Monday, October 28, 2019

Halloween Craft Collection

Check out the full collection of Halloween and Fall Craft projects. But, in the mean time, check out some of my favorite Halloween projects (click on the links to take you to the full tutorials). Happy Halloween!

Paper Strip Pumpkins made with scrapbook paper, metal brads, and pipe cleaners.

Alcohol Ink Jack-o-Lantern Bucket made with alcohol ink and painter's tape.

Alcohol Ink Glass Gem Pumpkins made with enamel paint and alcohol ink.

Halloween Decorative Tiles made with alcohol ink and vinyl decals cut on a cutting machine.

Glass Etching plates and jars into Jack-o-lanterns using glass etch creme and vinyl decals from a cutting machine.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Plastic Wrap Alcohol Ink on White Spray Painted Vase

During last week's project, I mentioned that I had found two vases that I wanted to craft with in my stash of glassware. Well last week I spray painted over the ink, this week I decided to spray paint the vase white (on the inside) and then use the plastic wrap technique, that I've finally gotten a hang of, on the outside.

So I took my vase outside and covered it in plastic wrap and painter's tape to keep the spray paint on the inside of the vase.

I gave it a couple of good coats of spray paint and let it finish drying overnight.


When I unwrapped it the next day, it was a lovely plain white vase.

I laid out a piece of plastic wrap large enough to cover my vase and dripped ink all over it. I went a little overboard actually, but had a lot of fun covering it in ink drops. I used a rainbow of both Ranger Inks and Pinata Inks.

I set my vase onto the plastic wrap and wrapped it around the vase. I tried not to wrap the top layer over the edge so I could keep the inside lip clean (I was only sort of successful as some ink did get on the lip of the vase). There was a bit too much ink on my plastic wrap though, and the bottom of the vase leaked a pool of ink onto my craft mat. I had to leave it on the mat to dry overnight.

The next morning, it was mostly dry, but still wet in places, so I left it until the afternoon. Then I peeled the plastic off of the vase. And yet again, this method didn't disappoint. The colors mixed beautifully and the plastic wrap left neat lines and shapes.

It turned out wonderfully with a rainbow of colors! My next thought, I wonder if I could figure out a way to do this on the inside of the vase before I spray paint it? With the ink on the outside, I'll have to set it with some Kamar Varnish. As long as the vase is decorative and not being handled, that should probably be enough of a sealer.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Spray Paint Backed Alcohol Ink Vase

A few weeks ago I decided to try to spray paint a candle jar after I had inked it. It turned out pretty well. The ink popped and was bright and vivid instead of the usual translucent result. I was excited to try it again. When I cleaned out my stash of vases and sent several off to the thrift store, I had a couple of plain glass vases that would be perfect for inking. So my first thought was to try the spray paint method again.

This time, I figured I would go for something a bit more subtle; since usually when inking glass, you go for the brightest most saturated colors so they show up well on the glass. I opted for a beachy set of light blues and some purple alcohol ink. I started by swirling a bit of rubbing alcohol around the vase and then letting it drip out. Then I applied some blue inks and swirled them around. Unfortunately, there was too much rubbing alcohol still in the vase, so I had to pour the ink out onto my craft mat to get a surface that the ink would stick to.

The surface was still wet, but I was able to start coloring the vase, so I dripped more light blue into the vase around the top rim and let gravity drip it down. I swirled the ink and tried to get it to dry, but as you can see, I still had quite a bit of ink pooling at the bottom, so I turned it upside down on my craft mat again to drip most of the alcohol and the ink out of the vase. A light wash of blue stuck.

I added more darker blues and some purple and tipped the vase around to swirl the colors around. The vase was still pretty wet, but the ink was starting to stick. And I got some fun patterns while the ink was dripping down the sides. Unfortunately, none of the patterns lasted.

Once the ink was finally sticking, I dripped my shades of blue and purple around the vase until I had most of the vase covered in ink. It was fairly light but pretty, and didn't really stand out on the glass of the vase. Which was exactly what I was going for.

I let the vase dry overnight and then covered the vase in plastic wrap to avoid over spray and taped the rim with painters tape since it would be most likely to get sprayed. I didn't take a picture of it, but I did spray the inside of the jar with Kamar Varnish before spray painting it just in case the spray paint would react with the ink. I let it dry for probably 10 minutes--which was not as long as I should have, but it seemed to work out ok. Then I grabbed my white spray paint.

I gave the vase a good coat of white spray paint and then let it dry for about 20 minutes and came back for a second coat. Because of the shape of the vase, I did have to pick it up to get the spray paint in all of the angles of the vase. Keep your hand on the bottom of the vase to avoid spraying your hand. If you do spray your hand--nail polish remover works to clean it off. I could immediately tell that I had achieved the desired affect of emphasizing a softer set of colors as I sprayed the paint into the vase. 

Once the paint had dried to the touch, I peeled the plastic and the tape off to reveal my colors. I was very pleased. I got a beachy mix of blues and purples, and successfully featured a softer set of colors than what I usually use on glass. For now I don't know how well this paint will hold up on glass, so I'll probably just set the vase out decoratively, but the method is definitely one I hope to try again. 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Plastic Wrap Alcohol Ink on Mugs

After I finally had success with the plastic wrap method of application for alcohol inks, I've been looking for anything I could use it on. I tried it on a ceramic tile, glass gems, and washer necklaces so far. When I came across a couple of white mugs in my stash (that I had dripped ink on for a past project), I knew I had to try the plastic wrap method.

So I got out my alcohol ink stash, a craft mat, some plastic wrap, and two white mugs that I picked up at Big Lots.

I selected a wide variety of colors, but avoided any brown tones or brownish greens to keep the colors from turning brown as they mixed/

I spread out a piece of plastic wrap (that would be big enough to wrap around my mug), being sure not to smooth it out and then covered it in ink.

Then I just set my mug on the plastic wrap and did my best to wrap it around the mug. I hadn't thought much about the handle, so it was a bit of a pain to wrap around it, but I managed

I repeated the process with a second piece of plastic wrap covered in the same inks so they would be at least sort of matching.

This time when I put the mug onto the plastic wrap, I set it down so that the edge of the plastic wrap was up against the handle so I could wrap around it a little easier.

I set the mugs wrapped in their plastic wrap to dry. I left them overnight and came back to them the next day. It takes several hours to dry, and if you pull it off when it's still wet, the lines that are created from the wrinkles in the plastic disappear. So I left it for about 24 hours before pulling the plastic off.

Peeling the plastic off of these was super satisfying. They turned out great. However, they did have ink on the inside lip and all over the handles. So I used a few paper towels soaked in rubbing alcohol to clean up the handles and the inside of the lip of these beauties.

They turned out beautifully! But I have no idea how to seal them. I don't know about any food-grade safe sealers that can be used with alcohol ink. And since I went all the way to the top of the mugs, I can't cut corners on the sealer. So truth be told, I'll probably spray these and use them as pen mugs. If you know about a better way to seal them, please let me know in the comments!