This weekend, I decided to catch up on the Tim Holtz tag challenges. I’m several months behind. I’ve been thinking about skipping them but there are a few techniques that I want to figure out. I wasn’t too successful but these experiments were fun. I used my homemade alcohol inks.
To start with, Tim Holtz had an ink applicator that I was sure I could recreate. And it was easy. I used E-6000 glue to attach a spool to a piece of wood.
Then I added a piece of velcro.
Cut cheap felt to the right size and attached to the velcro.
Easy peasy, except I don’t know how it compares to the real thing. I used it on a piece of manilla paper. I will say that one of the issues I had with all these experiments is that my ink absorbed into the paper almost immediately. None of these experiments came out satisfactory.
I do want to note that I really liked the edge (see left side of paper). It’s hard to see but it edged the paper nicely and I like the texture of the ink. I don’t think it’s a failure. Now I just have to decide where I want to go from here.
For one month’s tag, Tim Holtz used a brayer to apply ink. I’m thinking his brayer must be plastic or plastic coated because my wooden one loved the ink. It took a lot of ink to get what little I was able to get on these three examples.
The last experiment was supposed to be like marbling using ink on a plastic surface and pulling the paper through. It’s a fun look but not exactly marbled. I tried adding extra water. The ones that look less polka dot had the water. Again, fun technique and neat backgrounds but not what I was hoping for.
I’m not quite ready to close the door on these tags or experiments. I’m thinking I’ll try with paint and perhaps a gelli plate (if I can remember what I did with mine). I’ll let you know how it goes.