Monday, June 1, 2015

Striped Alcohol Ink Vase

These great cylinder vases are only 97 cents at  our local Wal-mart. They are so versatile and can be used in all different kinds of ways (candle holder, flower vase, tall greenery vase, floating candle holder, etc...). So I picked one up the last time I was at Wal-mart and knew I wanted to decorate it with alcohol ink, but in a way I hadn't tried yet. So stripes it is.

I used some painter's tape to tape off some stripes on my vase. I knew from previous experience, that trying to measure and be really precise would be nearly impossible, so I just eyeballed it.  I wanted each stripe that I was going to decorate to be a bit smaller as it went up the vase.

Then I used my homemade applicator to stamp some colors on the bottom stripe. I've found that the most important first step is to try to get as much coverage as possible before you re-ink your applicator, that way it will remain a fairly consistent color. You can drop more ink onto your felt to make a second coat or grab a new felt and put new colors on. The more you use a felt, the more muddy (brown or darker) the colors will become. I would usually not make more than two passes with the same felt before changing it.  Each of the stripes took 2-4 passes with the applicator to get the look I was going for. As I stamped each stripe, I changed the colors just a bit to create a sort of gradient effect.

On the top stripe, I even added a little silver. When I was all done with the stamping, I even rubbed the silver along the top edge of the vase. In the photo above, you can see just how many felt pieces and different colors I used to finish my vase.

It was really hard to get a picture of the vase where you could really see what was going on with the striping and the colors, so I put a piece of white paper in the vase. I would have liked the void stripes to be a bit narrower--so some narrower tape may be in order for my next striped project. But all in all, it turned out fantastic. Alcohol Ink is so much fun to work with. Remember that if you plan to do something other than simply setting this vase on a shelf as a decorative piece, you'll want to seal it with some clear sealer.

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