From start to finish - Marble Inks

I'm starting a new theme for some major blog entries ...
"From Start to Finish" I want to blog a few new things and a few old favourites from the start of the craft process to the 'End'.
I'm not one for alot of talk so here is ***MARBLE ART*** (whose process from INK to CARD was ably assisted by the 4yr old Toddle-Fish)


These Inks were a Christmas gift (yippeeee!) so I can't direct you to the source I'm afraid. A set of 6 in scrumptious jewel colours.

An old baking tin - filled with about 2 inch of warm water...
I
have dropped the inks onto the surface of the water - and omitted to take a photo of ME or the child, laying a piece of card gingerly onto the surface of the water over the Inks...

The first piece of paper / card on top of the Inks will 'soak' or attach to the deepest ink colours. If you don't replenish the Inks for EVERY time you lay your paper, the Ink splodge will be pale and diluted...
They don't take long to dry BUT they wrinkle up a bit so you might want to press them in or under heavy books for an hour or two ... AFTER they are dry. A make-shift washing line in the kitchen is immense fun for a 4 yr old AND a 34 yr old...
Okay, so i skipped a bit of the process here and got straight to the card ... I ripped the Ink patterns into a shape and added a little disc of japanese paper and GOLD fabric to give it a be-dazzling / be-jewelled effect!

And I am really happy with how they turned out. Mum and daughter had a great play and Mummy-Fish got a lovely new set of cards.
(Obviously, these are shared with you for inspiration and fun - please bear in mind i sell my work for a living so i stamp my copyright on the finished piece, many thanks x)

Who knows what process i will try from 'start to Finish' next time? Xx

8 comments:

oldbagcrafts said...

Just in time for the school hols - my little girl is 5 and just loves stuff like this - thank you very much for the how to :D

MomentsByMartha said...

i remember doing this with my mum at a similar age...and the amount of fun we had (and mess we made!).

these are lovely! and should certainly sell well if you decide to try.

Kirsty Fish x said...

My little girl is 4 and so sick of crafting already! what have i done???

Arty Allsorts said...

I never managed to get the ink on the paper and the paper out in one piece - just ended up with pretty coloured papier mache!

Alexandra said...

Ooh. Lovely blog entry. My girl (4) and I will have to try this.

debsmuddle said...

Fabulous effects well done

Ku'uIpo said...

this would be so fun as backgrounds for my kiddos sketches...thanks for rekindling the fond memories of elementary art class! +_+

Kala said...

this looks like fun!

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