Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Last night when I was staying up late and playing with papers I wanted to make the easter greeting for the blog. I had this urge to make something showing where my roots are, in the eastern Finland. This year I have been watching easter eggs at the shops. In the south, where I live now, everything is so pastel, so blend, even the easter decoration.

Sometimes I get so fed up with the white country style or the contemporary stuff, you know those square shape white sofas combined with lightweight white curtains. Not me, never.

So here's my easter greeting for you, plenty of colorful eggs, jewelry and fabrics!

The day before I was playing with Tim Holtz alcohol inks and soft color pens. I love inks. I also have black writing ink that is really great for deep black. If you have not tried the alcohol inks, have a go, you wont be disappointed! I just blob them straight from the bottle and try not to think too much. I love the way they layer with the color pens. The soft pens are like velvet and the ink is like silk.

More than colors and shapes, I think of materials when I make the collages. I try to imitate all kinds of fabrics, glass, porcelain, they never cease to inspire me. I love to make cards with all these materials in mind. Here are few of the latest, imitating glass and porcelain.

10 comments:

  1. I love all the color and the layered geometrics designs in the cards. Just beautiful. I have the inks and don't use the much at all. I guess its time to pull them out and play with them again. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Happy Easter to you.

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  2. Thanks, Kate! Have fun with the inks!

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  3. So colorful & inspiring! I really enjoy playing with inks too.
    It has been awhile, but you are inspiring me to get back to, being more playful on paper :]
    These pages are beautiful, thank you for sharing.
    Glad you found my blog/site.
    Your flower project was very creative, I just had to share with my readers! :]
    Happy Easter!

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  4. Thanks, April! Happy Easter to you too!

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  5. Hi, Paivi!

    I LOVE your alcohol ink work!! I've been wanting to try those for some time now.. finally just bought a set of three, yesterday! You mention using those and "soft color pens"... I'm not sure what you mean by that. ?? Are you in the US? If not, maybe there's a difference in terminology. Are they nice markers, like the Copic pens? What's the brand name? Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work!

    Teri
    wwwonpurpose.blogspot.com
    www.groups.yahoo.com/abalteredbooks, list-owner
    (It's really an altered art site, not only about altered books!) :)

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  6. Hi Teri and thanks!! I am not in the US so I do not know if the term is correct, sorry! I mean soft tipped pencils like Derwent Coloursoft, Derwent Inktense (my favorite) or Caran D'Ache Luminance.

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  7. Hi, Paivi!

    Oh! Colored *pencils*, not pens!? Wow! Do the pencil tips soften, at all, as you use them on the alcohol inks? They just look so vivid...I'm surprised they're pencils! Thanks so much! Your work is so inspiring!!
    Teri

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  8. Teri,
    yes, sorry about the wrong term! The alcohol ink dries very fast so they do not get much softer. Inktense pencils work great with water but actually all the brands I mentioned have very saturated and strong colors without doing any extra tricks.

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  9. Just one more question (I think!) :) You mentioned (I think it was that piece) that you did it on paper... but, I've heard that those inks need to be used on glossy papers, or other non-porous surfaces; glass, ceramic, etc.... Is that what you did?? A glossy cardstock?

    Thank you!!! :)

    Teri

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  10. Teri, I used plain matte paper. You CAN use the ink on glossy paper etc. where water soluble ones do not work but I can't see a reason why you could not use plain paper too. At least I have used it a lot with no negative effects! Only remember to cover your surface properly, I use silicon craft surface to protect my vintage work top!

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