The softly blended background to the Mica tile collage from yesterday:
She demonstrated how, after spraying, if you gently roll the errrm 'roll' across the area you've just sprayed it removes a lot of the wetness that can crinkle your pages and slow down your layering process. Soon I started to see how beneficial this was but also ... how this often led to interesting colours and designs being imprinted on the kitchen roll, especially after you've rolled it across a stencil or mask before lifting it from the page:And as I admitted in this post in August, about my Art Journaling workshop experience, Iwas so enamoured with this particular sheet of paper:
I saved it from the rubbish bin and took it home with me to make merry with another day.
And now that day has come!
Here as poomised is the tutorial so you too can make use of your used inky kitchen and, let's not be coy about it, toilet paper too!
Turning inky kitchen roll /toilet paper into alchol ink-esque tags
1. Don't worry if you don't have Mica tiles. While Iused them on my 1st attempt at this technique - the sparrow collage above - after that I've simply used scraps of acetate:
And, if you don't even have any plastic packaging handy ... just wait a few weeks as there's bound to some in amongst your Christmas presents!
2. Whatever type of transparent material you end up using, cut two pieces to the same size before you begin. Next:
You only need enough to cover the paper. Any excess will squeeze out the sides at a later stage!
8. I added some metal tape to one side for a stained-glass type feel, before punching a hole using my Crop-a-Dile.
It's in this sort of light that the similarity between this technique and that of using alcohol-inks comes through I think.
Plus, for someone who doesn't really like getting her fingers stained by alcohol inks ... and who doesn't actually own any anyway ... I think it's a pretty attractive alternative!
You can either leave your tag like that or ...
9. Glue a few embellishments to it:
Select some co-ordinating ribbon and tie on a charm using raffia: And finally ...
10. Add it to a gift for someone special:
Oh, OK then, yes, you can keep it for yourself if you like your finished result that much!
So, what do you reckon? Will you think twice before throwing that sheet of inky paper out now?
For me, it's an exciting new discovery and one which I already have plans for ...
I think it would make the basis for some beautiful unique jewellery. Something based on the shape of the anklet I made in this earlier tutorial but using a thin strip of kitchen-rolled acetate, rather than muslin, and with a hole punched in either end with a ribbon tie through each! And then there's earrings ... and pendants ... and ....
And I'll stop there for one night!
I'd love to know what you think. I know not everyone likes the idea of saving scraps let alone re-using kitchen-roll ...
... but it is very lovely kitchen roll ... wouldn't you say?