Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Wooooo ! It's time for the Tute Tsunami with Art Sparks.

My Sumi Smoosh with Vellum tute is below. I've also uploaded YouTube vids: Part 1 and Part 2.

Here is Melly Testa's tute on hand dyeing from her book Inspired to Quilt and here is Jane Lafazio's tute on Needle Felting. Next up: Lyric Kinard and Alisa Burke. I'll have their links up Thursday!

Sumi Smoosh with Vellum let's get to it!

Supply List
White Vellum Paper
Plaste folder, or sheet that you can fold
Inks: 2 colors and a metallic (or what you have on hand)
Spray bottles (1 per color, I use Ranger's Mini-Misters)
   if you don't have the spray bottles you can just drop some ink onto the plastic sheet
Brayer (or just rub your hand over the plastic to move it around)
Water
RUBBER GLOVES!
If desired and at hand:
alcohol
needle and thread
tape

One of my students named this technique and it stuck. Great name: sumi is the Japanese word for ink.

First open up your plastic folder (clear plastic)
and drop or spray some inks in like so:
Now, close the plastic folder and rub or brayer the ink around, like this
Open up the plastic folder and lay your vellum in on the right hand side, like so:
Close up the plastic and brayer again. Open it, and voila!
There is always plenty of ink left over on the plastic sheets. So do it again. You can make more marks on the paper with stamps by picking up some of the leftover ink. Shown below are roller stamps made with double stick craft foam and wallpaper seam rollers. 
While the ink is wet, and the paper is still on the plastic, try spraying with alcohol or dropping alcohol. That's a neat resist. I love to fold the vellum paper and create a creased pattern that will accept the ink in a different way. You could also crease the vellum after it is dry. You could try other resists as well.
Here: I used one of the pages in my journal. I sewed it in at the top of the page (could have stapled, taped, brad-ed, eyelet-ed, paperclipped). I used a Black Sharpie and a White Sharpie here as well as washi tape from Pretty Tape on Etsy.
Yes, very important to give directions on your journal page, right? Or perhaps, I'd have forgotten ...
Here's a close up of the sewing bit (bottom right)
I hope you will enjoy this simple technique. Let me know if you try it out. I'm looking forward to seeing Melly's and Jane's tutes. There are more coming every day for the rest of the week! Fun, right?

95 comments:

Joanne Huffman said...

Very generous to post such a cool tutorial. Thanks!

Melly Testa said...

Nice Job Diana! Makes me want to get away from this computer and DO this thing. Excuse me while I do.

Michele said...

gotta try that! thanks diana!

Herm said...

Will love to try this technique, thank you for sharing!!!

Jane LaFazio said...

totally fun! gotta try it for sure.

Cassie Shella said...

This looks so cool and simple! Do you think I could try the technique but use a piece of home made paper cloth? My wheels are starting to turn... Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Chris said...

All I can say is: WOW.

Gloria said...

Very cool tutorial! I never thought of stitching vellum into a journal. Daaa ...

Anita M said...

Looks like great fun. Could you do a similar thing with thickened dyes and fabric? Either way, it looks like a great way to get messy!

Jeannie said...

Thank you for sharing this! It looks like so much fun.

sisa said...

I found some kind of vellum paper today and hopefully will try this method very soon. Thank you for the great tutorial and videos!
P.S.: How heavy is the paper you use? Mine says 102 g.

Sandy said...

I am interested in the idea of a white sharpie. I live in the UK and we are only just getting the normal ones over here.
Is it a new thing? and is it available in lots of places? I do have relatives in America and could ask them to look if I could tell them where. thanks,
Sandy in the UK

tina's space said...

great tutorial. thanks for sharing.

iHanna said...

Looks like fun, all the tsunami tutorials are great! Is there a reason why it should be a vellum paper? And could you use watered down acrylic paint - or what is the difference with the inks? I don't think I own any inks...

Wabbit said...

Very cool tutorial, Diana. It looks like such fun that I think I'll go off and sacrifice a clear page protector to the art process! Marilyn

Summerset said...

Is there some special reason it has to be interfacing?

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