Friday, 11 May 2012

Trying Something New

Morning peeps.
A new challenge fortnight over at Delicious Doodles' Challenges. This time we're asking you all to come out of that comfort zone with your tried and tested techniques and experiment!
There's a multitude of different techniques out there and I've tried so many of them in the last 2 years that I was a bit stumped as to what to try next.
I settled on trying to make decals to decorate crockery. This post is going to be about what not to do as opposed to "look this works".

I read up on the subject - a lot! One place that made it seem so easy was here Bought the paper specifically for inkjet printers. That's the easy part. Next was trying to source an acrylic spray. Not so easy. I found a spray that says it is acrylic. Specifically Winsor and Newton's Artists' Fixative. OK - it does say for pastel, charcoal and pencil, and it works for them - not for inkjet printer ink though :( Instructions were to use 2-3 coats. Well the first coat made the ink run. Tried less ink. Still no good. Looks like I'm going to have to find a different spray for my digital images I want to use.
This is my sorry attempt at creating these decals. Please, if any of you out there can point me in the right direction, I'd love to hear from you.
The image used is of course from Delicious Doodles - Celtic Raven corner. I needed to keep it fairly simple for my first attempt but wanted it to be an image I liked.

Now get your thinking caps on and show us your new technique. Go visit the other DT members for more inspiration.

7 comments:

  1. This is a very cool technique - I can envision your learning process during this which is what makes these challenges so great. Brave girl and the results are wonderful!

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  2. oh thats realy cool, no idea how you would fix it though sorry, wicked dinner wear though :)

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  3. Awesome piece hun. Wish I could help with the fixative. We used to use hairspray at college, but that was for chalky stuff on paper. What about waterproof varnish?? Not sure if that would taint your food, but if it is only for display then it may be OK. xx

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  4. Fabulous crockery - I really hope you can solve the fixative problem as I bought some of this paper a while back and had totally forgotten about it, but won't bother faffing if it's not gonna work :/

    I was advised to use a light coat of hairspray followed by Plasticote Matt Super Spray Varnish. Don't know if it works or not. Good luck!!

    Claire xxx

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  5. love it, but so sorry can't help you

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  6. This is soooo cool! I'd like a whole set, please. I'm a chicken to try anything too far out of my comfort zone. My main printer is laser so I've no idea where to go or what to do, but this sure looks like it worked to me. Fabulous! xxD

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