An Inky Experiment

The Less is More challenge this week calls for us to use ink.  Well that is no problem; I always use ink. When I read more however, I noticed the encouragement to use it in a way you haven’t tried before.  So my card is somewhat experimental.  It was only after I had completed two expermiments that I noticed the challenge also suggested using a favourite technique!  Now that would have been easier.  But experimentation is important; occasionally wonderful effects are created.  This experiment needs a little refining but I will show you anyhow.

I used watercolour paper which had a  lot of texture.  Unfortunately this paper does not work well for stamping but is fine for sloshing ink around.  I used masking fluid to paint a square border and then painted water into the square area before adding droplets of ink.  I let the ink spread, tilting the paper a little to make it head in different directions.  I used only two colours but the green ink split into pigments which gave me a pinky brown as well.  After the ink dried I stamped the feathers and embossed them.  The texture of the paper was difficult to work with as the ink didn’t reach the indents but the powder did.

I may continue to play around with this technique, particularly trialing different papers.  Make sure you check out the challenge gallery at Less is More.  Inspiration abounds as always.


Stamps: Feather C-1536 (PSX)
Inks: Buckaroo Blue & True Thyme inks (SU), Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Demco Watercolour paper


13 Comments on “An Inky Experiment”

  1. Maribel says:

    Very beautiful. I love

  2. Vicky says:

    Their royal limnesses are definitely getting us going this week! It’s great to try new techniques and yours has worked rather well! I love that feather against your inky background. You’ve got me thinking about embossing on watercolour paper now… Vx

  3. Jenni's Jems says:

    Love how the ink has separated and think the feathers set it off beautifully! x

  4. Suze Bain says:

    A great inky background and I love that feather stamp. Fab. xx

  5. Beryl K says:

    Great card, love the placement of your stamp over the fabulous inky section
    Beryl x

  6. Chrissie says:

    This is a really interesting effect Heather.. I love how the green ink has produced several hues!
    Thanks so much for another fab submission.
    Lady LIM
    “Less is More”

  7. mandi says:

    FAB card, Heather,
    We have such varied techniques this week, wonderful to see!

    Thanks so much
    Diva LIM
    “Less is More”

  8. Sasha says:

    Super inky effect and great stamping!

  9. Diane Hover says:

    Very pretty effects you achieved with the inks!!

  10. Lindsey says:

    I really like what the texture of the paper adds to the card, Heather. I can also sympathize with how it complicated what you were doing! 😛 You still ended up with a beautiful card.

  11. Aileen says:

    It is fun to experiment and I like your result, the panel with the feathers floating down is lovely. x

  12. Stephanie L says:

    Your experiement produced a gorgeous card. I love the “seepage” and those little featers are the perfect finish for it. I am really in awe of your masking and sponging abilities. Your work is gorgeous and very inspiring to me. Thank you too, for your kind comment on my blog.

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