Thursday, 27 March 2014

It’s a Circus out there!



Hi there!
Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday’s blog is always blue, isn’t it.
Now, today I’m going to keep it short and sweet; 
yesterday’s blog was like the Dead Sea Scrolls! 
I could have knitted it faster! Literally!!

So here’s one I did on TV a while ago, where I took a few elements from the Clarity Circus Set


and then created a meaningful kind of Doodle/Zentangle pattern background. Several people have asked to see this one slowly and up close, so let’s take a closer look...


 I used:


I started by stamping a basic composition into place on 
A4 Theuva Card, with Black Archival ink.
Then made an outline to stay within.
Then added the tightrope.
Then got my little black pen out and started. 

Oh. And made 10 photocopies of it to practise on!


The best way to tackle this kind of artwork is one section at a time,
and on scrap first. Make sure you like it before you add it to the original piece.

Let’s just look at what I did. The pics speak volumes.

Clouds and raindrops.


A banner for the words, with a funky backdrop.


Trapeze swings and a safety net.


A night sky with stars and a flag on the Big Top.


The most important thing is to take your time and think Circus!
The ideas will come, if you let them...



So to add a little blue. If you want to that is! I have to, it being Thursday and all that!
I decided to do an overlay of alcohol ink.
You apply the ink to a sheet of A5 acetate, 
which sits on top of the artwork.

So, once again, the original is preserved.
Mind you, it’s a good idea to run a few copies after you have completed your creation!
I wouldn’t want to dribble alcohol all over my masterpiece! 
Would you?

Take one of your copies and lay a piece of acetate over the top.
Start with a couple of drops of Stonewashed Alcohol ink and dab dab dab it with your applicator.
 Add a few drops of Blending Solution, and watch it start moving! 
I LOVE THIS TECHNIQUE!


Add some Denim alcohol in certain areas, like this:


Add some Juniper in the other areas, like this!


Use a clean felt and add yellow for some vibrance.


 The best thing is that your wonderful doodle-work, 
your one off Filigraphy, your Zentangle is still pristine.
And if you have used a copy of your work, as I have here, then your original is fine!

When your ink is completely dry, if you prefer the ink on the inside, then simply flip the acetate. It will work fine.


But how to attach the acetate.
Here’s an idea.
Slit the sides of the artwork from top to bottom, and slip the acetate into the slits.





Alcohol inks are very easy to use.
Best on glossy surfaces, like acetate and the coated Claritycard.
But I do like to add the blending solution; 
it just disperses the ink beautifully.

See? Even when I try to keep it short and sweet, 
I get carried away!

Have fun!

Much love,

52 comments:

  1. When I saw this on the TV I was very impressed with your meaningful doodles. And the colouring added really finishes this off beautifully! x

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  2. Hi Barb, love this, especially yours doodles/zentangle. Love doing alcohol inks on acetate, found out that they work quite well with shaving foam for swirled backgrounds too. And even if your blog posts were a combination of War and Peace and the Dead sea scrolls, I would still be back every day to read them, the day job allowing of course. Have a great day. Bx

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  3. Brilliant Barb, as ever!!

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  4. Yummy! I lovve alcohol inks and blending solution... Its always magical and exciting to use! Beautiful work as always Barbs xxx

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  5. Love it - love doing the entangling - and the colour on the acetate really sets it off! - I agree with Bridget about length of blogs - short, medium or long - I love them and appreciate the time you give to them xx

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  6. I loved that card when you did it on TV but adding the inks .....WOW! And it could be so easily changed by adding a different colour! Just Lovely! Love and Hugs xxx

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  7. Lovely , different set today Barbara. Also it reminds me of the book I'm reading tonight, The Night Circus

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  8. Morning Barbara. Lovely piece of art, but adding the alcohol inns has changed it completely. Xx

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  9. Brilliant Barbara and what a b...y good idea for attaching the acetate x

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  10. What a difference the alcohol inks make. Beautiful

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  11. Saw you doing this live and I liked it. Love your doodles. Clever way to do the acetate. Xx

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  12. You get carried away Barbara!
    Good for us all as we learn a lot!
    XxRuth

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  13. Oooo I really need some alcohol inks now, they're on my shopping list for Doncaster Dome in June. Great idea for attaching the acetate (which I also need), great inspiration as always x

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  14. Hi Barb,
    I saw you do the artwork on tv and loved it, but now that you've added the ink to the acetate WOW the whole thing just pops! It's really lovely. Haven't tried alcohol inks like this but might have to get some and try. I do like Zentangle though, really chills me out. I'm with others as well when it comes to the blog - whatever you do is fine with me, I'm just grateful that you do it. Thank you. Any chance of doing something with that stunning owl stencil you have? Love to everyone, Alison xx
    Ps please say a big thank you to Janice for sorting out my order yesterday she was great.

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  15. Its lovely Barbara ,it looks great ,love what u done xx

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  16. Love this technique it looks so vibrant. Must buy some alcohol inks. Hope you have a lovely day. Joan x

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  17. Loved this demo when you did it on tv and I love the finished result, don't use my alcohol inks nearly enough must get hem out and start to experiment

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  18. Hi Barbara.... Wow love the card.....happy crafting x

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  19. I can just hear that circus music --- love this card, thanks...

