Sunday, July 3, 2011

Grungy Monday 13 - Alcohol Inks


Hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday weekend - we had some of my famous cheeseburgers on the grill tonight with some corn on the cob - yum! 

This week's Grungy Monday challenge, hosted by my sweet and gorgeous friend Linda Ledbetter, is to do a project using alcohol inks.  We all referenced this Ranger video by Tim Holtz from a few years ago.  I'm barely sneaking this in under the wire, as the deadline is in just a couple hours, but I spent a lot of time on this and definitely want to share it... so here we go!

I altered one of those fab unfinished wood mirrors from IKEA.  I started by measuring the tiles out of heavy cardboard, to they would fit around the perimeter of the mirror.  Then I used alcohol inks to create a background on Ranger's glossy cardstock, cut to the size of each tile.  I'll show some close ups of the tile as I describe the project for you.

tim holtz philosophy tag and french coin charms from Michael's
Industrial Chic key ring/keys accented with Inka Gold, tim holtz pen nibs colored with alcohol ink
Then I broke out some stamps that I've had for a few months and been waiting for a good project to use them on.... they are by "free range rubber" - by fred mullett.  They are all ATC size texture stamps, and they are awesome!  It just so happened that I had 8 stamps, and 8 tiles.... so... perfect!  I used Ranger's jet black archival ink to stamp an image on each background.

tim holtz key, "63" colored with alcohol ink, french coin charm from Michael's
Then used Ranger memory tape (silver) to frame each tile with a metal edge, and used a texture wheel by TenSeconds Studio to give some texture.  Dabbed all the edged with black paint and wiped away with a paper towel so the black would help show off the texture, and age the metal a bit so it wasn't so shiny.  Since most of my embellishments were antique brass, I added some Inka Gold (gold) paste over that to give it more of a brass/gold caste. 

tim holtz ornate plate, ticket and rock candy crackle paint
And, then last but not least, added all the embellishments to each tile, with some 7 gypsies metal corners to each corner to tie the piece together and give it a nice frame.

colored the wings & clock with gold alcohol ink, maya road bingo numbers
Painted the whole frame black and glued each tile down with Claudine Hellmuth's multi medium (matte). 

7 gypsies/tim holtz gears, plus 7 gypsies metal corner
Hope you enjoyed the project - be sure to check out Grungy Monday each week and join in the fun - it's great to get some inspiration each week and join in playing with so many talented artists, sharing our work and learning from each other. 

Have a Happy 4th of July tomorrow!  See you soon!

~ ellen.


Hels Sheridan said...

Bet it looks even lusher in the real too!!!

Happy 4th of July hunny to you and Jack... chat soon xxxx

Candy C said...

Oh WOW! Ellen...this piece is amazing!! Love it! As Hels saya....CORRRRRRRRRRR!!! It's beautiful! <3 Candy

Helen said...

Stunning, Ellen! Happy July 4th to you.

Juls said...

oooooooooh wow!!!! this is so so gorgeous!! Hugs Juls

Andrea said...

Love it, love it, love it.
It is stunning, thanks for sharing.

Lori said...

Freakin' awesome!

Minxy said...

WOW Ellen, this is absolutely amazing, just stunning x

PsyPenguin said...

Wow! What a stunning frame! I love the metal edging around each beautiful tile. x

StampDancer said...

This is significantly stunning, Ellen! Wow! Happy 4th of July to you!
Deb m

Plume said...

WOW! You certainly brought this challenge to a top! WHat a great mirror! STunning! What a beautiful combination of alcohol inks, stamps, metal embellihments. All in great style! bravo! A big applause to your creation for this challenge!