Salt Water Etching Copper

April 4, 2016 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

Hi Everyone!

I have been off experimenting with lots of stuff- resin, molds, metal, etching etc. I showed some friends some of my experiments and they asked for some tips on how I did Salt Water etching on copper. There are loads of full tutorials on this subject with all the gory details on why and how this process works, so I just did a quick video on the items I used for the Salt Water etching process.

I started out with 9 volt batteries, as mentioned in many of the videos, but they quickly ran out of juice, so I went on to using a car battery charger. The one I used is 12 volts and it already comes with the negative and positive clamps already set up. In my video, it isn’t very clear in the section where I talk about the actual copper that I am going to etch. This piece of copper is place in the etching salt water bath, but there must be a piece of copper that sticks out of the water so that the positive (red) clamp can attach to the copper without the clamp going in the water. Most folks attach a piece of copper wire to the back of the copper to be etched with tape (since a lot of folks use tape on the back to protect it from being etched. I found that was a pain. Other folks drill a hole in the copper to be etched and make a hook from the wire and hang the copper piece from the wire. I didn’t want a hole in my bracelet blank. So, I used flat (thicker) bezel wire and hooked/wrapped the wire around the copper piece so that the wire was touching the copper and then the rest of the wire hooked over the edge of the container while the piece of copper could be sitting in the water. The red clamp could be attached to the wire  and that worked fine for the etching process.

I stress that caution should be used at all times when using this process. I do not touch any part of the set up, unless the battery charger is turned off. So first I get all the pieces set up, and only then do I turn on the charger while staying away from the salt water container. If I need to check or tweak something I turn the charger OFF and only then will I touch any part of the set up.

So with those dire warnings aside- here is the video. Enjoy!

Here are some of the items I have etched with the Salt Water process:

Salt Water Copper Etched

Salt Water Copper Etched

Salt Water Copper Etched

Salt Water Copper Etched

Gesso’d Cards Push-Pull with Stencils

April 26, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

I was fortunate this past week to visit with my Mom, and join a fun group of ladies in Sun City Center at their Thursday morning stamping group. During their class, I showed them a fun technique to add texture to backgrounds for their cards. We started out with card stock that had been painted with Gesso. This lets watercolor inks, markers, dye based ink pads etc, wash really nicely, and even be removed, rather than getting sucked into the paper. We used clear Gesso from Liquitex, but clear Gesso from Windsor Newton works fine as well. White Gesso from any company also works great, as does Matte Medium. I find the clear Gesso has a little bit more grit to it, and is easier to use when first starting out. Any of these products will seal the card stock to allow the inks to wash and be removed. However, the white Gesso and Matte Medium have a bit more of a plastic-y finish to them, and you might have a tendency to wipe off too much ink, too quickly.

We wiped out pre-gessoed cardstock with dye based (non waterproof) ink and softened the effect with a baby wipe. Then we used mesh and stencils and cut outs to pull ink from the background and push ink back in. We used some of our backgrounds to stamp images on and then cut them out to layer onto other backgrounds. They came out beautiful- full of texture and interest!

It was a fun class, and I was so happy to be able to join them and play!!

Here is the follow up video I promised:

and here are some samples…

Gesso Push-Pull Background 2

Gesso Push-Pull Background 2

Gesso Push-Pull Background 1

Gesso Push-Pull Background 1

Gesso Push-Pull Background Sample

Gesso Push-Pull Background Sample

Gesso Stamped Images 1

Gesso Stamped Images 1

Gesso Stamped Images 2

Gesso Stamped Images 2

Mom Gesso Background

Mom Gesso Background

Digital Cutter Packing Tape Pickup

April 13, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

I love my digital cutter! I use it to cut stencils and embellishments for cards, ATCs and other Mixed Media projects. However, I am often left with little pieces that can be somewhat wasteful.  I really wanted to find a way to use some of those remaining pieces, especially now that I am using paper that is a bit more expensive (although awesome! It’s from Digital Arts Studio Seminar- more on this in another post).

Packing tape and sticky paper to the rescue! Here is my experiment with what I am calling Packing Tape Pickup ;) . Enjoy!

 

Here was the ATC I was making with the cutout…

Seahorse ATC

Seahorse ATC

and here are the scanned images of the packing tape pickup. Sorry- they look better in the video and real life because of the shimmer :)

Silhouette  Pickup Leftover Pieces

Silhouette Pickup Leftover Pieces

Silhouette Packing Tape Pickup 1

Silhouette Packing Tape Pickup 1

So grab your packing tape and sticky paper and start using all of your digital cut masterpieces!!

Embossed Metal Valentine’s Day Card

February 12, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts

I decided to use my own embossing plate (more on how I do that in a future video!) to make an embossed metal card for Valentine’s day. Here is the video…

and here is how it turned out!

Embossed Metal Valentine's Day Card

Embossed Metal Valentine’s Day Card

I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Micaceous Iron Oxide Stenciling

December 31, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

I have been promising my Mom this video for a while! Well, at least I made it before the New Year started ;) .

In this video, I use Micaceous Iron Oxide paint with my own stencils in order to achieve a similar look to the tag that I posted over here in Cre8ive Klatch. In that post I used an embossing folder to add texture to the Micaceous Iron Oxide paint. However, I wanted to be able to use my own designs and achieve a similar look. Since I am not blessed with a manufacturing company that can make embossing folders from my designs ;) , I decided to use a different process. This is a similar process to another card I a made not too long ago where I used Molding paste and a stencil. In this video, I used the modeling paste and Micaceous Iron Oxide paint. There are 2 techniques, but the one where I use the paint directly through a stencil is the quickest and easiest and it looks awesome. The other way is to paint the Micaceous Iron Oxide on top of a stenciled design made with the molding paste- good if you have one of those laying around. Either way works, and it is quick and easy!

