Sunday, 1 June 2008

Alcohol Inks class

Last Saturday I took 2 workshops on alcohol inks with my sister in law, one in the morning and one in the afternoon so it was quite a day. Both sessions went well and the shop sold plenty of inks so there was one pleased owner! The ladies attending all seemed to enjoy it, they were all new to the inks and were pleasantly suprised at how easy they are to use and how the results are almost foolproof. We spent half the class playing around with the inks on different surfaces and getting a feel for them then they made a black and white card using a square of glass coloured with the inks to highlight an area of a stamped image and make a focal point. Finally they coloured and decorated a mint tin like this one at the top of this post. I used an image I donwloaded from Cora of Paper Flowers. She very generously provides vintage images to download every Sat and I have used this set of ladies before, they are so stylish.

I have been asked to do another class and I'm going to be working on distress inks next so I'm going to start playing around with those. Before I move on though here is a card I made for my niece's anniversary using alcholol inks stencilled over a heart-shaped cheap earring (I always knew this was its real purpose in life!). I then masked it off so I could stamp flowers in the shape. Also an empty mixed spice jar that I coloured with the inks and then decorated with paper, punches and ribbon. At the rate at which I eat bread and butter pudding it shouldn't be too long before I have a whole row of empty spice jars to decorate!

I love stationery and always have to have the right notebook, pen etc. before I can start anything new. So when I wanted to keep a notebook for my classes I first had to do a bit of decorating! This was a plain white frosted A5 ringbinder from the high street but now it looks much more fun!