Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Technique Tuesday -- Marbelized Alcohol Inks Tutorial

Welcome to another edition of Technique Tuesday.  There are many ways to get a marbelized look in your backgrounds.  In the past I've shown you how to use pastels, and I'm sure many of you have tried it with paint.  But did you know you can also use alcohol inks?
Here is what you'll need to get started:

glossy card stock       a container large enough for your card stock    tweezers      2 colors of alcohol ink

Fill the container with about an inch of water and add several drops of the alcohol inks.  Just how much is up to you, but for a small piece of paper, only about 3-4 drops of each color will be enough.  If you're using a larger container and a full sheet of cardstock, you'll probably want to use more.

Swirl the inks around quickly.

 Lay the cardstock, glossy side down into the water.  Do not submerge.

Quickly remove the cardstock, using the tweezers and set it aside to dry.

You might be able to get two pieces made from one mixture of the water and inks, but the second will be much lighter.  Here are some I did with various color combinations:

I used the first as my background for this week's challenge at the PID yahoo group.  The theme is "Holiday Season," and here is my ATC:

I used this adorable kewpie from sheet # 713, stood her on a wrapped present so she'd be closer to the mistletoe, and gave her a bow.  When you have some backgrounds handy, creating art is that much easier.  So when you try a new technique, make enough for your current project and some leftover for later.

If you try this marbelized alcohol ink background, be sure to send us your creation!

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3 friends said:

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Pretty pretty pretty!!!!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

Just Precious, Eileen!! Thanks for sharing the technique....I'm going to try it...and curious what the metallic alchol inks will do :O)

Elaine A said...

That's really neat Eileen. Quick and easy.

Elaine Allen