I made another crafty failure last night after having dinner with friends. I really thought that my plan would work and that the end result would be adorable. It wasn’t. I kept it though, because I might be able to hack it apart or use different dies and somehow make it more appealing by cutting it into a smaller image. I don’t know. I’m just not sure and am starting to doubt myself with certain projects.
Today was a different story. I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos with people using Yupo paper and alcohol inks to create cards. Lindsay did a watercolor with Yupo and then went on to make a card as well. Even Jennifer McGuire is using Yupo and alcohol inks. I started thinking about the difference between a paper like Yupo, that’s plastic and not really paper at all, but used for things like alcohol inks and the difference between Yupo and glossy photo paper. I have a big pack of photo paper that we’ve never used and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out my idea. I had purchased Tim Holtz’s paper specifically made for alcohol inks, but don’t have any Yupo. Close enough for me. Most crafter say that glossy card stock and glossy photo paper can’t be used in the same way, but Lindsay always says, “Try it if you have it.” So I did. I used two 8 x 10″ sheets of photo paper and cut them down to 4 x 6″ and 4 x 5 1/4″ pieces. I used Adirondack Alcohol Inks and their solution that is supposed to dilute the inks. I sprayed and dotted, dragged and smeared, and in general, had a really great time. I think alcohol inks are addicting, they’re just so much fun to play with. I did make a minor mistake in not having good ventilation, so I was a little bit woozy when I was done. I made several backgrounds and really liked a few of them. I then used the Tim Holtz paper specifically made for alcohol inks and didn’t think there was anything impressive about it. It has a different reaction to the inks, but not so much that I cared. It also reacted differently to the solution Tim Holtz makes. When I used the solution on the photo paper, it didn’t lessen the intensity of any colors, but when I used it on the alcohol ink paper, the colors got really dull. So I added more ink to bring back the color and that did work, luckily.
I have to say that I could create a room full of alcohol ink backgrounds, but had to call it quits when I started to feel confused. Ventilation is definitely the key to alcohol inks. I did end the video by making the backgrounds and showing the differences in the two papers. I’ll definitely be doing a second part where I turn them into cards. This has really helped me get my mojo back. I might just turn my channel into an all alcohol ink all the time channel. Better not, I can’t afford to lose that many brain cells, I need all I’ve got.