Friday, May 29, 2009

PDD Challenge *Love H20*

This month, we had a challenge at Pez-A-Doodle to do a faux granite technique using alcohol inks. The first part was to choose a granite sample as inspiration. I choose this:

Beautiful blues and silver. The technique is to take similar colors of alcohol inks along with a metal mixative (silver in this case) to create a faux granite to use as "tile" on a project.
First, begin by putting all your choosen colors (including metallic) onto the felt of your applicator tool. Dab all over glossy cardstock until you get the color you want. Next put blending solution onto same felt and dab all over the cardstock again to blend the colors.
After you've completed all your paper, cut or punch into squares and use on your project! I had a lot of fun with this and really went all out just creating a project just for me. Here's my "granite" paper:

And my finished mirror:

After making my faux granite, the project in my head totally changed (often happens!). It reminded me of summer and the water of the lakes, rivers and ocean and I wanted to use it to bring all those elements together.
I used rope along edge of mirror. The hearts and H2O are TH grungeboard painted with TH crackle paints. I used the same rope to tie that adorable metal fishy to a TH fragment charm that I colored with the same alcohol inks. I added decorative baubles around the outside and small shells as accents.
The only thing I had to purchase for this project was the mirror, which was $1.99 at Michaels! You can really have a lot of fun using this technique with some great Tim Holtz products and stuff you have around your house. Here's some closeups of my mirror and links to the products used.

All Tim Holtz products from Pez-A-Doodle:
TH Fragment Charms
Distress Crackle Paints
Alcohol Inks

Thanks for stopping!

Hugs- Kelly


  1. Hey Kel! Your alcohol ink project is AWESOME! I love the fish and the pebbles!!! Great job!

  2. Wow! This is so beautiful.