Monday, January 27, 2020

Flamed Alcohol Ink on Framed Glass

After last week's flamed bowl, the flamed alcohol ink had bitten me once again. I have been trying to go through my stash of leftovers for crafting and this old oak photo frame needed a new life, so I decided to ink the glass and make some art!

I started by taking the frame apart and setting aside the wooden frame and black backing. I cleaned the glass and set it aside to dry while I gathered the rest of my supplies.

I used my trusty quarter sheet pan lined in tinfoil. It was barely big enough for the 8 X 10 inch frames glass. Then I grabbed rubbing alcohol, pipettes, and my alcohol ink.

I decided to start with lighter colored inks and work my way darker so that the ink wouldn't get brown or black as it mixed. So I started with some of Rangers pastel inks.

After I squeezed some of the Aqua ink on the glass, I dripped some rubbing alcohol onto the glass with the pipette and then I lit it on fire. I was working on my ceramic stove top, and I had cleared the area of inks and rubbing alcohol before I lit my glass on fire. The more rubbing alcohol and ink you put on the plate before lighting, the bigger the flame will be. Stick with no more than a few drips of each before lighting to keep the flame reasonable. You may have to drag your lighter across the alcohol ink to get it all to light. Once the flame has gone out, be sure to wait a bit to make sure it's completely out (rubbing alcohol can burn without yellow flames and can be hard to see sometimes).

I added more light colors (I think this is Salmon, but it was really hard to take good pictures of this glass with the light ink and the tinfoil under it :)) and rubbing alcohol and lit them on fire, slowly layer colors to fill the glass.

Once I had used all of my light colors, I started adding in some more vibrant colors to add some accents. I used Pinata's pink and some Twilight purple and Sunshine yellow.

I just kept adding colors until I had pretty much filled up the piece of glass.

To see how it turned out, I held it up to the patio door. All the colors and textures were difficult to see until they were held up to some snow and light, but then they really popped!

I cut a piece of card stock down to 8 X 10 and reassembled my photo frame with the ink side of the glass facing in and backed with the white card stock. This quick art project was a lot of fun and I can't wait to raid my stash of old unused photo frames and try it again with different colors!

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!