Hi Happy Stampers,
Welcome! I am so glad you are here to see what I’ve been up to! I decided that I needed to try the latest craze… String Painting with ink. I had so much fun and had a hard time stopping once started. There are a number of videos on YouTube about String Art or String Painting. In these videos demonstrators used acrylic paint, Brushos pigments(mixed with water) or re-inkers. I decided to try using ink from re-inkers. I pretty much stuck with colors close on the color wheel including combination of Stampin’ Up! Inks: Old Olive and Dapper Denim, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Cherry Cobbler, and Bermuda Bay and Perfect Plum.
For the string I needed an absorbent thin string. I used an inexpensive cotton bakers twine. Thinner string produces a finer texture than a wider string. I used a small paper plate to put a small puddle of each color. Using rubber gloves to protect my hands, I used one hand to wet 1/2 of the length of string in one color. Then after wiping off most of the ink off that hand, I wet the other half of the string in the other color. Keeping one hand clean can help decrease the smudges of ink on your paper.
In an old Stampin’ Up! Catalog that I opened near the middle, I placed a 1/4 sheet Whisper White cardstock. Then I carefully placed the damp string onto the cardstock in a loose S shape. Make sure there is fairly long tail hanging off the cardstock. Then I lined up another 1/4 sheet Whisper White cardstock directly over the other cardstock. Use one hand to hold tightly to the tail of the string. Use the other hand to close the catalog and then to place firm pressure over where the cardstock is located in the catalog. Quickly put the string out of the catalog. Carefully take the two pieces of cardstock out of the catalog and while trying not to smear them together, separate the cardstock. Lay the cardstock out to dry.
The ink dries pretty fast. Repeat the procedure without putting more ink on the string two times. I found that the first pull tended to be a little too wet and the second and third pulls showed much finer texture. I repeated inking the same string using the same technique as before. I used a new string and paper plate when I changed color combinations.
I experimented using watercolor paper with some texture too, but the result was a more smeared appearance than I liked. I liked the appearance of the Whisper White cardstock the best. Being a bit frugal, I kept the used string and layed them out to dry. I plan to use the string for bows on future cards 😊
All in all a successful experiment!! Here are a couple of the results:
Using Cherry Cobbler Reinker.
Using Old Olive and Chocolate Chip.
You can find reinkers and coordinating cardstock on my website at www.LuAnnHorstman.stampinup.net If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I would feel privileged to be chosen for that role. If you are interested in getting free products ask me about hostessing a Workshop! See my website for more details.
Some of the colors used today are retiring as of May 31st including Perfect Plum, Dapper Denim and Chocolate Chip. Be sure to get them soon if you are interested. Stampin’ Up!nhas a new catalog coming available June 1, 2018. We have an exciting new Color Revamp in this catalog…gorgeous new colors. Each catalog also has a grouping of 5 new Incolors– I especially love the Blueberry Bushel(a beautiful true blue)and Pineapple Punch(a gorgeous clear yellow) that will be available to purchase 2018-2020. If you would like a free catalog please request one through my website.
Until next time! Hugs,
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