I started off saying that I was going to journal mostly with items on hand. But, when I saw a tutorial about alcohol inks, I knew I had to try them. So, thanks to St. Johns Studio for the inspiration (and reason to hit the art supply store!)
I was not sure what to expect when I started this journal page. It was really an experiment in trying something new, both the medium, and the colors. I tend to lean toward more muted colors…but the inks were so compelling that rather than thin them down so they were less vibrant I decided to use them mostly at full strength. I admit to not following St. John’s method to a T (really at all.) I was feeling adventurous, wanted to see what would happen, and frankly, I have a terrible time following directions when it comes to creative pursuits (and cooking!) Sometime this comes back to haunt me, sometimes I discover something new. In this case, mixed results. There were some areas of the page that were so interesting…swirls of color I did not expect. But there were other areas that were just….meh. The overall effect was interesting, but it was clear that I need to spend much more time experimenting to get results that are satisfying, and that I should possibly actually follow the advice of those who have experience with the medium.
I found myself thinking of Alice in Wonderland while working on this…must be something in the colors that triggered it (or it was the fumes from the ink ;)) So, I decided to finish off the page with a quote:
“There is no use in trying,” said Alice. “One can’t believe in impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age I always did it for a half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
To make this page I played with: Aluminum foil, Modge Podge, alcohol inks, paper, washi tape.