here's how I got started...

here's how I got started...
a 20 minute podcast by Crazy BeYOUtiful

Thursday, July 3, 2014

archival ink brayered backgrounds...

it started like this...

a few days ago Rick spotted a brayer in my studio & asked what the "roller thing" was used for...

I gave him several uses & that was that...
or so I thought...

a few days later I woke at 4 AM with a brayer idea...

grab your large brayer...
and your craft sheet...

this is a key ingredient...


and fill a mini mister with rubbing alcohol...(for UK friends, it's surgical spirit)...

the one minute background goes like this...

I swiped the dandelion archival pad & the cornflower blue archival pad onto the craft sheet, then lightly misted the inks with the rubbing alcohol...


and picked up the inks with the brayer...
then brayered up & down over specialty stamping paper...

oh yes...IN LOVE...
very worn looking effect...
nice mixing of colors...

I turned around to plug in my heat tool, but in those few short seconds, the paper was already dry...

the one minute background...seriously simple & F A S T!


then I wondered what would happen if I brayered over an oval clearly for art die cut...
I used the same colors as above...



this is cool...
the inky fluid seeped under the oval & created a subtle frame...

I WILL be doing this again...




the next color combo I wanted to try is orange blossom & hydrangea...



 you'll notice a little difference in the photo below...

instead of brayering across the full length of the ss paper, I just did short rolls with abrupt stops...
that deposited excess ink & makes the spots you see...

it's a very dimensional effect, but with only one layer of ink...I can't wait to stamp & stencil over this one...


hmmmm...what about only using one color archival ink with a drop of the gold metallic mixative?



same alcohol misted tree branch archival ink on the right...
on the left you'll see the one drop of the mixative with a bit of alcohol...


this creates a beautiful monochromatic background with  amazing shimmer...
this is already cut for card fronts...
I just NEED more studio time...


my next thought was that stripes would be fun...

this is dandelion, forget-me-not & leaf green archivals...

I used the smaller brayer for this one...
this is a half sheet of specialty stamping paper...
I'm liking this too...


here's some ideas for these backgrounds...
trust me...make one & you'll NEED to make 12 more!
it's a very fun, very simple technique...

I like to make larger sheets, which I'll use for art journal pages later...

and then I can cut them up for card fronts too...

I know I'll be die cutting some to create my own custom embellishments, like cool flowers...

I like to make backgrounds on brain dead days...
those kind of days where no ideas are popping out...

sometimes the background speaks to you & guides the whole art process...

ok...here's how I used one of them...
I cut the striped one in half...

I had some custom colored white embossing paste all ready to go...

it was mixed right in the new mix & store jar & it was colored with a drop of the fern green archival reinker...


I spread the green embossing paste thru the wreathe stencil...

it dries with cool texture & it adds no weight to the card...
it won't pop off or crack...
and the embossing paste goes thru the mail with no problem at all...


below you'll see some stenciling on the left...
I used the checkmate stencil with tree branch archival...

I used watering can archival to stencil the stripes...

and cornflower blue to add the random text stamping on the far right...

I used jet black archival to stamp my sentiment & the flourish...

I had planned to add pen stitching to the edges, but instead I used the tarnished brass distress paint to edge the card front...


I stamped a portion of the thistle stamp on a scrap of specialty stamping paper...
then inked right over the whole shebang with leaf green archival & cut them out...




here's the leaves... 

the art parts flower was created by pressing it onto the reverse dots background stamp...

the stamp was inked with forget-me-not archival...
this stamp stamps the background NOT the dots...
the dots are the kraft color of the art part showing thru...

this is a good stamp for adding lots of color...



at the last minute I changed my mind and trimmed the card to make it even smaller...
and edged it with the tarnished brass distress paint...

I inked this FAVORITE lace border stamp with tarnished brass distress paint & stamped the lace border onto the black card stock twice...

I also used the paint to edge the card...

if you look at the stamp set, the lace border is to the far left & is vertical...easy to miss seeing...I get lots of questions about where to find this stamp...

a few black glaze pen dots added to the wreathe is a great tiny detail...but it does matter...



things to note...

when using specialty stamping paper, ALWAYS dry every layer of ink you add...
the magic coating really slows down the drying time of all inks...

the specialty stamping paper does not allow the inky fluid to seep thru the paper...this is great when you're making art journal pages...
when you start the back of the page, you have a nice white surface...no ugly blobs to worry about covering up...

I tried this technique on manila card stock...not too impressed...
don't bother...

when mixing color into embossing paste, start with ONE DROP, since reinkers are very concentrated...

same situation with the metallic mixatives...ONE drop is all you need...

reinkers & mixatives will last a LONG time...
there must be a million drops in those tiny bottles...

excess custom colored paste stays nice & fresh in the mix & store jars...
they're very convenient...
no clean up...and best of all...NO waste!

and now for the laugh of the day...
Rick was outside mowing the lawn & someone asked if we are selling green acres...


NO...WE ARE NOT MOVING...
NO...the place is NOT for sale...
N E V E R    E V E R...

why?

here's what gave him the idea...



these are the supplies for my classes next weekend in NC at Betty's...
just waiting for Fed-Ex pickup...
the tubs & boxes are going...

