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Thursday, February 19, 2015

altering with archival reinkers...


here's a fun 10 minute project...

the metal candleholder shown below
 was a Hobby Lobby find...
it caught my eye because of 
the chipped surface...

I also liked it because it was white, making it simple to alter with archival reinkers...

archivals are transparent when diluted, so they look great over light colored surfaces...


here it is looking down on it...
obviously it's a candleholder...

but is it really?


turned upside down, now it's an ADORABLE little display stand...
and it looks like a flower on a base...


from the top is looks like this...
for sure...
I see a flower!


start the timer...
this is a 10 minute or less project...

as always, I'm working on my craft sheet...

I added 2 drops of carnation red reinker...
that brown bottle behind it
 is rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol...


I diluted the reinker with the alcohol and mixed the reinker into the alcohol with a palette knife,
to make this inky solution...

then I took a cheapo paint brush and painted the flower portion of my little find...


oopsie...
having too much fun...
forgot to take the next photo...

diluted with alcohol to paint the base...

when the inks were dry, I swiped 
 over the raised areas to define the flower better...

and here's the result...


this next photo shows that I allowed the ink to pool on the base for extra interest...

but, you could paint it 
to be perfectly smooth, 
if you'd like...


hmmm...
now what to put on the stand?




the moral of the story today is to...
always keep your eyes open...

look for simple (light colored) things to alter...
check Good Will...
or flea markets...
or antique stores...

remember...
it doesn't need to be pricy...

and remember that archival inks
 and archival reinkers are...
AWESOME 
when you want to alter your finds...

this technique will work on resin pieces too...

*coming soon to a blog near you!*

there are lots of archival reinker colors, 
so you can customize your find 
and choose any color that fits your decor...

I'm thinking that the new tea rose 
would be so pretty...
and for sure the new buttercup & 
sky blue would be cool too...

I like when products 
can be used more than one way...

use your archival reinkers 
or use them to...

make (altered home decor) art!
wendy



22 comments:

Gabrielle said...

What a terrific idea! Will scour the shops looking for similar things here in Blighty!

Janie said...

So cool.

Elaine said...

So bright and cheerful - love it!

Rea' said...

Fun idea !

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is amazing!! I love the makeover!! Gorgeous!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Becca Cruger said...

Wow! That gives off such a vibrant color! Great transformation!

SusanK said...

From 'plain jane' to 'magnificent maude'! Wow!

Dorothy said...

Fantastic!!

Ruby Craft said...

Well I guess I'm going to be turning a lot of things upside down and not just to look for the price. Amazing technique for altering pieces. Thanks Wendy

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

That is very cute.

Anne said...

Great find and re-do. It needs to hold some old thread spools to go with the awesome sewing machine you are teasing me with!

maggiej said...

I see a magnet in the bottom to hold pins!

Patty O'Malley said...

Looks fantastic! Love your sewing machine, too! Never saw one like that.

Kathy Bradley said...

Oh my gosh - what an adorable stand - I like it much better as a stand rather than the candle holder. The colors you've used to paint it - are awesome. Thanks for sharing.
P.S. Gorgeous antique sewing machine.

Ursula said...

Wow! Such a cool technic, love it! Also love your little antique sewing machine :)

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you have that creative eye!
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Marci said...

You are giving us good ideas, for sure!

nonnie said...

Fabulous idea!

Anita Houston said...

You AMAZE me all the time! LOVE LOVE LOVE this and how your vision came to be!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

I'd love to go on a shopping trip with you one day, and then playtime!

rkramadh said...

Beautiful piece....I often eye these clearance items at HL/Michaels/Joann etc. I never thought of using reinkers of course! Could we use alcohol inks too as they work well on metal?