Hello there! Day 4 is finally here! They had some technical difficulties, so the class wasn't available until around 10 am! I was being manic about checking the page to see if it was loaded last night until I gave up and went to bed (thankfully!) and then this morning until I finally saw that beautiful "Day 4" logo.
Today we learned about caring for out stamp pads and Reinkers. I bought 4 reinkers especially for this class, so I'm new to it all. My oldest stamp pads are only a year old, so I didn't think I needed them yet... But now I'm hooked and want more, more, more!
Here are all of my creations from this lesson:
|Left is the Custom Stamp Pad, Middle is the Layered Misting, and Right is the Watercolor with Reinkers.|
|These 2 1/4 inch squares are for a display to put on my wall that I'm making of all the techniques. g) Layered Misting, h) Custom Stamp Pad, i) Watercolor with Reinkers.|
Once again, had some supply issues, which I was very nervous about, but I worked through it! With the 4 limited colors, I wasn't sure how varied my looks would be, but you can see, each technique does something very different. I also wasn't sure if they would work well together... but I need not have worried... like Tim says... pretty much all his colors work together.
My biggest issue was that I don't have any Cut N Dry felt. It's been on my wish list for months (since I saw another video where Tim made a custom stamp pad). I found a hint on youtube from Stampin' Up demonstrators (don't do any Stampin' Up products, but sometimes I watch their videos to get ideas) to use baby wipes. So I built up a little pile of about 8 to 12 layers of wipes (just folded and stacked) and followed the directions that Tim gave us. It worked very well. I'm sure the Cut N Dry felt would be much more precise, the ink spread out on the wipes a little more, and the felt pad would last much longer... but as a way to do it cheaply and quickly, the wipes were wonderful! I even saved them in little baggies and will try to use them another day and see how it goes. Here's a picture (taken about 5 hours after I made them:
I didn't have nearly enough mini-misters, (only 3 and 2 are in use already) so I used travel sized squirt bottles from the dollar store. They did the job, but man-oh-man, now I see why the mini-misters are so much better. I used a mini-mister to measure out my water and pour it into the squirt bottle. It only went about a 1/4 of an inch up the side of the bottle, but I wanted to keep the same measurements that Tim used. Then I sprayed it on the tag... and it covered almost everything else on my work station, too... It was WAY more liquid than a mini-mister and less precise. I used paper towels to build a little wall on all my subsequent squirts.
I loved the watercoloring with reinkers! I've never been big on watercolor before, but it was a lot of fun and I loved the varied tones that I could get without much effort. I bought the pallet and waterbrushes ahead of time and enjoyed working with them a lot. [edit: just realized that I was supposed to use watercolor paper and I just watercolored right on the manilla tag... worked great anyway, but now I'll try some watercolor paper, too! ooops]
Alright, well, that wraps things up for today! See you tomorrow for Stains!