February 2014 Darby Smart to DIY for Box: Alcohol Inks — Review

I just wanted to share some action shots of my February Darby Smart to DIY for box which featured a very cool way to use alcohol inks. This is my first time working with them–I’ve seen them in my local craft store but I had no idea what to do with them…so here goes!

I was generous with the alcohol solution.

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Each “run” of ink is actually only one drop.  Crazy, yeah?

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And voila!  My “masterpiece.”  (It’s okay, you guys can laugh)  This is with all 3 colors.  I couldn’t get the full “peacock feather” effect but I love the areas that turned indigo, green and orange!

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At first I thought….man, this is kind of…ugly.  But it’s growing on me!  I’m rather fond of them now.  I even got (honest HAHA) compliments at work for my artsy coasters.  B and I played around—we covered the other coasters entirely.  The drip method was our favorite, otherwise, I just felt like it looked like ink blots.   I did notice that the Mod Podge smeared the colors around a little—I had a tinge of brown on my white sections in the end.  Oh well.

Thanks Darby Smart!  That was fun.  (PS I got my April box in the mail!  Sorry, that project is going to take a while but I’ll be posting my preview for it soon.  Man, I am so late to the party with these DIY boxes lately!)

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