I admit it. I watch a lot of You Tube videos about art journaling, mixed media and related things. I have learned so much from this forum, but there is a danger. You see things that you simply must buy. Alcohol inks were one of those things.
So I bought them and then they sat in the drawer. But NO more. I have discovered a few very easy, very showy pieces of art.
Here’s how I created these beautiful ornaments.
First I bought white glass Christmas balls from Michael’s. You can also buy clear glass ones.
Then using alcohol ink from Adirondack and/or Pinata by Jacquard . I have some of each brand and there is no problem mixing them.Caution when using alcohol inks and rubbing alcohol you need a well ventilated area away from any heat sources. This is not a product you use a heat tool with.
I apply a few dots ( count of 3) of no more than a couple colors to the Tim Holtz applicator. Then I applied a few dots of rubbing alcohol . You can buy the blending solution from Adirondack/Jaquard, but I don’t believe it’s necessary.Remove the hanger from ornament. Pat the applicator over the whole ornament. A series of light taps. I start around the top of the ball and try to get ink as close to rim as I can. Each time you touch the ball it will reactivate the ink that’s already there and you will get a new pattern. Alcohol ink is somewhat unpredictable, but that’s why it’s so amazing.
Between application of colors or patting you can set balls on drying rack. This is simply a board with nails pounded in that will hold the ornaments.
Don’t worry if you don’t like it. If all else fails you can wipe it clean with rubbing alcohol and start over.
Here is another version done on clear class ornaments. Ink is applied in drops and blown with a straw or canned air.
I hope you enjoy making these. They make great gifts and look awesome on the tree or in a bowl.
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