This is one of those posts that is a weird confluence of events. Someone once asked me Where do your ideas come from? I thought for fun I would document it – the steps may be unique, but the process isn’t. It’s just the way my mind works and the benefit of a messy desk Feel free to just look at the photos – they should tell you all you REALLY need to know.
1. I got an email from a UKS sponsor announcing they had received the new Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer.
The more I looked at it the more I was convinced I had one. Not that exact thing, but something pretty similar. So I had a bit of a hunt and sure enough, in with my stamping markers (a drawer not opened since I got my Copics) there it was.
This has to be 15-20 years old – I know I got it while in the USA so it would have to be. I had a check for the name and while I see the odd reference to it they no longer sell it that I can find.
2. I popped a few random markers in to it. One thing I can see is that mine seems to be lacking the inner liner for the pen-holder. Not a big deal, it works well enough without it but I could always as one of those rubber pencil grips to super thin pens and I bet that would do the trick.
3. As I was looking across my desk, my eye landed on one of my watercolour brush pens. I thought, I wonder….
Now, I only have maybe two watercolour brush pens. I’ve meant to buy some, after seeing Dyan from Art from the Heart show how she has as many water brush pens as she has colours of Dylusions and she uses them to colour with. But I just never got around to it. Deep in the back of my mind I had a tickle. I KNEW that somewhere, probably in DDs “art cupboard” I had some kids version of the waterbrushes. And guess what? Not only did I have them, I found them.
I know we got them maybe 8-10 years ago at Costco. Some of them are fairly empty. I deconstructed one of them, thinking I could just replace the cheap ink with good ink, although I thought as the Dylusions aren’t waterproof either, I might as well just pick one or two of the near-empty ones to play with and use up the rest of the ink with mixed media stuff rather than just empty them.
There is no seal on the pens, which surprises me as it’s for the kids market. I would expect them to be sealed and you would need to buy new ones once these ran out. But no, they disassemble just fine.
I tossed out the cartridge and the little slim tube. For use with the spritzer you don’t WANT to slow the flow, like you would with a potentially messy pen, with kids, so I binned the cartridge and the tube.
4. What to fill it with? Obviously ink is going to be pretty much the same as using a marker, but then…
Perfect. Acrylic liquid ink. This gives me something, a matte and almost chalky look, that I am not going to get from a marker (I only have ONE Distress marker, the Picket fence one, so I don’t really know if that would be similar to using acrylic ink) and is waterproof. Note:
And wipe over it with a baby wipe
The ink on the wipe is not from the acrylic ink, it’s from rubbing the paint off the stencil. It give a nice watercolour-y effect. I also did the flip-and-stamp you might normally do with an ink loaded stencil. The acrylic ink dries really fast so the stamping part has to be done after a spritz of water on the slick surface of the stencil, and you can also then smear the acrylic ink thru the stencil with a wipe. Kinda both on the same area here
5. And then, of course, there is WHITE.
Using the spritzer gives you a way more controlled spray than the spray bottle does, so you would use this for either the Acrylic ink OR the Dylusions for this sort of scatter.
So there you go. I’m still in my jammies and my hands are covered with ink and paint, and my stamp-storage tower (with the wood-mount stamps, where the Blitzer was hiding) is pretty much dumped out on the floor, but now I have a new toy to play with, a whole heap of waterbrushes, a bunch of ink to use up, and it’s only just after 9 AM. Or was when I started typing….
And Texas Flood is playing from my playlist, the accident payment has been sent, DH is back from his conference, so no school run, and the house is pretty tidy (well, downstairs, anyway) and the laundry done. Where can the day go from here? Downhill, probably, but I can always hope ….