol Inks - No 6

Me again...with ANOTHER alcohol inked piece....forgive me (lol).

I've made a video on this one to show you some of the process. I've had to speed it up a bit so as not to bore you to tears and to edit out my procrastinating, ummming n' arrring, spilling ink, dropping bits, etc.... 

This time I used some really zingy, 'sherbety' colours.... Adirondack Lemonade, Limeade and Flamingo.

This is a 9" × 12" piece of Yupo. As usual, I use 91% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol, flicking, blowing and a using a paintbrush to move the inks about.

After the video ended, I added more dots of coloured ink for some depth in the centre. As always, the finished piece is varnished and treated with UV protective coating.

Here's how I made this painting... which alongside all my other pieces, will be available for sale soon.

You can see my other videos on Youtube here (Jane Clempson).

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Alcohol Inks - No 5

Allow me to introduce another of my alcohol ink paintings, named 'No 5' (catchy huh?)  

On this one I used Cool Peri, Stonewashed, Raspberry and Purple Twilight inks from Adirondack. I also used 91% Isopropyl alcohol and a 9" × 12" sheet of Yupo.

 I started by drizzling the alcohol over my paper and then added a few drops of ink diagonally across the sheet.

With my air spritzer, I smooshed the colours about to create an airy background.

I then repeated the process with more ink drops and alcohol until I had the intensity of colour I was looking for.

With the finest of paintbrushes, I added a dotty effect with the alcohol and the teeniest amount of ink, dripped onto the bristles.

Before framing, all of my pieces are varnished to give a protective coating...

...and here's what the finished piece looks like when it's framed.
Happy crafting!!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Alcohol Inks - No 4

Wednesday is almost over, which means the weekend is almost here again...Yay!
I have another alcohol ink painting to share with you today... No 4.
Just to explain, if you're not a regular stalker visitor to my blog, I have decided to number, rather than name, my 'abstract' pieces as we all seem to see different things in paintings.

Believe it or not, I just used Adirondack Slate & Pitch Black this time. Both colours have an amazing mix of other colours in them that are revealed as they bloom. This is a 9" × 12" sheet of Yupo.

I used 91% Rubbing Alcohol and blew the inks around with my Tim Holtz air spritzer gadget.

These are just some close-up photos to show you the range of colours that come from black and grey.

The movement of the inks is intoxicating, as are the fumes, so for gawds sake, make sure you work in a well ventilated room. I have the windows and doors open as well as a fan on full blast. You gotta be VERY careful!!

I added silver foil highlights for that final touch.

So here's No 4, varnished and with a UV protective coating, in a frame.
Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for visiting.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

MFT - Lucky Dog

Is it me, or has this year just flown by? 
I say it every year, but this year seems to have gone by faster than ever. We'll be digging out the baubles n' tinsel before you know it.

This is the card I made for my husband for his birthday last month. We got a rescue dog almost 2 years ago and, although he will deny it, my husband adores her. 

In fact they adore each other, it's quite sweet to watch them together

MFT's Lucky Dog was the perfect stamp set to use on this occasion. I picked a few of the images and simply stamped them to form a kind of background paper.
Basic colouring with Promarkers, nothing fancy schmancy and a sentiment from the same set.

A really easy card to make and a brilliant stamp set for a dog lover...even if they deny
A blustery, rainy week ahead here in Blighty...have a good 'un.
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