Monday, January 20, 2020

Flamed Alcohol Ink Bowl


It's been awhile since I did a flamed ink project. When I found these little white ceramic bowls at Big Lots a while back, I knew I wanted to ink one. I thought I'd bring back a flamed ink project and see how it would turn out on a bowl.


I started out by clearing off a spot on my stove top and lining a small sheet pan with tin foil (just to keep the ink off of the pan). I gathered my alcohol ink, rubbing alcohol, a pipette, and a long handled lighter. I selected 3 colors, but I added a 4th while I was working on the project: Purple Twilight, Sailboat Blue, Pistachio, and Wild Plum


I started out by dripping the blue into the bowl and adding a little rubbing alcohol with my pipette.


Then I removed my inks and alcohol from the stove and used the lighter to start it on fire.


I repeated the process with the purple and the green. I decided it needed a bit of a pop, so I added the wild plum (magenta).


After the magenta ink had been added, it needed more variety, than the drips and the gathering ink at the bottom of the bowl, so I decided to prop the bowl up on the edge of the pan and drip ink into the bowl at an angle.


I added colors and flamed them with the bowl tipped until I liked the way the sides of the bowl looked.


The bottom of the bowl got a bit dark, but I liked the way the sides of the bowl looked, so I dripped a couple of tiny drops of rubbing alcohol and ink into the bottom of the bowl to try to lighten up a few spots.


The pattern of ink got a bit busy, but I really had a lot of fun flaming ink again! 


These little bowls would make great jewelry or coin bowls, so I picked up a few. I look forward to coming up with more ways to decorate them!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Plastic Wrap Alcohol Ink Photo Frame


The plastic wrap application method for alcohol ink is my new favorite method. I've been attempting to explore all the different kinds of surfaces it can be used on. This week I'm trying it out on a painted picture frame.


I found a wooden picture frame that had some surface scratches on it in my stash in the basement. The scratches made it the perfect frame to spray paint. I grabbed a cardboard box and some white spray paint and gave it a few coats.


After the frame had dried, I tore off 4 pieces of plastic wrap and placed them under each side of the frame.


Then I covered the plastic wrap nearest the frame with 4 shades of alcohol ink. I dripped the alcohol ink onto the plastic randomly.


Then I folded the edges of the plastic wrap up and over the frame and let it dry for a day or two before peeling it back.


After the ink was completely dry, I peeled the plastic wrap back to reveal the pattern.


I liked some of the results, but there were some areas of the frame (especially on the edges that aren't visible in this picture) that didn't get covered in ink. I also didn't care for the color combo of very dark and very light inks, so I wanted to bridge the gap and cover some of those white edges.


So I repeated the process with a couple more colors to layer over top of the existing ink. I added some pinks and greens to balance out the existing dark blue and red with the very light green.


I set aside my plastic wrapped ink for a day before peeling it back to reveal the finished frame.


The second coat of ink helped to cover a few of the uncovered edges and helped to balance out the colors. It's been so much fun to experiment with this application method. I have now confirmed that you can successfully apply a second layer of color to these plastic wrap projects just as long as you let them dry fully. What should I ink next?

Monday, January 6, 2020

Best of the Blog: 2019


It's that time of the year again--time to reflect on last year's awesomeness before we move on to this year's awesomeness! So, let's look back on last year's most popular posts on Sarah Jane's Craft Blog:


The #1 Most Popular Post of 2019: Flamed Alcohol Ink Washers. I have inked steel washers a few different times on the blog. Most of the time, though, I stamp the washers. Their small size makes other application methods a bit tricky, but I tried out a drip and flame method that had successful results!


If you think this post looks similar to the last project, you are totally correct. The second most popular post of 2019 was Glazed Alcohol Ink Washers which was posted the following week and used the washers I created from the last project, but this time I tested different types of non-resin glazes on the washers.


Since the finished result looks pretty similar to the previous project, I thought I'd throw in a process photo from testing the three different glazes.


Next up was my first attempt at using a heat gun to apply alcohol ink to ceramic tiles. The #3 Most Popular Post from 2019: Heat Gun Blown Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tiles. I had a ton of fun playing around with this technique and hope to use the heat gun some more (but probably when it warms up again and I can craft outside, because it gets a bit alcohol vapor-y).


#4 on the Most Popular Posts list is Alcohol Ink Splashed Mugs. This was my first time dripping ink onto coffee mugs like this and I think they turned out fantastic. This one is definitely one of my favorite projects of the year!


Coming in at #5 is my experiment pairing stamped and blown alcohol ink: Alcohol Ink on Tile: Blown vs. Stamped.


If you were wondering if any non-alcohol ink projects would make the list, have no fear! The #6 most popular on the blog was my Mod Podge and Tissue Paper Photo Transfer. It may take a couple attempts at printing, but if you get a good clean print of your photo on the tissue paper, this project is super easy!


Alcohol ink lovers need not worry. There are more projects for you, too! The #7 Most Popular Post on the Blog this year was Alcohol Ink Shrinky Dink Pendants where I tested whether you could ink before you shrink!

Coming in at #8 was a fun project that I did with my Hubby. It's not the first time I have made Spray Paint Marbled Paper, but it is the first time I've done it with an assistant (truthfully, I was his assistant through most of it). It remains one of my favorite craft activities, so it was a ton of fun to share it with him.


