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Thursday, 27 January 2022

Alcohol Ink Abstracts

Hello all... almost the end of January already - how did that happen?!  I hope 2022 is treating you well so far.

I've something a little different for you today - though in some ways it's not different at all!  Regulars will know how much I love creating ink splotches with Distress Inks and Oxides.  I can't imagine why it's taken me so long to have a proper play with doing the same using alcohol inks.

They've been sitting there on the shelf, coming out every once in a while to alter a metal embellishment, or tint a bit of acetate.  But I've never taken them out for a proper ride.  After watching the Tim Holtz demo on YouTube last Saturday, I decided it was about time I did a bit of playful exploration.

My mojo has been on go-slow, so playing without expectation, judgment or any kind of plan was a lovely thing to do.  And I'm pretty excited about the results.  I'll shut up now and let you have a closer look at some of the splotches and layers in these abstract "maps" of inkiness.

These are from the first one (click to see them a little larger).

And here are some close-ups of the second "map" - lots of organic shapes and seeds growing in this one...

These are a combination of Ranger's Alcohol Inks, Alcohol Pearls and Alcohol Alloys.  The Inks involved are Monsoon, Mushroom, Espresso, Denim, and maybe a touch of Ginger (don't really remember all of it - I was just playing).  The Pearls are Celestial, Smolder and Mineral, and the Alloy is Foundry.

I'm hoping I can stay nice and loose and just keep playing, whilst trying to remember and recreate some of my favourite effects so that I can have at least some idea of what will happen with various combinations and actions!  I do love a learning curve.

I hope 2022 is providing you with new creative adventures, and I'll see you all again soon.  

You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.
Barbara Shur

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

Friday, 31 December 2021

Highlights from 2021

It's been a crazy year - relocating to a new country (well, I actually did that in November 2020, but it's been an ongoing, transitional process!).  I didn't get to start unpacking until April of 2021, and setting up the craft room took quite a long time.  There are (confession time) some boxes which went onto shelves still needing sorting, and they still need sorting now... but I'll get there eventually.  

In the meantime, a whole new couple of vanloads of belongings have turned up here towards the end of 2021, as my mother has downsized in the UK, so lots more stuff needs to find new homes here at the Czech end of operations.

Although I've found time at the craft table, it's mostly been for fairly small, quick makes - lots and lots of tags! - and not many major projects.  But there are highlights to share all the same - especially since quite a lot of these didn't make it as far as the blog.  So I hope you enjoy this little journey through some of my 2021 crafting journey.  (Click for a larger view on any of them.)


(Please forgive the little white squares in the corner... they are the symbol from Instagram telling you that on that platform there were additional photos to see close-ups and angles.  If I ever get round to proper blogging again, I'll share some of those here too!)

And, of course, I'm very proud of my Inktober collection of drawings and paintings...

And the December collection of tags make me pretty happy too...

So here's wishing you all a healthy, happy, hopeful 2022.  I'm aiming to start finding that work-life balance that allows me to continue to grow in this creative work, and also to give this blog and all of your blogs some more of the attention they deserve.  I hope your plans and dreams will come into focus in the coming year, and look forward to the fresh challenges and adventures to come.

Stay safe, stay well, keep crafting!

Look to your heart and soul first, rather than looking to your head first, when choosing. Rather than what you think, consider instead how you feel. Look to the nature of things. Feel your choices and decisions. It just might change everything.

From The Nature of Things by Jeffrey R Anderson