Friday 9 December 2016

2016 #23 Time! {by Alison Hall}

 2016 Topic 23: Bleach Techniques 

Hi everyone Alison (Craftytrog) here. Tonight I'd like to share with you a post about using bleach techniques with PaperArtsy Infusions and Seth Apter stamps.

I hadn't really used bleach as an art product before, so I was excited to try out its possibilities. My project is an art journal page. I hope you like it.

Step One: Using a sheet of 8 x 6 ins watercolour paper, I began by stamping the circles from ESA01 across the page. I used Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black, and dried it with a heat gun.


Step Two: Next, using a water spray bottle, I spritzed the page lightly with water, and sprinkled it with PaperArtsy Infusions in Violet Storms and Royal Blood. I spritzed more water to disperse the colour before drying the ink with a heat gun.

Step Three: Now comes the fun part! I used a paintbrush and thin bleach to remove the ink from the circles. I left the inner circle of the large one unbleached for a bit of contrast. For the bleach, I actually used a product call Milton, which is used to sterilise baby's bottles etc. It did affect the ink slightly, turning it a bit brown, but a black Pitt Pen fixed that.

Step Four: Once the bleach was dry, I mixed a few grains of Are You Cerise and Orange County Infusions with water, and repainted the circles.

Step Five: Next, I folded up a piece of kitchen towel, place it in a plastic lid, and poured bleach over it to make myself a bleach stamp pad. I 'inked' up the stars from ESA02, then stamped them above and below the circles on my page. Make sure you clean the bleach off your stamp thoroughly after this.


Step Six: I mixed up a little Are You Cerise Infusions with water again, and repainted the stars. I also stamped the word 'TIME' from ESA01 with bleach, lightly in a few places, and more prominently in one place below the circles. Then I used a black Pitt Pen to outline the word and a few random stars. Yes, I am guilty of cutting apart the phrase stamp! I make just one cut, so that I can easily put the phrase back together again.

Step Seven: I couldn't resist adding a few splatters! First I used a black Posca Paint Pen, tapping it above and over my page. Then I picked up some bleach on a paintbrush, and tapped spots of bleach over my page. I finished my page off with a scribbly border, and used my Archival Black Ink Pad to ink the edges.

I had an enormous amount of fun, trying these bleach techniques out with PaperArtsy's Infusions. Do make sure that you work in a well ventilated room though, and always clean the bleach off your stamps thoroughly. It's a good idea to wear an apron too! I hope you have fun trying out the techniques, and I look forward to seeing your projects.

Alison x 

Blog: Craftytrog's Inky Adventures 
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Wow the bleach worked so well over the infusions, those circles really cleaned out totally ready to take new colour. A brilliant one to remember, thanks for sharing. ~Darcy

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Helen said...

ooh, Alison, love this page, the infusions pop brilliantly on the background.

Miriam said...

This is gorgeous Alison

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous page, I love the effect of the bleach on the Infusions.

Artmadnana said...

Brilliant journal page. I love how immediately the bleach works with the Infusions. I really like the way you paint in the bleached images. The colour contrasts are great.

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous Alison! The bleach works brilliantly on the Infusions, that's my cue to try...

Words and Pictures said...

Just fabulous, Alison - I love the colours, the stamp combinations and those gorgeous Infusions.
Alison x

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a brilliant project, Alison. I love the Milton idea and it has worked really well with the infusions,

Lucy x

geezercrafter said...

Love the bleach techniques with the Infusions, great inspiration.

Lauren Hatwell said...

What a great tip! Love how your piece turned out. Looks fab! Lx

Flo Langley said...

Wonderful project Ali. Great tutorial.
Flo x

Hazel Agnew said...

Fabulous effects Alison. Blast from the past...Milton! Xx

Etsuko said...

Stunning pages Alison!! Great technique and fab design. xx

craftimamma said...

Brilliant pages Alison and really effective bleach techniques.

Lesley Xx