The Beauty of Ink

The art challenge for the 17th week of the Documented Life Project was to use ink. The journal prompt was “Before the ink is dry.”

A few weeks ago I was playing around with embossing foil by hand and adding alcohol inks. I covered a notebook with the colored foil and still had a large piece left over which I used in this challenge. First I painted a watercolor background using similar colors as the inked foil.

Then I added in mountains and river cut from the embossed and ink colored foil. After gluing the foil in place, I added some extra color and metallic shine to the watercolor background with metallic gelattos. Photographing foil is difficult and the beauty of the ink on the foil doesn’t show well in this picture.



I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was fun. I was looking at my daughter’s sippy cup that had a monkey on it, and I decided to use that shape for my page. I drew the monkey then zentangled around it with different colored sharpies. I used a pencil to add shading to make the monkey look slightly raised or indented depending on how you look at it.


The kids chose pictures they made the night we played with marking pens and rubbing alcohol.

My Princess:



Ninja Boy:

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