- by Marjie Kemper
What a pleasure to be here with my first column for UPA! I made a tag ring using my favorite new inks – Dylusions Ink Sprays by Dyan Reaveley – along with my favorite Distress Inks and Archival Inks (all by Ranger).
After spraying a liberal amount of several of Dyan’s inks onto manila tags, I added some water and let everything run before drying with my heat tool. Then I added a bit more water through a stencil, as Dyan demoed in videos from the winter CHA tradeshow. Once dry, this is what I had:I love layered collages, whether they're made with paper or ink. I pulled some favorite stamps and stencils and started inking:
I like to try to use as least a bit of each stamp or stencil on each tag. It brings them all together to have some common features. Another layer brought me to this:
The layers are building up. In many cases I’m only using parts of a stamp or stencil – not the whole thing. I think this adds interest and really helps them all blend together. Dyan was the first person I saw use the cling-mount stamps off the mount, which allows you to use just bits of them as desired. You can see her demo this on Ranger's site.
Starting to fill up but still needs a lot:
The last step for me is always the edges, hit here with black Archival ink: