Alcohol Ink is a fun medium to work with. I’ve been making jewelry by painting alcohol ink onto glass pendants. Once the ink is dry I glue it to card stock, seal up the back, and turn it into jewelry using various jewelry findings. I’ve posted a video on YouTube showing the process. The title of the video is: Alcohol Ink Glass Pendant Demo.
For the first step I usually paint something using masking fluid on the back of the glass piece. This is the design element I want to keep free of ink. I’ve painted a tree on a hillside, a dragon fly, a cat, and a mountain scene in the video above.
Next, once that dries, I add the alcohol ink. The rubbing alcohol can be used to clean your paint brush, to move the ink around, thinning it, or making shapes in the ink.
After the back of the glass is covered in ink, I remove the masking fluid. Then I may go back in with my paintbrush and add some details. It’s best to keep the ink as dry as possible while doing this, otherwise your design may run.
The ink will dry quickly. Then, using the diamond glaze, I will glue the glass pieces to white card stock. I let the glaze dry and then paint the back and side of the glass with more diamond glaze to seal the piece. This make it water resistant by protecting the paper backing.
Once the glaze is completely dry I will use the e6000 glue to attach findings or to glue the glass into a cabochon. This dries quickly into a strong, rubbery attachment. It has a strong odor so please use the glue in a well ventilated area.
If you’d like to try making an alcohol ink glass pendant necklace check out the supply list below.
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Hey, Happy Readers, I’ve been missing in action on the blog lately because I have been busy getting ready for the 2015 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair. It begins today so if you are in the Albuquerque area this weekend stop by and say hello.
I spent yesterday setting up my booth and I was impressed by the amazing work going up around me. There are some seriously talented artists in New Mexico. I wish I had more time to wonder around and visit each booth. I wish I was independently wealthy too because I want to buy everything. Just from my booth alone I could see a fiber artists selling gorgeous sweaters, amazingly tiny oil pastel paintings that I went gaga over, Raku fired clay clocks (mind blown), and right next to me are these fascinating sculptures that I thought were clay, but are actually made with paper (I’m in awe). I’m enjoying the creative vibe. It’s contagious!
I was worried about having enough paintings for the show, but I actually had more than I could display. I’m learning about how to set up a booth and what kind of booth I have. I was a little worried that my booth might be over the top and flashy next to my fellow artists. The creative people surrounding me have more minimal sophisticated displays than I do. It’s really interesting to see the choices each artist makes and how those choices reflect their personalities. My booth definitely has a whimsical bohemian vibe. When you turn the corner and see it the first word that comes to mind is “fun.” That was my goal and I am super happy I was able to pull that off. I wasn’t really sure if it was going to come together, but in the end it certainly did! I’ll be writing more about this entire process and give you some perspective on what it is like to participate in your first art show.
If you attend the show I am in booth 108 which is just a few spaces down from the silent auction and demonstration booth. I hope to see you there!
I am getting ready to hole up in my art studio for a creative marathon. I’ll be painting until the cows come home! I should feel tired just thinking about it, but instead I am completely energized. I have so much gratitude right now.
My kickstarter reached it’s funding goal. I am hoping to double the pledges before it ends because the art display walls are super expensive, but I am so grateful for the help I have received. It’s been an amazing experience so far. Asking for help and accepting it makes me feel vulnerable, but facing that fear and seeing the outpouring of support has been incredibly humbling. I appreciate everyone who had made a pledge, shared my project, and offered encouraging words of support. I totally jumped up and down for at least three minutes straight when I woke up and got the email saying my project would be funded. Woo hoo!
I’m really excited about the art show in June. I’ve been working hard planning and painting. I want my best work to be on display. The art show requires about 90% of your work be original pieces. I am going to be over-prepared because that is what I do. The hours I spend painting between now and then are going to be hard to count. I even bought a special lamp so I can paint at night (while the kiddo sleeps) and still have “natural” light so my colors won’t be off. Wish me speed and devotion. I’m going to need it. I am also grateful for this opportunity and experience. It truly feels like a dream come true.
I am also so grateful to friends and family who patiently listen to me and support me through moments of doubt and fear. I’ve been sick and have been taking care of sick family members. As the minutes, hours, and days tick by I feel the time pressure sucking my breath away. I struggle to stay calm even though I’ve lost at least a weeks worth of painting time. I debated cancelling the art show because I wasn’t sure I could get it all done. My family said no way. Never make decisions when you are sick. Now that I am feeling better I say NO WAY too.
I am nervous because putting my work in a real art show with real artists makes me feel a bit like an imposter. Will everyone look at my work and know I am an amateur? Thank goodness for the friends in my life who offer encouragement and tell me my doubts are silly because I do belong at the art show! I am clinging to those conversations during moments of fear. I have the best friends ever.
Anyway, I am, off to paint until the cows come home. I’ll be posting progress shots and finished pieces on Instagram and Facebook so stop by and say hello!
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