Argh, I keep finding stuff! I have updated the stash yet again:
- alcohol inks
- a sumi-e (Japanese ink painting) kit my dad gave me for my birthday last year
- Bo Bunny Serenity Collection Kit
- Vintaj Patina inks and metal blanks for jewelry and charms
The alcohol inks I have used a fair amount, but I feel I haven’t really stretched their capabilities yet — I’ve really just done the “faux stone” technique on glossy paper, and used them to color a couple metal charms. I bought them, because one of my favorite parts of papercrafting is trying out new tools and techniques. But once I did the obvious things with them, I really didn’t know what else to do with them. Any suggestions?
The Japanese ink painting kit was a gift from my Dad. He admires my papercafting; I was touched that he got me a crafty gift. I have tried it, and not had much success — as I’ve said, I’m just not good at painting, I just have no instinct for how to control wet media like paint or inks. But I saw a book at the library, and maybe if I study up on it I can have more success.
The Bo Bunny kit is an Asian-themed kit, so I got it, because I love Asian-themed stuff, and just squirreled it away. I got it super-cheap a while back on Steals.com, so I don’t feel too bad about it.
The Vintaj Patina stuff I got cheap on Blitsy.com, because I liked the idea of it, but like so much other stuff, once it got home it went into a drawer and was forgotten about. I also got several of their Deco Etch and Deco Emboss folders to use in a die-cutting/embossing machine, to texturize the metal blanks. The idea is, you emboss a pattern in the blanks, then color them with the Patina, and then sand them to reveal the pattern in relief against the Patina. Really, it doesn’t look that hard. I just need to sit down and try it.
And so, it gets added to the list. The ever-growing list …