Friday, 21 September 2018

2018 #16 Reinkers: Garden Love with ESN {by Ellie Knol}

2018 Topic 16: Reinkers



Fascinating process by Ellie in this post where she uses her reinker in a clever way to create a fun background, and in the process a resist-pop! It may look like a simple, elegant home decor piece, and it is, but she had to work hard to get there! Well worth it! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Ellie Knol with you today, and I'd like to share with you the making of some home decor, to be precise: an MDF board with 49 MDF inchies (sized 1,5 inch each) with reinkers, tissuepaper and the beautiful stamps from Sarah Naumann!

Creating something for this theme was a bit tricky, as I wanted to use pigment ink reinkers of for a technique that could not be done with a regular (pigment) ink stamp pad. Also, I had to think of using it with these beautiful stamps and enhance both of course!! I had it all finished a week ago but had to start all over as I did not like the first one I created. I had to scrape everything off, and sand and paint all those little squares first!! My husband told me I was crazy; maybe I am a, but I do like this one more than the first one, and that's why I did it again!



This is a close-up of the first one I did, I certainly did not like the stencilled squares on this project, they were too prominent.




As you can see I chose to use only the blue pigment ink for version 2, not the green. I like the contrast between the Ginkgo leaves and the blue so much this way, and I wanted it to look like this from the start. As soon as I added the green color on the first project, it started being too much, I was left with less white parts of the initial white background. This is way better!!

Let's start on this project! I used 
tissue wrap paper, approximately the size of the project, a tiny bit bigger.


I stamped the beautiful stamps from ESN20 with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.


(PS .. I laid it on a darker piece of cardstock so the embossing would be visible on the photograph above).



I had prepared the MDF base with white gesso and a layer of 
Snowflake Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint. 



LOVE this paint, one layer is enough to cover it, it's that opaque! I adhered the tissue paper to the project with decoupage glue, by brushing the glue onto the surface (also between the inchies) and pressing the tissue paper onto it with a damp cloth.... ...  SO, there is no glue on top of the tissue paper. I did this on purpose, You'll see why in the next step.

I used a sturdy (dry and clean) brush to push the paper inbetween the inchies (yes it will tear, but that's OK) , and used a ruler to press the paper to the sides of the MDF inchies. Of course this needs to be dry before the next step.


Now for the fun part: adding the reinker! Brayer a fair amount of Colorbox Cyan pigment re-inker onto a gel-plate, and brayer it sparingly onto the project. Don't cover the whole background but just partially. Re-ink the brayer every time from the gel-plate and brayer over a different part of you project until you are satisfied with the result. Certainly don't overdo this step.
 

The pigment ink gets soaked up mostly by the tissue paper; more than it would have if I had covered the tissue paper with decoupage glue in the previous step.



A close-up of the brayered pigment ink. Leave it to dry completely. Don't use a heat tool or else if the embossing powder re-melts, then you will tint the white embossing with the blue ink permanently. You may carefully use the heat of a heat tool to dry it from a distance, though.


When totally dry, wipe over the white heat embossing carefully with a damp cloth to clean up so the words pop and are more obvious.


 


On this photograph I was laying out the leaves to see where I wanted to glue them down, and whether I would add some more brown-red stamping first. I Covered the leaves with 2 layers of Fresco Finish - Gloss Glaze to make them more sturdy and glossy.


I chose to stamp the words 'garden' and 'love' from the same stamp set in a brownish red to match the Ginkgo leaves; only horizontally on the height of the leaves, to give them kind of a base. I used the same ink to outline the outside and inside border of the project. And then I adhered the leaves to the project with a hot glue gun.



Cover up the leaves and splatter with 
Snowflake Fresco Acrylic Paint to give it a more artistic feel.



LOVE those leaves and quotes from the Sara Naumann stamp set. It adds so much to the dreamy background.



The blue really makes for such a clean contrast with the white heat embossing and the Ginkgo leaves 
!!


I certainly learned a lot in making this project. First thing was that you can very quickly overdo the brayering and fill up the whole background with color, which in this case was a problem for me! I have never used the pigment reinkers this way, and really had a tough time to figure out what to make and cover the theme and use the stamps to go with it. I wanted to enhance both those elements to the full! There are not many techniques that can only be done with re-inkers; most of the techniques can also be done with an ink pad.
It was a fun project though, and I will try and use some Mica Gloss from Judikins with this brayering technique soon! I could not use them for this project as they are not re-inkers.

I really hope you get inspired by our posts this fortnight and try some of the techniques we share, and of course enter the challenge to WIN! 

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

2018 #16 Reinkers: Drop & Spritz Technique with ETS {by Autumn Clark}

2018 Topic 16: Reinkers


In this post Autumn seems to create a velvet-like magic on this journal cover with her reinkers! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Autumn Clark with you today, and I'd like to share with you a little experiment I'll call the Reinker Drop and Spritz Technique.  

I love using spray inks in my work and thought why not utilize my stash of reinkers in a similar method, spraying the colors with water for movement and blending.  I decided to try and keep my colors separate, similarly to the cells you create with dropping alcohol inks.  I must say this was so much fun to try and I hope you'll have a go yourself...


