Monday, 8 August 2011
Getting my Grunge On
I'm not fiercely good at this whole untidy, inky, grungy thing. I think that's why I resist...it sort of spells loads of time inking and blah, and not a lot of productive time. But like most things I start out resisting, I'm a weak willed woman and I've slowly slowly started trying various techniques and products. Now mostly, these products have been of Holtz extraction. My initial resistance was, as many will already know, the seven shades of wee wee that the grungy look required. So of course then all the Distress Inks in real colours arrived and since then I've been a dabblin'. However, until recently, I haven't bought or played with grunge paper. I know. Loads of you use it so effectively and wax lyrical about it. Well, so far, I'm surprised to say that I like it. I haven't made and monumental discoveries of course - that's your job - I'm the follower here. I haven't made any flowers or exercised it's 3d properties yet. But I have inked a couple of pieces to death, stamped on it, embossed it and die cut it...my word it stands a beating. Jennie said in passing how well it responds to the Distress Stains - she's never wrong of course, what she doesn't know about this stuff isn't worth knowing. But she's right! It works gorgeously. Is that a word? I cynically expected it to mop up and use more ink than I wanted it to, just so I had to rush out to buy more. But it didn't. Or doesn't seem too. So, instead, I need to buy every bright colour of Distress Stain to fully explore my grunge-ability. Here's a call to the producers... lots and lots more grunge paper pre-die cut in nice shapes please. Then I don't have to buy 5 intimidating large plain grey sheets. That's a bit of a beef for me - large amount..because at the price, I'm being a bit mean with it. No doubt I'll get over it. Meanwhile...I have fingernails that will not do for hand modelling work. Oh and why haven't I shown you all my grungey but bright works? Posted 'em without thinking of the photo requirement. Don't worry, there'll be plenty more to bore you with.