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    1. The song is called Thunder and Blazes

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  20. Hi Barbara. I am so pleased that you have chosen to show us the circus scene. I saw you do it on TV and loved it then. I am just starting to have a go at Zentangling and will be able to have a good go now : ) Love the inks over the top, and the slits on the sides are a good idea. I agree with the others that have said we don't mind short or long posts. I am just happy to read your blog as it is always so inspirational. Thanks for all you put into it. Take care.

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  21. Morning Barbara,
    What a great idea to change an original without actually changing it!!!!!
    Lorna D

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  22. Hi Barbara loved this art work on TV but adding the inks wow thank you love June xxx

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  23. Lovely once again Barbara. xx

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  24. I loved this when I saw it on the telly and the alcohol ink overlay is fab especially that pop of yellow

    Jackie x

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  25. it's fab, just recently come across your blog and really enjoying it :)

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  26. Hi Barbara, love zentangle but still trying to get to grips with it. Love the way you've used the alcohol inks.

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  27. HI there Barbra, beautiful and inspiring. P.S. your timing is just perfect, thanks for the inspiration. XXX,

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  28. Love this idea Barb, if you put one in your gallery, you could have different acetates to suit your mood and change them as and when you like. Thank you for yet another great blog xx

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  29. Love this idea Barb, if you put one in your gallery, you could have different acetates to suit your mood and change them as and when you like. Thank you for yet another great blog xx

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  30. I Love this picture. you know how much I admire your Philigraphy and it looks great with the Inks over too. Clever you!! how many times have I battled to add acetate and not let the "seems" show! You have so much logic in your head. xxx

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  31. I liked this image when I saw it on the telly, thanks for showing us the step by step. I love your filigraphy and it is on my ever growing list of having a go. xx

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  32. Watch you do this on TV Barbara it's stunning so much detail love the philigraphy .love the march 40% offer plus club extra 10% placed my order how lucky we are with your clarity offers .have a good day xxx

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  33. Just loved this card when you did the demo on TV, still love, very talented lady. I really like the look of Zentangle would live to try it someday. Take care xx

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  34. Gorgeous card. I've never tried zentangle as I have a shaky hand sometimes when Ihave a pen in my hand but may try it as I used to love doodling.
    Hugs
    CraftyJacq
    xx

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  35. Great technique and a fabulous result when done by an expert. Pat x

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  36. So cool! Love the acetate overlay, I must give that a go! xx

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  37. this looks fab - great backdrop and an amazing overlay - love it xx

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  38. Amazing with the acetate overlay, and what a good idea to do some copies of the original artwork! I found some fabulous zentangle on Pinterest yesterday, that looks just like balls of wool that go with your knitting - kept the link in case I ever have a spare afternoon with nothing to do....! Susan x

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  39. I failed miserably at this when we tried it at the Scone workshop last year. I've avoided the inks since but I think I might just have to have another go! As you say, just play and have fun and see what happens - it doesn't need to be perfect. I'm also starting to get used to the "just keep going" idea - especially with the Gelli plate. It's not until it's all done that it looks like something special, on the way it can definitely look a bit dodgy!

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  40. brilliant piece of artwork barb

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  41. Tried typing a comment earlier whilst I was on the bus, but Facebook crashed on my phone. Too many dead spots between where I live and Nottingham. I loved this when you did this on TV and the addition of colours brings it to anothe level. Looks like I need to think about investing in some alcohol inks, but you have brought us so many techniques which are new to me I think I had better try these first. Not complaining though as I really enjoy your daily blog and it is a must read everyday no matter how busy I am.

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  42. Ahh! now I know what I bought those inks! Lovely effect. x

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  43. A lovely card with great Zentangle details and the acetate overlay adds even more effect.x

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  44. I love alcohol inks but not sure I have the patience for Zentangle but love yours x

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  45. Did see you do this on TV and liked it then, certainly changes the whole look with the acetate overlay. Great idea especially the way you have attached it. now I know how to use those inks I won on your blog earlier in the year. It is fine if your blog is a nice long one, I am fortunate now that being retired I can spoil myself and settle down for a lovely read. Lynne xx

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  46. Beautiful! A really stunning creation and thank you so much for sharing how you did it with us Karen x

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  47. Great blog as always - how do you manage to keep coming up with all these new ideas?
    I can't wait for the weekends to arrive so that I can try the new techniques...I've just placed my order to try out the virtual knitting......looking forward to my bargain Clarity order arriving - of course I couldn't resist ordering a few other bits at those bargain prices! Thank you for the great 40% off :-) x

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  48. I love the 'mono' circus, but I'm not to sure about the zentangle because my hands always do a dance all of their own, but still I'll give it a go. It will be the oddest shapes yet, I'm good at drawing wavy lines round card edges though.

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  49. remember this from tv. lots of work goes in it. i must say i prefer the monochrome print without overlay hugs xx

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  50. For some strange reason, this one took me longer to grasp than any other so far. I think my brain was not quite in the right area this time. I love the finished poster, quite in keeping with those colours. xxx Maggie

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    1. Forgot to say that whenever I do a drawing these days, I always scan and print off several copies so that I never ruin my original work. This, for me, is a hang up from when I was forced at school to paint my delicate and detailed pencil drawings with thick gloomy poster paint and a huge brush. xxx Maggie

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x