Coloring with White


I was inspired to do this piece by a recent trip to the Getty Villa, built to replicate a Roman villa by John Paul Getty to house his collection of antiquities. It is a wonderful space to spend time with ancient art. One of the rooms in the Villa is called the basilica, which, in ancient times was constructed as part of a private house used for gatherings or worship. The vaulted ceiling of the basilica at the villa is decorated with intricate stuccowork patterns modeled after a house in Pompeii.  For this piece I used texture paste and a fabulous stencil from StampersAnonymous and Tim Holtz (THS032). I experimented with some shading with marker which I hope to post later.

Creative Chemistry 102: Faded Layers

For this Creative Chemistry project we applied a selection of alcohol ink colors to Alcohol Ink Cardstock with the Ranger ink applicator tool to cover the card. We then put a stencil on top of the card and applied Blending Solution. We removed the stencil and when the card was dry we stamped images on top with Archival Ink.


The faded layer helps to give the image a holographic effect – love it!




Creative Chemistry 102: Tinted Tinsel

In Creative Chemistry 102, we explored one of the great things about alcohol inks – that you can color almost any surface with them! For this tag I used the monochrome ink (Candied Apple, Pine Needles and Vintage Photo Distress Inks) technique with a lovely Christmas sweater stencil. Tim Holtz Idea-ology line has this great product, tinsel twine, that I stained with green and red and then a little bit of brown (for that aged look) Adirondack alcohol inks.  When you heat the tinsel to dry the ink, a wonderful curling action occurs.


I love tiny things so I love this miniature tinsel!


Creative Chemistry 102: Ink Monoprint

Today’s Creative Chemistry 102, had us apply a selection of colors of Distress Ink to a stencil. After misting the ink on the stencil with water, we put the stencil on the tag and pressed down to transfer the ink to the tag. We removed the stencil and then dried the ink with some heat.


It looks like I just picked this poor old tag up out of a puddle of water.  I love the effect!


Creative Chemistry 102: Stencil Sketching

Similar to yesterday in Creative Chemistry 102, we combined stencils with stamping but with an addition. After inking up the background of the tag and applying the stencil, instead of stamping a pattern through the stencil, we used Distress Markers to sketch through the stencil to give certain parts more emphasis. On top of that, we stamped an additional image.


I really love the blue/green and redDistress Ink combination.