An Honorable Mention on this year's top of the blog list comes in officially at #11, but I thought I'd share it with you since it was a project using the paper from my Spray Paint Marbling session: Spray Paint Marbled Bookmarks.


#9 on the list this year was a revisit to a recycling project: Duct Tape Mini Trash Cans. These make great little storage containers for bits or trash containers for your car, etc... 


And last but not least in this list, is #10: Alcohol Ink Galaxy Tile. It was the first time I tried to create a galaxy/space pattern with alcohol ink. The colors came out very iridescent and were difficult to capture with the camera. I was really happy with how vibrant the colors were when the sun shined on the tile! I can't wait to try it again.

Thanks for crafting with me this past year! I can't wait to craft with you in 2020!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Holiday Decorative Tile with Alcohol Ink and Vinyl Decal


Thought I'd squeak one more holiday craft post in before the end of the year. In November I cut a bunch of vinyl decals and ended up making Thanksgiving tiles and a Hogwarts Crest tile, but I had one leftover decal from that cutting session.


So I weeded my vinyl decal (pealed up all the excess vinyl) and set it aside and got out my alcohol inks, a craft mat, some canned air, and a 6 x 6 inch white ceramic tile.


In between other inking projects, I made several attempts and creating a winter night sky with my alcohol inks. All of them failed miserably. Most of the time on these craft tutorial websites, they don't share the mistakes, but I thought I'd show you a bit of my process. After each spectacular failure, I sprayed it down with rubbing alcohol and wiped it off with a paper towel.


After some initial irritation, I decided I shouldn't use any blacks or grays so the black decal would show up. I also nixed the northern lights and sunset attempts (all of my pink, purple, and green made it look more like under the sea than the night sky) and decided to opt for blues and silvers. I got out my Stonewashed and Denim ink and some Silver, White and Pearl inks.


After failing at my usual method of layering the ink and blowing it around with the canned air (it was too dark and busy), I decided to put a ton of inks on (seen in the first photo) and then gently blow it around the tile (seen in the photo above).


I was getting closer! Finally! So I lightened up some of the darker areas and smoothed out some of the busy spots so the decal would really pop on the tile. Then I set the tile aside to dry. I left it two days to dry because it had quite a bit of ink on the tile with all of the metallic inks.


After the tile had dried, I sprayed it with some Kamar Varnish so that I wouldn't peel up any of the ink when applying my decal. I left the varnish to cure for a day.


After the ink and varnish had dried, I got my decal back out and cut a square of transfer tape to size.


I applied the transfer tape to the decal and burnished it (rubbed it with my nail and sometimes a scissors handle) to make sure all of the small bits would peel up. Then I carefully peeled the decal off of the paper backing and applied it to the tile and burnished it yet again.


Then my favorite part! I peeled the transfer tape back slowly to reveal the design on my tile. It did pull a bit of the silver paint up as the tape pulled up, but with all the ink on the tile, it wasn't noticeable (hooray!).


After all of the attempts at the ink, I was really pleased with how it turned out with the decal. I've already found the perfect ledge for it to live on for the rest of the Holiday season.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas Ornament Collection


Merry Christmas! To celebrate, I thought I'd share a link to all of my Christmas Ornament Tutorials. From Sarah Jane's Craft Blog to all of you. Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Alcohol Ink on Wooden Ornaments


If you follow the blog, you may remember a few weeks ago I posted about buying a stash of these wood ornament blanks on Amazon. I started by spray painting those and then using plastic wrap and alcohol ink to decorate them. While I was preparing those with spray paint, I made a bunch of extras. I spray painted some silver and even sealed a few with acrylic sealer so they would still be wood colored.


I laid them out in cardboard boxes and sprayed one side and let it dry and then flipped them over and painted the other. The acrylic sealed ones I sprayed just one side on because I wasn't sure that the sealer would be enough to allow me to ink the wood. I didn't even get a picture of them because they were an experiment (that and it's the holiday season and everything is a bit rushed).


I started out with the white sprayed ornaments. I laid out a craft mat (actually two because the canned air sprays ink everywhere if you're not careful) and dug out my canned air. I used a light green (Limeade) first. I dripped some ink on the ornament and blew it around with the air.


Then I added some bright blue (Sailboat) and blew it around with the air.


Next I added a color that's new to my collection. It's Blue-Violet from Pinata's new set of alcohol inks. It's a really pretty deep bluish purple. The Pinata inks don't spread out as much when blowing them with air, so you have to keep that in mind when working on canned air projects. 


I added a little pink (Wild Plum) and mixed some Rainforest Green with the Limeade to get some darker green areas.


Then I tried a traditional Christmas colored ornament. Red and green are super tricky since when they mix they turn brown, but I was fairly satisfied with my green and red on this ornament. I used two shades of green, two shades of red and some metallic ink to round it out.


The white painted ornaments worked the best out of all of my samples. But the pink and red ornaments were from the acrylic sealed batch. They worked too, and I look forward to trying that out more. The silver painted ornaments didn't work out very well. There were places where the ink didn't want to stick to the paint at all, so it took a bit of trial and error to cover those and get something that looked halfway decent. When I was satisfied with the ink, I flipped them over and repeated the process. Then I let them dry a day before I sprayed them with some Kamar Varnish to seal them.


These were a ton of fun and I can't wait to come up with new ways to use those ornament blanks in the years to come!