Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Something new....

I had lunch yesterday with two of my "aRt siSteRs", Harriet and Sandy (and my grandson Joey). We dined on our favorite guacamole at our favorite Mexican restaurant. We ate a few other things, but the centerpiece of the meal was the guacomole!! We talked about artzy things and decided to take a trip to a local (about 35 minutes away) stamp store called Carolina Moon. While we were there the owner, Caroline showed us a technique using scratch board, dye inks, permanant black ink and rubber stamps. There were other options like heat embossing, Diamond Glaze, and Gilding Pens---but I have used just the basics on my samples. Hope you like my work!!! During my initial play, I didn't think I liked this technique much---but I have decided that it is easy and fun. I'm going to make more. hugs, shari xxx


kathywas said...

Oooh, Shari...these are fabulous! You must give us step-by-step instructions!!

Shari said...

Thanks so much Kathy for your comment. I feel honored when someone as talented as you says nice things about my art. I just posted these directions to the MMCA group, but I am posting them here too!

These were so easy you won't believe it! The white clayboard is such a great surface to work on!The finished product kind of reminds me of using alcohol inks on dominoes but easier.

Basic supplies you need: several colors of dye based ink pads (any brand---I used Adirondac), a permanant black pad (I used Memories Black), a scratching tool (I bought a cheap one for $6.00) & make up sponges.

Optional extras: Clear Embossing Powder, spray sealer (matte or glossy), Diamond Glaze, & Metallic Leafing pens.

Use sponges to dab or smear and blend two or three colors of ink on scratch board. Work fast because the dye ink drys really quick. Next, stamp image(s) with black ink. Use scratch tool to define some of the areas of the stamp. On the crow I selected feathers, whites of the eye, beak and feet. The scratching gives it real depth. I overstamped with a crackle stamp to give it an aged look. I sponged the edges with the black ink and I was done!!!

The optional things you can do: HIghlight and edge with metallic pens. Clear emboss over the whole top (requires at least two coats---first coat is too bumpy). Spray with glossy sealer. Cover with Diamond Glaze.

Hope this explains it---have fun creating :)

hugs, shari xxx

LoriLaurieLauri said...

Oh I LOVE quacamole!

And I really like these pieces!

christinemm said...

Love these pieces!
And Guac--and I like mine with a big frozen margarita!