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Today I’d like to share a past post with you as part of an online art collaboration with Seth Apter’s blog The Altered Page.

As Colour Wash inks are back in fashion here is a video tutorial featuring; Tiger Paper. Tiger paper is my name for the background papers I produce using particular distressed inking techniques.

You Will Need

  • Ranger Color Wash inks, in three colours. I use Stream, Denim and Eggplant in the video
  • A larger spray bottle of water
  • Gloves, this is a messy technique ;)
  • A plastic box to spray into
  • Blank newsprint or copier paper
  • Cardstock
  • Mini Mister bottles (optional)
  • Sponge
  • Plastic mat or similar to protect surrounding areas

***It is important that you protect the area, around your spray box. These inks do tend to spread and any unprotected surface may be inked if you do not protect it ;) ***

Method

Use a variety of different card stocks, each kind will give a different effect. Suggestions for cardstock to try:

  • Water Color Paper with a texture
  • Mat Board
  • Coated card (laser printer paper could work)
  • Glossy Card. Works very well.

Project Links

To find stockists of the products used in the film, here are links to their manufacturers.

Tiger Paper is great fun to make. I hope you give it a try, do show me the results if you do. If it isn’t working for you, try different cardstock. This is one of those techniques where results vary, depending on the card you use.

Do Check out Seth Apter’s amazing blog; The Altered Page for lots of mixed media inspiration.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing 

Mini Misters by Ranger

Mini Misters

Item; Mini Misters 

Manufacturer: Ranger 

Item Number: 

Price: Set of 3, around £5. Individual bottles around £1.75 

My Reason for Buying them

My reason for buying these misters, was to create my own backgrounds by spraying inks and also to create my own mica sprays, by adding in Perfect Pearls Mica powders. 

Value For Money

Excellent. I have bought alternative spray bottles but they are overly large and do not have as fine or reliable spray as these misters. Alternatives were around £3 each for less efficient sprays. 

Pros

  • Easy storage, you can get loads of them into a small box.
  • A good price
  • Easily available
  • Reliable

Cons

  • The small base is a bit of a disadvantage, in that they do fall over if you stand them on their ends. Easily solved by putting the bottles in a small jam jar next to you as you work ;)
  • I did find that putting mica powders into them, did sometimes make them fail. The dried powder gummed up the mechanism. To resolve this, empty them before storage and run clear water through the mechanism till it runs clear.

Would I buy them Again?

Yes, and I have done, just recently bought 30 more :) 

Recommended For

  • Fine Misting
  • Add inks used for re-inking dye pads, water down to create your own colour sprays
  • For spritzing water over inked backgrounds for textured effects.
  • Great for travel to classes/crops etc

Links 

Mini Misters are available from all good stamping stores. To locate a store near you, visit the manufacturers site. 

Ranger 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon. 

Billie :)

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing the ATC’s I made for the Book Arts Forum’s ATC Swap.

Here is the eigth one, there is one more to come, in this series.

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Stamps Used; Crafty Individuals, KatzelKraft

Inks; Ranger Adirondack Dye Based

Ranger Perfect Pearls

 

Best Wishes and thanks for looking

Billie :)

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One of the things that I found out on a workshop was that Cut ‘n’ Dry foam is MUCH easier to use if it is mounted on to a block. Having the foam on a block gives you something to get hold of and enables you to have much more control over the foam. I have used this foam to apply Adirondack dye based ink and it gives a wonderful soft effect. These are the same ones I use in my video.

Here is how to wood mount your foam

You Will Need

 

  • Wooden blocks. If you have unmounted your stamp collection and put it all onto EZ Mount this is a good way to use up those blocks ;)
Blank rubber stamps

Blank rubber stamps

  • Double sided sticky tape; you need a good strong one I have used 25mm one from Sellotape
Good qualitity double sided tape

Good qualitity double sided tape

  • Ranger; Cut ‘n’ Dry foam sheet
  • Permanent marker pen
  • Craft Knife
  • Steel ruler
  • Cutting Mat

Method

  • If you are recycling un-loved wooden stamps for this project, remove the rubber die (image) from the wooden mount
Peel the old rubber stamp off the block

Peel the old rubber stamp off the block

 

  • Cut your foam sheet into squares/rectangles that will fit onto your blocks
Cut the foam to the same size as the wooden block

Cut the foam to the same size as the wooden block

(I was taking the photo)  Do hold the foam as you cut it!

  • If you are dedicating a piece of foam to each ink you have, write the name of the ink on one end of the foam and the brand on the other. (This prevents you muddying your colours)
Use a permanent pen to write the ink's color on the end of the foam

Use a permanent pen to write the ink's color on the end of the foam

 

  • On the back of your foam (the grey side) attach a piece of double side tape; don’t be mean with it cover the back of the foam with tape, to ensure the maximum grip from the tape.
Use plenty of double sided tape on the back of the foam, to ensure it stays in place.

Use plenty of double sided tape on the back of the foam, to ensure it stays in place.

 

  • Peel off your backing from the double sided tape and press the foam sticky side down onto your wooden block.
Here is the foam mounted onto the wooden block. Its much easier to use this way.

Here is the foam mounted onto the wooden block. Its much easier to use this way.

  • To make sure you have a good stick, press the foam flat onto a piece of paper as if you were using a stamp

Job done

That’s all there is too it. To apply ink to your projects just dab the sponge onto your ink and working on a plastic/non stick craft sheet, starting off the paper sweep the sponge onto your project. It is better to apply several light coats of ink rather than trying to apply a heavy layer in one go. Build up your colour/s gradually for a more blended look.

