Now that things are somewhat back to “normal” in my life, I’m bringing back Technique Tuesdays! For those of you who aren’t familiar with my Technique Tuesday, you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. Well, Technique Tuesday is a weekly posting of an artistic or craft technique that is accompanied by steps that explain how to create the technique.
The fun part is, you never know what you’ll find on Technique Tuesday because the techniques vary depending upon whatever I’ve been experimenting with…could be a gorgeous colorant technique, a way to add intriguing texture, a cool altered photo technique…so many possibilities! Whatever it is, have fun with it…experiment and play…and let me know how it works (or doesn’t work) for you. Post a link in the comments to a piece of art you’ve created using the technique…I’d love to see it!
Altered Photo + Tinted Overlay
I love altering photos and finding ways to turn leftover photos into unique artistic snapshots. This easy technique works best on light photos, and can be done on digital or processed photos.
- fine or medium grade sandpaper
- transparency or acetate
- alcohol inks (Adirondak or Pinata)
- rubbing alcohol in a spritzer bottle
- small paintbrush
1. Using a fine or medium grade sandpaper, sand photo in all directions until desired distressed effect is achieved. If you’re working on a digital photo, make sure photo is completely dry before sanding.
2. Drip a few drops of alcohol inks (in two or three colors; I used blue and yellow) about 1/2″ apart on one side of transparency.
3. Spritz ink spots with rubbing alcohol.
4. Gently blend ink colors into one another with the paintbrush; blend edges of color spots together where different colors meet; see photo steps.
5. Spritz once again with rubbing alcohol and set aside to dry.
6. Place tinted transparency, ink side down over distressed photo. Staple transparency in place and trim unevenly.
Experiment with different colored inks, printed transparencies and partially sanded photos…whatever you do, just have fun! And remember to post a link to whatever you’ve created…