Yes I'm kind of on this recycling kick. Of course that is not a bad thing. My work is giving out water bottle this week to people that come in. Alot of empty bottles are ending up in the garbage and I thought, what a waste. So I took some home and thought what can I make out of these. Well here is my first attempt at flower. I used oil paints to color the pedals, which really took very little paint to coat. I wanted retain some of the clear transparancy so I didn't want to completely cover the plastic in paint.
I like to call them re-inCarnations.
Update: So I tried to make some more of these. I used the same method but this time I tried to paint the pieces before I put them together. I think I put the paint on too thick because as it dried it started to crack on me. Good thing is I didn't have alot invested in the materials. The other problem is I painted these outside as it was starting to get dark. As they dried the crackling in them actually added some character so I'm going to use it. I did find a better coloring material. Alcohol inks !!. I've had a set of these that I used like once on something and didn't like it. My co-worker suggested I try them on the aluminum. Oh my, I'm in love with alcohol inks now. Went out and bought 2 more sets of 3. I now have 9 colors. I bought the the little stamper thing for the inks and found that they use simple felt stuck to the velcro on the pad. So I bought a big sheet of white felt and cut it into squares to use on the stamper. Cost me $0.25... much cheaper than the $4.00 they charge for the pre-cut ones that Tim Holtz packages. I can't believe anyone would buy those. I also found out that you can use punches on the aluminum as well. Its a bit hard but if you put it on the floor and push your knee into the punch it goes right through.
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