I love how often as artists we are utterly uninspired by an idea, but once we push through, start pulling out supplies and considering options, we end up creating something we are truly pleased with.
Earlier this month I was totally not feelin’ Tim’s October tag of 2012, but after determining to do something with it and taking a new look at the materials I had on hand, this is the result. (Click on photo for closer look.)
The main technique for this tag is coloring glitter with black ink, which I think looks amazing. I didn’t have Pitch Black alcohol ink so used my StazOn Jet Black reinker. I think the glitter ended up being more clumpy than it would have with alcohol ink, but it worked out fine. I just had to brush off the excess once it was dry.
Aren’t those Mini Bottles the cutest things? The “Halloween Greetings” is from the Seasonal Paper Stash Pad. A couple drops of Purple Twilight alcohol ink inside gives a cool, spooky look. Matte Multi Medium is perfect for gluing down the bottle since it dries clear and matte you can’t see it at all, even if you are sloppy. 🙂
(Speaking of Twilight, my mom just called. I’d recommended Stephenie Meyer’s series to her a few weeks ago… and now she’s totally hooked. Ha! ====fist pump and big grin===)
Then I got the idea to make these little bead and wire spiders. In fact, I got so inspired that I made a video showing how.
The cobweb in the upper left was sketched onto a scrap of Grunge paper and cut out with a craft knife.
Btw, Tim suggests using Tissue Wrap and says that book paper will not hold up to all the inking and painting. I used a dictionary page that seemed to have somewhat of a coating and it worked out fine.
(If you look close you can tell the dictionary page I used was the one that had “vampire” on it. I hope this doesn’t make me a Twi-hard.)
The orange and purple colors are very cool, I used Wild Honey, Dusty Concord and
Spiced Marmalade Distress inks, Wild Honey Distress Stain, Purple Twilight Paint Dabber and Pitch Black Paint dabber to color the tag.
The little cobwebby things in the upper left were done with hot glue. Just put a glob of hot glue on a heat proof surface like a Craft Sheet, position the thing you want cobwebbed next to the blob and use a heat proof tool (I used a popsicle stick) to pull little stringers of glue up and over the area you want to cover.
If you want to cobweb a bigger area, Google “cobwebs with hot glue and an air compressor.” It’s fairly amazing.
So that’s it for now, hope you got some inspiration.
Before my namesake storm blew through yesterday I bought Halloween candy and asked my husband to hide it. Now I think it’s time to go search it out. We never get many trick-or-treaters anyhow. 😉