I chose a die cut wrap journal as my substrate.  This one was cut from white matboard and I knew I needed to gesso it to give my inks a bit of flexibility.  I gessoed the front and back.  Next I dropped a reinker onto the prepared surface randomly.  I used Adirondack brand reinkers, but I'm sure any dye based ink would have a similar result.  After I dropped my first color I spritzed the centers of the ink drops heavily with water to allow the ink to spread.  Then I moved on, color after color until the front of my panel was covered, drying in between each color.


I was able to go back in and sponge any areas that didn't get covered for a more finished look.  I even found that splashing water on the panel would allow the ink to be lifted.  



I used Distress Glaze with a sponge to seal my inks.  I felt this was important for a journal that would be handled a lot.  I added white embossing with the exquisite PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Tracy Scott} Collection (ETS02) on my cover and inner flap.



I dipped some watercolor card into pools of watered reinkers on my kraft mat.  Notice the much more vibrant effect this gave versus the gessoed panels?  I cut the card to size and covered some purchased mini composition notebooks which are held in place with threaded elastic.


I wanted the interior of my notebook to be much darker, to contrast with the light cover and white embossing.  I dry brushed Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint (Midnight), trying to scrape off some of the paint and allow the brushstrokes to show.  I purposely didn't paint to the edge.  Then I went back over the exposed edges with Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint (Claret).  This transluscent paint was perfect to highlight those white spaces without changing the color of the Midnight base.  I will definitely be using this technique again!


The final detail was to add Alison's beautiful quote from PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Alison Bomber} Collection (EAB07).  


What a fabulous, inspiring sentiment for a journal!


I had a blast dropping and spritzing with my reinkers and I know you will too!  I walked away with two new techniques as a result of sheer abandon in play.  I hope your wheels are turning with color combinations and twists on this fun concept and look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Until next time, Autumn Clark

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Monday, 17 September 2018

2018 #16 Reinkers: Experiments with Rats, reinkers and EDY {by Raquel Burillo}

2018 Topic 16: Reinkers


Rats! Yes that is right!! Re-inkers and rats...2 words I never thought I'd be writing in a sentence!  Read on!! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone! Raquel here from scrapcosy. Today I’m bringing you 2 different projects (and therefore, 2 videos) that I’ve created for the Reinkers challenge.

You would think reinkers just exist to add ink on your wasted ink pads, however, as you may have seen from the intro post and as you will see here and the rest of the weeks, you can do many other things with them. At my end I will show you about 5 different uses and I will use my favourite stamp set by Darcy EDY21 and one of her new stencils from the latest release PS115.



Watercolour - Welcome Home



For this technique I decided to use the distress oxide reinkers as watercolours. I selected for my palette: fossilized amber, faded jeans, aged mahogany, vintage photo, bundled sage, peeled paint and a touch of picked raspberry). I stamped my images on a 5 by 7 piece of heavy smoothy paper using versaFine Clair fallen leaves, which seem to repel water very well and don’t get as much covered as regular archival or regular versafine. This is my go to ink when it comes to this technique. I used my PaperArtsy white craft mat as a palette and I put a tiny drop of each one of the inks on it, then with a waterbrush (or a brush dipped into water) I added water to the drop, and I started colouring my stamped composition. I used the stamp set EDY21 by Darcy.  


I did some masking to create a little neighbourhood out of just one house (I love that house!!) and I used just 5 colours of ink for the entire piece.




And since my composition was crooked, I decided to attach it to a dark background a bit twisted so the actual floor is flat.


I really spent a relaxing time with this project, I really enjoyed playing with the reinkers in this way! If you want to see it coming to life, here is the video:




Experiments with Rats


Then, I decided to experiment a little bit more. I recently bought a vintage photo regular distress reinker for my inkpad, since I was running out of that ink again… It’s my favourite ink to add a final vintage touch on projects. And I also had the Vintage Photo distress oxide reinker. So I decided to use both reinkers (regular and oxide) to create the same project in 2 tiny cards out of smoothy heavy cardstock and compare the results. Regular Distress ink is translucent and Distress Oxide ink is opaque so even if I used the same colour, I thought the results should be a bit different, and I was right. Here is a video with all the details of my experiments, but I'll also write down the main steps and techniques used.


The first technique was to create my background. I used 2 big drops of Chalk Fresco Paint on my craftsheet, I extended them with a palette knife and added one drop of Vintage Photo Oxide ink on one and regular ink on the other one, I mixed the paint loosely and dragged and touched each piece of card on the corresponding puddle of paint until I got full coverage. I got a pastel look and when dried it with the Heat Tool it surprisingly became pinkish. I didn’t finish there, I added some water on the leftovers of the sheet, picked it again with my card, sprayed on the card some drops and heat set, until I created that typical distressed background full of drops, splashes and all but in a softer version. They got similar colour but the oxide one (left) was lighter in colour.



