Monday, February 26, 2018

Sealed Alcohol Ink Plate

I had hoped to post about sealing last week's plate post on Thursday, but it was so rainy and dark that it took until the weekend to get good photos. So you'll get them on your regularly scheduled post day, but I have a new project that I'll post on Thursday!

This plate turned out pretty neat, so I knew I wanted to seal it. The best option for decorative dinnerware is the dishwasher safe mod podge. I've used it on a few crafts now and it does work, it just takes a month to cure. It's also a bit thicker and takes longer to dry than regular mod podge. I opted to use a paint brush with soft bristles over my usual mod podge applicator of a foam brush because I was worried that brush strokes would be very visible on the glass. I applied three thin coats allowing plenty of time between to dry.

If you look at the plate's back, you can easily see the sealer, but if you set it on a table or even hold it up in the sun, it's pretty much invisible--which means it turned out perfect!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Flamed Alcohol Ink Glass Plate

I might be a bit obsessed with starting alcohol ink on fire. I tried it out recently on a ceramic tile and then again on a mirrored candle plate. After a recent trip to Dollar Tree, I had some plain glass plates. I decorated one with mod podge and a napkin for Valentine's day, but I had some leftover, so I just HAD to try the flamed alcohol ink technique again.

On my previous attempts at flamed alcohol ink, I cleared off my ceramic stove top...which is probably the best option, but it was full of dishes, and I was being lazy, so I set up on my kitchen table. I was, by now, familiar with how much flame comes off of the ink, so I cleared the table, set out a Teflon craft mat (they are designed for using in heat presses, so they they are heat safe) and to protect my table from the heat, a cork trivet, then I set my little old cookie sheet on top to keep everything contained. I had my alcohol inks set up to apply to the plate, but I moved them away when I brought out the lighter.

I dripped a generous amount of alcohol ink on the plate as it needs to be wet to catch fire. I even dripped along the outer edge, which was probably a bit of a waste since the ink and the fire pretty much stopped at the plate's edge.

I used an eye dropper to drip a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the plate and then lit it on fire with a long handled lighter. It put out some fairly large flames based on what I had attempted with this technique so far. The flames mixed and set the ink on the flat bottom of the plate very nicely--they almost mixed a bit too much. But the ink on the edge of the plate just dried and remained unlit.

So after the flame went out on the plate bottom, I started adding ink to the edge of the plate in 3-4 inch sections, dripping a bit of rubbing alcohol on it, and lighting it up. I turned the pan and just repeated this around the plate with a variety of different colored inks.

Some areas needed extra applications of ink, and others spread out nicely. I also added a few drops of ink to the plate bottom to get more color definition and lit the individual drops to get them to mix and spread as I went.

Once I was fairly happy with the color mix, I pulled it off of the cookie sheet and set it on the craft mat to dry. The places where the ink pooled remained tacky for several minutes, which is longer than most alcohol ink projects take to dry.

Once the ink was dry to the touch, I flipped the plate over and used some rubbing alcohol squirted on a paper towel to clean along the edge. The alcohol ink pooled a bit on the pan as it ran down the angled edge, but it wiped right off the front of the plate.

The flamed alcohol ink is such an interesting technique. It's difficult to control, but it intensifies and mixes the colors. It's a pretty addicting process, and I can't wait to find more surfaces that this technique will work for.

The sun was shining when I finished inking the plate, so I took a few photos and brought it in to seal it with some Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge. It's currently drying (and cloudy), so I'll try to share a couple photos of what it looks like with a few coats of mod podge on it later this week.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

Pop Art Spock Valentine

As we're getting closer to Valentine's Day, I thought I'd share some Valentine's I made for a card exchange. I wanted geeky and friend themed, so Spock seemed like the obvious choice. :) I searched on Google images for pop art Spock designs and found this one by Tobias Woelki (follow the link to buy his prints). I used Word to add Spock's famous quote "I have and always shall be your friend," but added "Valentine" to the end. I used a font called Star Trek Future with a glowing effect that you can create in Word. You can find the font here: Star Trek Future Font Download.

I printed out my altered version of the art onto some card stock and neatly trimmed around it. Then I added double stick tape and applied it to a half-page printable greeting card blank.

I smoothed the design onto the front of the card and then went to work on the inside.

I used the same font with a glowing effect and wrote "Live long and prosper," but inserted a heart wingding instead of the "i" so it could be read as "Love long and prosper." Yep, terribly cheesy, but when else but Valentine's do you get to be that cheesy. :) I printed the words out onto some cardstock and then used the double stick tape to apply the print out to some red and white scrapbook paper that I had lying around. Then I glued the whole shebang into the center of the card.

The finishing touches were some hearts cut out of red glittered paper. I have two heart-shaped punches so, I applied two smaller and one larger heart to each card around Spock's head to give it a true Valentine-y feeling.

I ended up with exactly what I'd hoped--a nerdy friend themed Valentine. Happy V-day friends!