The blocks in use. Do work on a craft sheet not a cutting mat ;)

The blocks in use. Do work on a craft sheet not a cutting mat ;)

Work on a plastic/ non stick craft sheet. I had to take the craft sheet away to take the picture as it reflected the light too much.

For the inspiration for this idea, thanks to;
Isabelle Norris

 

Sorry for the bad photos they were taken about a year ago on my old camera…even Photoshop couldn’t do much with them.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’ll show you how I colour my linen thread for bookbinding. If the pictures look a bit odd, it is because I am taking the picture with one hand and showing the process with the other. I need a camera man.
I haven’t taken a picture of the reel of thread but if asked will post a link to the type I have.

This is the ink I use

This is the ink I use

 

1. As ever my ink of choice is Ranger’s Adirondack dye based ink. I use this purely as it works and it is the product I have most colours of.

Cut n Dry Foam

Cut n Dry Foam

2. This is a side view of a piece of Ranger’s Cut ‘n’ Dry foam. http://www.rangerink.com/cut_n_dry.htm

Lay Thread on the ink pad

Lay Thread on the ink pad

3. Having cut a piece of thread to the length you require, lay the thread across the ink pad.

 

4. (I am having to take my own pic)With one hand press down on the foam with one hand, and with the other, pull the thread slowly through (under the foam) and out the other side. Repeat this until you have a colour tone that you like.

5. A light application of ink will give you a thread with a mottled tone.

The coloured thread

The coloured thread

 

6. You will need to enlarge this picture to see but, with a few more swipes the thread can be coloured to give a full colour.

Wax your thread after colouring to seal in the dye

Wax your thread after colouring to seal in the dye

 

7. The ink is a water based dye, so you will need to seal the colour in using bees wax.
I will post a how to wax your thread tutorial as soon as I can blag a camera man. It will look mad unless you can see two hands for that process. (This picture does show uncoloured thread being waxed! The colour hadn’t come off!)

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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Today is another technique using the Ranger Colour wash inks. Here is what your finished piece will look something like. Remember this will give you a unique piece every time you do it so results will naturally vary.

Reptile Paper

 

**Please note the following cautions to prevent damaging your soft furnishings**

Please be aware that this ink will stain whatever it comes into contact with. So it is best not to do this over carpet, near wall paper or curtains. The kitchen is a good place if you don’t have a dedicated studio space.

You will need

Color Wash and tools for paper projects

 

  • Ranger Colourwash Spray ink. Three colours of your choice for this project. (Sell whatever you have to, and buy them all they are fabulous) Disposable gloves; the cheapest going is fine. You really need these!
  •  A large empty, no longer required cardboard box/plastic box. 
  • Blank newsprint; available in large sheets from removal companies; I got 500 A2 sheets for £12
  • A couple of bin liners
  • Watercolour paper, I used 280 gsm NOT paper. (The NOT in this case refers to not put through rollers, so the paper has a texture rather than being totally smooth.
  • Heat Resistant Surface
  • Heat tool

Method

This is truly messy and best done over a hard floor just in case some ink goes astray. Don’t do this for the first time near wallpaper or curtains!
1.  Cover your entire workspace with at least two layers of blank newsprint OR cut open your bin liner and use this to cover your working area.
2.  If you need more drying space than your table allows for, cut open a couple of bin liners and place them on the floor.

3.  Place your cardboard box on your table; you will be spraying the ink into this box.
4.  Arrange your inks on you now waterproof surface. Ready to go.
5.  PUT THE GLOVES ON!! Don’t think this is being OTT this is dye ink and will stain your hands for DAYS!
6.  Place a sheet of folded up blank newsprint in the base of your box, this will catch any overspray.
7.  Place your sheet of printer paper in the bottom of the box.
8.  Choose three colours of ink that you like and remove their lids.
9.  Spray the inks over the paper, start with the lightest and work down to the darkest.

 

First layer of Color Wash Ink applied

 

 

10.  Don’t be afraid of the ink, get the paper well covered and don’t forget the edges.

 

Three layers of Color Wash Ink

 

11.  Now spray your card heavily with plain water. Really go for it and you will have droplets of ink sitting on top of your card.

Colour washed paper once sprayed with lots of water

 

12. Carefully take your card out of the box and place it on a heat proof surface

13. Using your heat tool slowly dry your card.  Hold the heat tool quite high to start with otherwise you will chase your droplets around your card, this is fine when you want to experiment but will not give you the spotted mottled effect which this is aiming for. 

 

Tips and options

  •  If you find your card is warping too much then on another attempt tape your card to something before you spray it.
  • Hold the heat tool closer to the work and DO chase the droplets around, have fun see what happens.

Reptile paper that has chased droplets on it

 

The beadie eyed amongst you will have noticed that for steps 9 & 10 I have used pics from earlier in the week. This is just because other than the change to heavier paper the  start of this techninque is the same. Hope you don’t mind tooo much ;) about the duplication of the pictures.

 

I do have one more paper colouring technique to show you but that will be a little time in coming. I have to admit that these tutorials were until this one, shown on my older blog. Producing these tutorials takes a week! I will continue to post tutorials but they will be a little less frequent as they take soo long to make. But good things are worth waiting for right??

 

If there is any particular technique or product that you would like to see a tutorial on do let me know using the comments box. If I get any requests and have the required knowledge or products I’ll see what I can do for you.  I don’t bite and would be happy to hear what you think of all these things I post.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you next week

Billie :)

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Well I’ve had a play with the inks and stamps over the weekend and stamped the new background for the banner. With a little help from Photoshop for the text, I now have a new banner. The inks were Ranger Adirondacks and the stamps were Crafty Individuals. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and there is a colour variation for the winter too.

Hope you like it too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie xx

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