 

 

These pictures hopefully give you a good view of what the painted, stenciled paper looks like after the process…

Micaceous Iron Oxide Painted and Stenciled Card 1

Micaceous Iron Oxide Painted and Stenciled Card 1

Micaceous Iron Oxide Painted and Stenciled Card 2

Micaceous Iron Oxide Painted and Stenciled Card 2

Micaceous Iron Oxide Painted and Stenciled Card 3

Micaceous Iron Oxide Painted and Stenciled Card 3

This is another “Take 5″ project- it only takes 5 minutes- although you do need to account for drying time. Give it a shot- it’s super easy and looks fabulous! Enjoy!!

 

And I wish all of you a wonderful, Happy New Year in 2015!!

Gelli Arts Print- over printing black and white

August 10, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts

I finally had a little while to play today. I was trying out some ideas with the Gelli Arts Printing Plate and some of my new stencils, for a collaborative project that I will be part of this coming fall. At the end of the session I decided to play around with a wooden stamp I have and do a simple black and white Gelli Arts print. It had some cool texture and I planned on scanning it in…

Gelli Arts Print-Black White-1

Gelli Arts Print-Black White-1

I tried to do a second larger print, but I didn’t like the way it came out. So I went back to printing what I had been working on earlier. I reached for my white paper- gone!! So, I grabbed the white on black print that I didn’t like and over printed on that. I kind of liked the way it came out! So, as has happened before with the Gelli Arts plate- if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!!

Gelli Arts Print-Black & White Over Printed-2

Gelli Arts Print-Black & White Over Printed-2

Stay tuned for more information on the collaborative project!

Gelli Art Printing Plate and Charcoal

May 7, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts

A couple of weeks ago I was playing around with my Gelli Art Printing plate and I happened to look over and see some charcoal sticks that were sitting on my table. I thought to myself- “Hmmmmm, I wonder if charcoal would work with the Gelli plate?”. I love the look of charcoal, so I decided to try with the powdered form. I grabbed the powdered charcoal jar and started sprinkling it onto my gelli art plate on top of the wet paint and a paper stencil. I ran a couple of prints and loved the way the charcoal interacted with the paint! Sometimes it colored the paint by mixing in, and sometimes with made cool dots and holes in the paint.

Here are a couple of the prints I made with the paper stencil:

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 3

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 3

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 2

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 2

 

I really liked the backgrounds, but the paper stencil was falling apart and driving me crazy, so I just went ahead and printed some “plain” backgrounds. I think these will make great collage fodder and cool backgrounds for drawings!

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 4

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 4

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 1

Gelli Art Charcoal Print 1

 

At the end of my playtime I wiped the leftover charcoal off the plate with a baby wipe. I wasn’t sure if it would harm the plate and certainly did not want to take a chance!! If you have some charcoal or graphite powder give it a try!

Another Gelli Art Print with Photoshop

April 23, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts, Photoshop Posts

Hello friends! I just designed a pile of stencils and stamps, and while I was waiting for the stencils to be made, I decided to cut a couple on my Black Cat Cougar cutting machine and test them out. I pulled out my trusty Gelli Arts Printing plate, and pulled some of the new Golden Inks that I had just ordered. I only had a few colors, and one of them was green which I usually am not a huge fan of. I didn’t even remember ordering that color, but it was only a small bottle so maybe I was trying to get myself to branch out?

Anyhow, I had a pretty successful session, and came away with quite a few prints. I really liked the Golden inks. They are VERY fluid!! The way I liked them best was mixed with some of the normal Golden paints. Maybe 1-2 colors of paint and 1-2 colors of the ink seemed to be about the right mix. The prints with all inks are very juicy as you will see in one of the examples below.

Here was one of the prints with mostly ink. You can see lines where the ink pooled around the stencil…

Gelli Art Photoshop First Print

Gelli Art Photoshop First Print

 

I then pulled a second print and liked the background a lot better, but the funky circles didn’t come out as detailed…

Gelli Art Photoshop Original

Gelli Art Photoshop Original

 

I liked the circles in the first but the background in the second. Not to worry- I could combine them in Photoshop, but the selection might be a bit difficult. I tried a trick and it worked to give me some help to isolate the circles for the mask. First of course, I lined the two prints up on different layers in Photoshop. Then I chose the blend mode of exclusion on one of the layers. This made the background more of a consistent color so I could use the quick selection tool to more easily grab the background. Here is what it looked like in Photoshop:

Gelli Art Photoshop Exclusion

Gelli Art Photoshop Exclusion

 

Once I made my selection, I changed the blend mode to multiply and hit the mask button on the bottom of the layers panel (it looks sort of like a camera- a rectangle with a circle in the middle). The mask was actually backwards from what I wanted, so I clicked on the mask in the layers panel and used Ctrl-I in order to invert the mask.

Gelli Art Print Spirals Final

Gelli Art Print Spirals Final

 

I played around with opacity and arrived at the final print…

Gelli Art Print Spirals Final

Gelli Art Print Spirals Final

The final print has the best of both original prints- the background I liked from the second with the more detailed circles from the first! Give it a shot yourself!

And now I really like that green color, so I am going to need to order a bigger bottle ;)