NOT US!
oh wait..I AM...but I'm coming home!

well...I hope this tutorial gives you more reason to love archival inks...

they're great for stamping...

they're great stenciling...

they're great for inking & coloring NON porous surfaces...
like metal embellishments...

they're great for creating custom colored embossing pastes...

and they're great for background techniques...

get out your brayer...

give it a go & let me know how you like this technique...

I LOVE another way to...

make art!
wendy
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53 comments:

Meme said...

Your inks rock! Just saying!
Have a great weekend Wendy!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Great tutorial Wendy , I love my brayer and use it most days but not tried the Archival Inkpads, they create a wonderful background. Thanks. Tracy x

Caroline D. said...

I just LOVE your blog posts and tutorials!! I feel like I'm back in class with you! I will definitely try this brayer technique. I had to chuckle when you said Rick asked what the roller thing was. My husband will ask me similar questions from time to time... lol. Your front porch is decorated so lovely with all the pretty planters and the little flag pieces set about. Hope you have a happy and fun 4th!!

Wilma said...

W O W!! Great tutorial, thank you. I'm going to look for my brayer;-)
Love your front porch!

SusanK said...

Great balls of fire! That is one super cool idea! Can't wait to come up with my own color combos!

Buttons said...

As ever you've led the way with more fantastic ideas for using those oh so essential Archival Inks. Thank you so much Wendy. Jenny x

TaborTooth said...

Great ideas...

Leslie M. said...

This is a definite on my to do list this weekend! Thank you!

Helen said...

I love the backgrounds, and the card looks fabulous. Have a great trip.

Marci said...

Love the first bg especially! I always learn so much here. Thank you! Your porch is pretty.

Anna-Karin said...

Fabulous technique Wendy and I love your finished project. I love my brayers!

Cindy Borcherding said...

AWESOME Wendy!! Now to find my brayer.. lol!

Redanne said...

So many great tips (as ever!) and I love the new technique - this is one of those 'now why didn't I think of that' ideas - love it and will definitely be trying it. Love your front porch too. Anne x

faddisfamily said...

I know that Tim Holtz cautions in his classes not to put his blending solution in a misting bottle - that it is harmful to breathe in. Should there be the same concern for plain rubbing alcohol?

County Purr Farm Scrapbooking said...

Great post! Makes me want to set everything aside and try your fun techniques.

Lisapmac said...

I love archival inks, still getting to grips with my brayer :-)

Julia Aston said...

Love this Wendy - I'm going right up to my craft room and trying it out! I just made a green wreath like yours on my blog post here: http://www.createwithjulia.blogspot.com/2014/07/mixed-media-card-challenge-touch-of.html

and check out my bottle on the eclectic Paperie blog today! a la Vecchi technique!
http://eclecticpaperie.blogspot.com/2014/07/july-eplay-challenge-altered-bottles.html

have a great 4th of July!

Pam said...

So awesome! Can't wait to try this great technique.

JanBianchi said...

Wow, what an awesome idea and usage of the inkers. Thank you for the great post. Love the natural wood of your home!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, fabulous!! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!! Can't wait to try it!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Rea' said...

WOW... ( I really need to work on a better vocabulary) BUT that's what your work does to me all I can say is WOW!! You come up with such fun ideas; and they are absolutely beautiful!
Yes I so love your inks !!

Micki said...

uuuuuhhhhhhh love the stripes, definitely going to make some background papers using this technique. Love the card!!!! I've got to get me some of those mixing jars, I always make up too much when I mix embossing paste with colors. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!!! xoxo

Jeanette Horner said...

I'm getting my brayers, after this!! I will use anything to use my archival inks. This is exciting and I cant wait to try it.. thank you again my Wendy Genius,!! Happy 4th to you.

barbarayaya62 said...

Stunning technique! I love it and i want to try!BARbarayaya

Craftychris said...

So cool! x

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Thanks for giving us another reason to love archival inks. Another very cool background technique and I love the idea of doing something on "brain dead days" -LOL!

Happy 4th!

Linda

Donna Maligno said...

Great tutorial, Wendy! Very inspirational.

Stephanie Rodgers said...

I love your little experiments!

Julie Steed said...

Gorgeous!! I have to confess that sometimes I start reading and think "Hm...I don't know." but you never disappoint and I'm always amazed at the transformation. What a great technique. LOL at the moving. Seeing your beautiful front porch, I'm guessing that somebody was hoping to snatch up your lovely home!

Debby said...

Lovely background idea. May have to give this a try. Like the random look and I do have some cards to make. Have fun on your trip. Hope the hurricane is gone and weather is nice for you.

Anita Houston said...

I LOVE your 4 am brayer ideas! Very cool you queen of Alcohol...lol! Love this Wendy!!!

Tona said...

I just love it when you do experiments! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Kim said...

Thank you...Big hugs!! (LOVE the brayer technique...but of course!) XXOO

Lori said...

Love, love, love it! Great way to use "old" tools! And I love that card!

isisimaginings.com said...

I LOVE these background ideas & your finished card is stunning. Have a great weekend.

janine said...

I'm getting these inks today!! The scrapbook store in town is having a sale today---40% off. I can't wait to get these inks!!

Carol McCready said...

Love the backgrounds you created.

Terri Urban said...

Great tutorial Wendy. Love your inks this is a wonderful wait to get a different look. Thank you!
Joan
www.joanstouch.com

Peg Robinson said...

Great ideas. Love Archival Inks!

Wendy Down said...

Thanks for the great tips and Yay! At last someone told me what rubbing alcohol is for us in UK!!

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