Good Morning Creatives!
Keri Sallee here and it’s time for another Faithful Sunday with Faith Impressions by Keri Sallee for Gel Press!
Today, I am taking one of my favorite techniques and scaling it down.
Easy Alcohol Ink Technique
One of my favorite techniques with my Faith Impressions plates is to use alcohol ink.
A few months ago, I produced a video for the Gel Press You Tube channel that shows you just how easy it is!
Here is the video:
You can see in this video or if you have looked at other alcohol ink on Gel Press plates, you see that it is usually done a bigger scale, used for something like a background.
For today’s project, I wanted to show you that you can also use this simple technique on a small scale, like the mini shapes that come with the Faith Impressions kit.
When I designed the shapes for the Faith Impressions kit, they were sized intentionally to fit in the margins of journaling bibles. There were no other gel plates on the market that would allow me to do all of the mono-printing fun in the size that I needed it.
For this project, I wanted to do something whimsical and turn the heart shape plate into a set of balloons.
I started by choosing my alcohol inks: Citrus, Wild Plum and Watermelon and my Pebeo Silver High Viscosity Acrylic paint.
TIP: Use an acrylic block to handle your mini plates. It keeps your fingers from getting into your paint like it would if you tried to handle them without a block.
For this project, I used a mixture of texture plates from Carabelle Studios to create my textures.
Here is a sample of my Wild Plum Alcohol Ink with my Pebeo Silver High Viscosity acrylic paint.
I continued the same process you saw in the video with my other colors of alcohol ink.
TIP: Flip one of your hearts opposite so keep some interest in your page.
I love the shininess the silver adds! Like the sun is hitting my iridescent balloons and making them shine like diamonds!
To finish up my page, I added strings and outlines around my balloons, as well as adding a swipe of white as a “glimmer” spot.
I felt like the straight black marker was too harsh, so I added small amount of the silver paint on top of the black to tone it down. I also added the words LOVE using some stickers.
To finish up my page, I drew a little elephant so that he was holding my balloons!
SSOOO…why balloons and elephants and what the heck does this have to do with love?!
I wanted love to be symbolized by the balloons. That it can easily be blown away when the stresses and hurts of life.
We have all heard the saying “An elephant never forgets.” The elephant is the reminder to remember (tongue twister?! LOL!) to hold tight to love because it can be so easily lost.
The entirety of the 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 tells us what love is and isn’t. I wanted to do a simple piece that focused on holding on to the good parts of love and releasing the things that keep us from finding and keeping love.
I hope you enjoyed today’s project and it inspires you to do a little creative love today.
Until next time,