LET ME SHARE WITH YOU A PLETHORA OF TECHNIQUES!

Posted by cathie on August 31, 2014

I’m back … I AM BACK!! Actually I have always been here just “out of reach” to my blog. Spring has come and gone and now we are at the end of summer 2014. If I could just chat with the “time fairies” I would love to entice them to slow down this constant “marching of time, thing”. I’m looking for the “slow passage of time” how about you?

Since I last posted I have done so many projects … for classes, for the two amazing “zines” that I write for (Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine and Scrap & Stamp Arts), projects for Clearsnaps’ catalogue and of course projects for my loved ones in the form of tags and cards for their special days. Almost all of them have been created using Clearsnaps pigment ink and Clearsnaps, Fluid Chalk line which is a blend of dye and pigment. Some people have asked me … why pigment ink when so many people like to play with dye based products. I would love to say that it is “just the rebel without a cause” in me but in truth it is because of 3 major reasons:

1.     Pigment ink is the most light fast of all the mediums out there. This is important to me as I display many of my projects and love to use them as home decor. When we used to display all the projects I made for the store that my family owned we learned very quickly that anything created with dye based ink would fade fairly quickly under the fluorescent lights or goodness forbid in bright sunlight. Therefore I began using pigment ink and this quickly resolve the issue. I loved “creating new samples” but not so much “redoing” a great sample just because it had faded.

2.    Once I started using pigment ink because of the “loss of color in my projects” issue, I began discovering that beyond the wonderful light fastness of this amazing medium it was also capable of multitasking in exquisite ways. With every slip of a stamp or with every kind of  “whoops” that happened while I was creating, I discovered more techniques that this medium was capable of. It quickly became my  “go to”, embossing ink …  my “go to”, resist ink and my “go to”, “easy coloring of images”, ink. It is my “go to”, “creating background of all manner” ink and more.  In fact I am still discovering what pigment ink is capable of.  It seems to me that with pigment ink I have a bottomless “stamp pit” of new ideas.

3.   Pigment ink is WATERBASED …. therefore cleans up with water. Stays wet for an extended time but can be instantly heat set! Okay, so I am over 3 reasons … why did I start counting anyway? Lol.

Screens, Stylus & Stamps. An accordion style card/mini album class, loaded with techniques to be used for creating whatever your "creative heart" desires.

Screens, Stylus & Stamps. An accordion style card/mini album class, loaded with techniques to be used for creating whatever your “creative heart” desires.

Another beautiful project BUT that is not the focus ... the focus is all the paper altering techniques we will be exploring. The project ... just a bonus!!

Another beautiful project BUT that is not the focus … the focus is all the paper altering techniques we will be exploring. The project … just a bonus!!

With all this being said … my classes for both the Great Canadian Scrapbooker Carnival, put on by Canadian Scrapbooker and the Scrapbook Central, Fall Retreat on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, are just around the corner. In these classes I will be sharing a plethora of ideas and techniques that go far beyond the project that we will create. In the classes it is the techniques that I share with you that are important. I will teach you how to alter white paper using stamps and ink and we will achieve this in so many unique and wonderful ways. These techniques can go anywhere paper (fabric, wood, clay etc) and stamps can go. They can be used for scrapbooking, art journaling, card making, tag making … YES! and home decor too. We head in the direction of a beautiful project but “that” beautiful project takes “second place” to the techniques we use to create it. If you have stamps and ink and you do not use them any where nearly enough … I invite you to spend some time with me and my stamps and my ink … I know that you too will be as addicted to this art form as I am!

The samples you see here are from the classes taught at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine’s, Great Canadian Scrapbooker Carnival and they are also “2” of the “5” classes I will be offering on Vancouver Island at Scrapbook Central’s, fall retreat. Stay tuned and cross your fingers … and your toes AND I will soon put up photos of the 3 other classes that will be taught on the island. I promise .. I promise .. I will try. Those “time fairies” and I just need to catch up.

YES! ... this ALL used to be white Superstock and with the techniques taught in my "Screens, Styluses & Stamps" class you can create and create and create. Seen here ... background paper for a scrapbook page or for a card, tags, a scrapbook page and an art journal page.

YES! … this ALL used to be white Superstock and with the techniques taught in my “Screens, Styluses & Stamps” class you can create and create and create. Seen here … background paper for a scrapbook page or for a card, tags, a scrapbook page and an art journal page.

 

Yummy projects all executed with pigment ink techniques taught in the "Unbe"leaf"able Mini Album Class. YES, the project is delicious but really the project is only "desert" ... the "meat" of the class are the techniques I will share with you.

Yummy projects all executed with pigment ink techniques taught in the “Unbe”leaf”able Mini Album Class. YES, the project is delicious but really the project is only “desert” … the “meat” of the class are the techniques I will share with you.

One Response to “LET ME SHARE WITH YOU A PLETHORA OF TECHNIQUES!”

  1. Jan Barney Says:

    Hi Cathie. I took your “Inkspirations” class at Be Creative in the spring. Would you send me a copy of the finished product? Thank you, -Jan

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