Laughing Dog Arts

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Alcohol ink play

First of all, HAPPY SPRING EQUINOX! I hope you all are having a wonderful first day of spring. It was a fairly benign winter here but from what I've read on other's blogs, it was rather harsh and cold.

Second of all, Anne Lockard sent me this link:
It showed a technique for using alcohol inks on card stock that has been covered with clear water based glue. You apply the ink before the glue is dry and then hit it with a heat gun. All kinds of neat stuff happens with the heat.
Of course I had to try it since I have everything I needed to do so. I am quite thrilled with the results. I used some Elmer's blue glue gel and some Aleene's Tachy glue. Not that much difference between them although the Aleene's produced more of a crackle effect. I made this on ATC size card stock and will do more to them to finish them as ATC's.
Yesterday I went to a quilt show with two of my friends from my Stitch 'n Bitch group. It was a small traditional style quilt show. Some lovely work by the Peninsula Quilt Guild of Washington. I had my camera and I had what I thought was an extra set of good batteries but unfortunately all the batteries in my possession were dead dead dead. So no photos. Traditional quilting is gorgeous and time consuming and an art unto itself but it is not particularly my favorite type of fabric art. I can appreciate all the thought and effort that goes into the making of traditional work without wanting to create that myself. There was one quilt that really caught my eye, it was a Hawaiian style quilt with only a light blue batik as the applique and a white background. Just lovely. I guess you will have to take my word for it;-)

I see I have two new followers and I am so excited to have passed the 30 mark! First I welcome Lynne Hoppe from I have noticed that some of my work has been influenced by looking at her work. She does a lot of rather mysterious faces. Also I welcome Nicole Campanella from She has been a beader for a long time and it shows in the quality of her work. Thanks for joining me on this journey, I am so glad to have you.

Today I have no music on. The birds are singing and a breeze is blowing through the open door of my studio. I don't even need a fire. That is enough for today.

Be well.
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Marilyn said...

Fabulous day here in the East Coast!! Temps in the 70's.....DH & DD cleaned up many of the gardens & there is a lot coming up thru the warm earth!!
Have a Wonderful Weekend!!

Marlene said...

The ATC's look fun. I do not have any alcohol ink but just may have to get some. Your right about it being a beautiful day here in the Pacific NW.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Jan,

I love how the ATCs turned out with the fried glue technique!
I was drilling pearls today....I'm thinking you had the FUN experience! LOL!!
Your color and texture turned out terriffic; I wonder if this could be used on a work in progress?


audrey said...

Jan, these are great! It looks like such fun. I must try it. It was nice of you to post all these different ones you did. Really neat texture and I love the movement of colors.
It was SO beautiful here today I could hardly stand it. It is really going to bum be out if the weather goes back to cold and wet.
Isn't Spring the greatest?
♥ audrey

Jan said...

Hey Anne, the heat gun didn't heat things up too much, I think you could use this technique on a work in progress if you were careful.

Jan said...

Our weather here today was only nice until about 2pm and then clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped fast. Got the fire going now! Hope your nice weather stuck around longer.

April said...

These look really cool, Jan. But then with alcohol could you go wrong, right? :~D Didn't realize you girls were going to the Quilt Show. Sorry your camera didn't work, tho. Hopefully Mary will have taken some photos. Maybe I can go with you girls next time.

Bunny said...

Oh my I would love to try this, now I have to get some ink and a heat gun. This sure looks like fun.

Fox On The Run Meanderings... said...

It was neat to see these ATCs in person today. That technique is very cooooool. They are so colorful and have such a pretty finish to them.