The second technique was to add ink through the stencil. I just put a tiny amount of ink in my craftsheet and lifted/smudge it using a piece of cut-n-dry foam and I added the buildings using Darcy’s new stencil PS115 to my background. I had to headset the ink, since I’m applying a non permanent ink on a non porous surface, so it takes a while to dry. The regular distress is translucent, so I can still see some of that texture (drops etc.) I created (first picture). Distress Oxide (second picture) is opaque so all that texture becomes covered.



Then I added the floor on my background. For that I used the cobweb part of the stencil (covered with tape to create a flat line) and I used Grunge Paste through the stencil. For my third technique I mixed a drop (2 for the oxide ink, since they are smaller due to the type of applicator tip) with Grunge Paste and stencilled each rat. At first they looked similar in colour but when dry the regular distress rat (first picture) was much darker than the oxide one (second picture). With the leftovers of each sponge I aded some ink on the borders of the card and on top of all the GP areas (floors and rats) to add more texture.



At this point, the 2 cards were very similar but one was significantly lighter (oxides) than the other one (regular) so I decided to bring a quote about light and darkness as a final touch to my little experiments and Alison Bomber’s stamps EAB02 were just the perfect match


I used the stamp with the quote “If there is light, then there is darkness. Pitagoras” for my final technique. So I got a piece of cut-n-dry felt and I created a mini inkpad of distress oxide vintage photo (regular) to stamp my quote twice on a piece of card. Why I did it twice? Because I wanted half a sentence on one card and half a sentence on the other card AND I wanted my margin to be as wider as I could. If I had just stamped the quote once and had cut it by the middle, the margin I would have got would have been too narrow for my taste. So I cut each sentence from a different stamped quote. And this time I went for the same ink for both cards (regular distress) so there would be something coordinating between them. I finally assembled these on a light brown card (for the oxide sample) and a dark brown card (for the regular one) and I used crunchy waxed kraft paper torn by hand, one flat (oxide) and one crumbled (regular) to create an intermediate layer between the piece and the card base. I decorated each piece with a metallic star.


Thanks very much for reading! I hope you liked the techniques and I encourage you to get your reinkers out and come up with other new techniques. As you see, one colour it’s enough to experiment. And just consider that the ink is a very concentrated liquid paint, so almost anything you do with paint can also probably be done with a reinker.

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

2018 Topic 16: Reinkers {Topic Introduction and Challenge}

 2018 Topic 16: Reinkers

Well hello everyone, Darcy here to introduce a new topic. This evening we are looking at examples of projects made with reinkers. These tiny bottles of inky goodness are so versatile and can be used in many ways depending on the type of ink chosen. 

Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 15: Artist Trading Coins Challenge...

The winner is: Bryan from GeezerCrafter

Email Darcy to claim your prize. Darcydotneedles@gmail.com

So reinkers really do what they say on the bottle, they re-ink an ink pad, at least that is their intended use, but as crafters and artists we know that they can be used for so much more. They can be used to create sprays, splatters, swooshes, marbling and for painting. 

Just like ink pads there are different types of inks, dyes, pigments and alcohol, they will all work slightly differently and better on some surfaces than others. Using inks is very much a play and see what happens process, so let's just look at some great examples to inspire you. 

This card uses the emboss and reinker spread technique, this is where you clear emboss an image then spritz over with water. To add colour you drip the ink into the pools of water and let it spread and merge. Careful choice of colours can create beautiful blending. 

Heidi
Another card using the same technique with a stunning mix of colours. 

Selene Kempton

This next sample uses reinkers along with shaving foam to create a marbled effect, the results are great and it all smells very lovely too. 


Paula Reid
If you have never tried marbling with shaving foam, here is a quick video that shows just how easy it is. 



Now onto watercolouring, if you would like to have a go at painting with watercolours but you are not sure whether to invest in the paints then you can try out traditional watercolour techniques using reinkers. 

These images have been stamped in a pale grey ink and then coloured in with Distress reinkers. 


Annette

This tag is coloured using a watercolour effect and reinkers too, you can see how the 2 cards are very different from each other. 


Cathy McGrath
As well as reinking your ink pads you can create custom ink pads using a babywipe. Here is a short video showing you how to create a beautiful autumn coloured ink pad onto a baby wipe in order to create this card. 


This is a fun scrapbook layout, the splatters add fab pops of coordinating colours, so easy to do right out of the bottle. 


Michele Thomas
Reinkers work great on fabric, this patchwork piece utilises lots of techniques, follow the link to see them all. 


Helen Chilton
This card uses grunge paste ( coloured with reinkers) and the technique for doing that colouring is to use the gelli plate, how does that work? I hear you ask. Well pop over to Barb Gray's blog and see how she did it. 


Barbara Gray 
How about some bubbles? this card is made with reinkers and blown bubbles. Follow the link to see a video on just how to create this background. 


Dawn Olchefske
Now for a simple dragging technique using Distress oxide reinkers.



Do you know of other techniques? I am sure you do, and the guests that we have blogging for us over the next 2 weeks have lots of ideas for you to try. 

Don't forget to follow Darcy and Leandra's Pinterest boards if this topic pushes your buttons, you will see plenty more examples to whet your appetite there! I am really looking forward to seeing what you create over the next 2 weeks!

~ Darcy



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