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Thursday’s blog is always blue, isn’t it.
Now, today I’m going to keep it short and sweet;
yesterday’s blog was like the Dead Sea Scrolls!
I could have knitted it faster! Literally!!
So here’s one I did on TV a while ago, where I took a few elements from the Clarity Circus Set
and then created a meaningful kind of Doodle/Zentangle pattern background. Several people have asked to see this one slowly and up close, so let’s take a closer look…
I started by stamping a basic composition into place on
A4 Theuva Card, with Black Archival ink.
Then made an outline to stay within.
Then added the tightrope.
Then got my little black pen out and started.
Oh. And made 10 photocopies of it to practise on!
The best way to tackle this kind of artwork is one section at a time,
and on scrap first. Make sure you like it before you add it to the original piece.
Let’s just look at what I did. The pics speak volumes.
Clouds and raindrops.
A banner for the words, with a funky backdrop.
Trapeze swings and a safety net.
A night sky with stars and a flag on the Big Top.
The most important thing is to take your time and think Circus!
The ideas will come, if you let them…
So to add a little blue. If you want to that is! I have to, it being Thursday and all that!
I decided to do an overlay of alcohol ink.
You apply the ink to a sheet of A5 acetate,
which sits on top of the artwork.
So, once again, the original is preserved.
Mind you, it’s a good idea to run a few copies after you have completed your creation!
I wouldn’t want to dribble alcohol all over my masterpiece!
Take one of your copies and lay a piece of acetate over the top.
Start with a couple of drops of Stonewashed Alcohol ink and dab dab dab it with your applicator.
Add a few drops of Blending Solution, and watch it start moving!
I LOVE THIS TECHNIQUE!
Add some Denim alcohol in certain areas, like this:
Add some Juniper in the other areas, like this!
Use a clean felt and add yellow for some vibrance.
The best thing is that your wonderful doodle-work,
your one off Filigraphy, your Zentangle is still pristine.
And if you have used a copy of your work, as I have here, then your original is fine!
When your ink is completely dry, if you prefer the ink on the inside, then simply flip the acetate. It will work fine.
But how to attach the acetate.
Here’s an idea.
Slit the sides of the artwork from top to bottom, and slip the acetate into the slits.
Alcohol inks are very easy to use.
Best on glossy surfaces, like acetate and the coated Claritycard.
But I do like to add the blending solution;
it just disperses the ink beautifully.
See? Even when I try to keep it short and sweet,
I get carried away!