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Mixed Media Fish Collage

by Amy Bowerman

For this weeks Grungy Monday challenge not only did I learn a new technique I also found yet another Tim Holtz product to pine for…Alcohol ink!  Naturally since my Distress ink collection is nearly complete (must have one in EVERY color) now I need to start gathering colors of alcohol inks.  I had purchased the blending solution and applicator felt awhile back but somehow never got around to getting the ink.  After viewing Tim’s instructional video off to the craft store I went.  Fortunately all scrapbook supplies were on sale so I was able to jump-start my new collection.  First time using alcohol inks and I am HOOKED!

 

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Color Color COLOR!!

I apologize for the splotchy photo…don’t worry I took detail shots  I think I got a little over zealous with the Metallic Mixatives…shiny things amuse me :)

 

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Get Out of the Fishbowl

 

 

The inspiration for this piece came from a variety of places.   The overall concept came from this illustration I made in college.

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I wish for Fish!!

The phrase “Get out of the Fishbowl” came from a dear friend of mine who always used to tell me that if I wanted to be happy in life I needed to “Get out of the Fishbowl”.  The illustration above was inspired by this as well as the new piece.  I stamped the magazine letters  on Ranger glossy cardstock that had been alcohol ink’da-fied, mounted them on grunge board and edged them with Black Soot distress ink.

I used my fishbowl stamp as a jumping off point and over a couple of days the whole thing just came together….seriously I have had this stamp since I was 11 it is nearly 20 yrs old…talk about staying power!!

 

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The Fish Bowl

I had forgotten to pick up glossy card stock when I grabbed the ink and was trying to think of a suitable alternative since it was late at night when I began working on this project.  I had just finished wrapping a bunch of Party favors for the Kid’s party planning company I freelance for and had a slew of cellophane scraps at my feet…Thats when the idea hit me to use the cellophane.  I inked up a piece and stamped the fish bowl then mounted it on shimmer cardstock so I could cut it out.  The next day I went to the store to get the glossy paper to create the rest of the images.

 

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Make your own Bling!!

I was so excited to learn that I could color bling with Alcohol Inks.  Sooo easy just a drop and the swish of an applicator and wala!  custom shiny bubbles!!

 

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Over the border line

Originally I was going to leave the border black and white but it just seemed to need a little something more so I inked up more cellophane scraps and layered them over the Grunge Cirque stamps…I kept the edges jagged to give them an aquatic feel like seaweed swaying in the waves.

 

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Sea shells by the sea

To finish off the piece I added the shells to the corners in a mock frame fashion….now all I have to do is find a shadow box to put this in and it’s ready to adorn a wall.  I myself am ready to start alcohol inking again!!  Till next time …thanks for stopping by today!   Let me know what you think :)

 

 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 BrianK July 2, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Love this piece you’ve made, took me back to the days of my youth and Dr. Seuss. Fabulous piece.

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2 pluc3082 July 3, 2011 at 11:13 am

Brian, your comment totally made my day!! To be compared to the great Dr. himself who has been inspiring me to create since I was a little girl is such an honor…Thank you much !! :)

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3 BrianK July 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Love your piece, took back to my younger days and Dr. Seuss. Really cool

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4 Alison July 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

Wonderfully creative! I love it Amy! x

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5 Suzanne Bouchard July 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

Bravo with this week’s challenge! you sure had a lot of fun with the alcohol inks!

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6 Kathleen D July 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Amy! You were born to ink! I love your creation. Thanks for the great close ups. The bling looks magnificent as bubbles and the bottom of the fishbowl. The fish are amazing. Love the letters…….well, I love all of it

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7 Debbie July 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

WOW! What a fabulous piece! Great inking! Love the vivid colours and all the details and doodads! Wonderful job!

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8 Sarah Engels-Greer July 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Just wonderful – love the rich colours, layers and feeling of movement. Great creation!
Sarah

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