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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The current topic link Topic 16: Reinkers will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, September 30th 2018, and the winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

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Saturday, 15 September 2018

2018 #15: Artist Trading Coins with Zinski Art {By Christine Dark}

2018 Topic 15: Artist Trading Coins Zinski Art

Ohhh We are sneaking the odd splash of Christmas into the blog posts now that autumn is looming large, so how about these Artist Trading Coins with a Zinski Santa atop! Need Christmas Coasters ??? Here's the answer! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Chris Dark here with you tonight and I'd like to share with you the Artist Trading Coins I've made for this topic

I've seen a few examples of the trading coins around the internet and I liked the idea, it's something small and can be quick to do depending on the techniques chosen. I was lucky to be able to play with a set of the gorgeous new Zinski Art stamps by Elena from her new Christmas release and as always her quirky characters are adorable. Although the coins are intended for trading mine will most certainly become the focal points of Christmas cards later on.





I realised when deciding on the stamp set to use that the stamps would be a good size and that I would have to make the coins bigger than the usual 2.5 inches in order to fit the stamps but I love this set so I was ok with that.


I started my coins with a collage of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics, paper tape and torn book paper and then used a circle die to cut them out.




The background was added to with layers of bubble wrap stamping and also stamping randomly with the text stamps from the set.



All of the characters are stamped in black and coloured with inktense pencils which gives a nice vibrancy.




On the picture above you can see that I've added metallic paint stamping with Fresco Finish acrylics in Pewter and Gold, I've used it on all the coins but it shows up pretty well on this one.



I added a bit  of highlighting with a white gel pen to bring out the characters from the background.



I love this girls choir! They've had some silver sparkle pen and sticker letters added.



I used all of the character stamps twice but made them look different by slightly changing the background colour and pencils used to colour in.



I also varied the coins by giving them all slightly different borders.



I used a limited palette of colours which helps all the coins to harmonise even though they are all slightly different.

The coins were very satisfying to make, they've come out bright and cheerful for Christmas and they're a nice format to work on so hope you'll join us in the challenge and share your artist trading coins with us. There are Christmas puddings in Sainsbury's so we'd better be thinking about cards! :-D

Thanks for joining me tonight and I hope you have a creative week.

Chris X

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Friday, 14 September 2018

2018 #15: Artist Trading Coins with EKD {by Claire Snowdon}

2018 Topic 15: Artist Trading Coins


This topic is so much fun! Claire uses these mini circular substrates with all the usual suspects: Grunge Past, Stamps, Infusions and paints, and what a lovely end result! Slightly grungy, pops of colour! Ticks all the boxes for me! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Claire Snowdon with you today, and I'd like to share with you my Artist Trading Coins created using some Kim Dellow stamps and stencils.


These coins are so cute and fun to create - I love the size!  I started by cutting my coins from Paperartsy Smoothy Heavyweight card and then adding Grunge Paste through an Emma Godfrey stencil (PS015) to create texture.



I blended the Fresco paints onto all the coins -  I used Sargasso, SmurfHaystack and Chalk.


The coins were looking a little bit 'clean' for me so I brought out the infusions - always perfect for adding a touch of grungy/vintage vibe!  I chose to use Golden Sands and Green Man to fit in with the paint colours I had used.  Then to add more texture I also stamped the circles from stamp set EKD01 and added a few little scraps of washi tape.


To finish my coins I stamped the images of the birds, hedgehog and the 'flowers' from stamp sets EKD01 and EKD02 onto card and coloured with pencils before fussy cutting.




I added some pieces of cotton thread and a quote to each coin before backing onto black card.


These little coins and so quick to make.  An endless combination of stamps, stencils and colours can be used and there are many swap groups out there to share them with.

See you next time,
Claire
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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

2018 #15: Graphical Artist Trading Coins with ESN {by Etusko Noguchi}

2018 Topic 15: Artist Trading Coins




Everyone seems to be able to make this fun little substrate their own. In this post, Etsuko, from Japan, has created very bold designs with strong colours and placement, and I love how she has used the new paint colours so beautifully too! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Etsuko My favorite things with you today, and I'd like to share with you Artist Trading coins by Sara Naumann's new stamps.
Lovely Sara's new stamps are very abstract image, I decided to make the coins graphic design by collage.


First I've used images from the Sara Naumann's new stamp set ESN26.


And ESN27 set

Also I've used new Fresco Paints, Koala, Peach Nectar, Surf's Up, Pine Grove, Twilight and 
Chalk.  


I made three master-boards with the new Fresco Paints and Chalk and Sara's new stamp for these backgrounds.


 I've used Peach Nectar, Koala, Surf"s Up and Chalk and Grunge Paste on the A4 Heavy White card.


Randomly brayered with Koala and Chalk.


I've used Sara's PS090 stencil with Peach Nectar and Brayered with Twilight.

 

I made embellishments to use for collage and made it texture with Glossy Accents and Glass Beads gel. I made small pieces using small stamps for embellishments time to time. 


I've used ESN26, ESN27 new stamps and lovely heart from ESN11.


The yellow star from ESN13, these colours are Lavender + Eggplant, Limelight  and Bougainvillea Fresco paints. Although it dose not have to trim but I add if there are many white parts on the card.


These coin's layers colours are Twilight, Peach Nectar and Pine Grove. When the focal point was decided for each coin, I collaged those embellishment. Here I placed 6 type layout coins, but you can make various coins by changing layers and colours.


It was fun to make coins image and it is another interesting to make an image in a circle. This play going to be an addiction!! If you feel interesting please join me and challenge PaperArtsy Blog. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations. 

Have fun!!

Etsuko xxx

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