Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Art for Birthday Cards

We have a lot of family birthdays in May so I had the kids make some small (4 to a sheet) watercolors that we could use as cards.  I love seeing how each interpreted the project. 

Ian age 9.  The dragon/firebird use some wax resist.

Spencer age 3.  We added some salt to get this effect.

Elizabeth age 11. She did a larger version of the chameleon on canvas for a 4-H project.
William age 6.  His version of a rocket on the left and a cherry tree.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Adirondack Alcohol Ink Tiles

I made this tiles after seeing a post via Pinterest.  The inks weren't too expensive but I did use my coupon (Hobby Lobby) a couple of times to get more colors. You will need the blending solution too.  I used a used a toothbrush to spread the alcohol mix around before adding the ink. You can get a whole bunch more color options via this website: Ranger Ink and Innovative Craft Products

I followed this tutorial at Artsyville.  Really the comments section carries a bunch of information as well.  So though lenghty, it's worth the read.

The red and yellow one on the right, I added more alcohol blending solution to mix the colors even more.

What do I plan to do with these?  I am just going to use them as coasters.  I hot glued white felt on the back and that seemed to work just fine.

This process is fairly quick but do it in a well-ventilated area.  The blending solution is fairly strong!
The only problem is the finishing.  As you read through the tutorials you will see in the comments that finishing them so they are permenant and usable is under debate.  If any of you try this and find some good solution(s), please let me know!!

There are metallic colors available too!
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