Old news: Lisa passed around her calendar for members to sign up for a Mentoring day in October
New business: We haven't had a show in quite a while. Libraries may be willing to host an exhibition, or display advertising for us. Call your library for scheduling etc. Helen - a small gallery in Cheshire (Union) is looking for artists to show work. Mike Warner - the Peace exhibit returns to the Clover Center in Brighton for November
Presenter Jaci Ayorinde noted that she was among good people at our meeting, explaining that calligraphy is a noble practice, and calligraphers tend to be noble people.
Jaci showed examples of her experiments in Ice painting.
To do the technique, she dampens watercolor paper (140# hot press) and lays it on a sheet of plexiglass. 20-25 f produces the optimum crystallization. Next, drop inks (Higgins, watered down) spray lightly, and allow to freeze. The colder the air, the faster the water freezes, and smaller crystals form. Watercolor paints do not work; when the ice melts, the paints become wet again and the crystallized effect is lost. That said, each piece is an experiment. *Higgins inks are waterproof.
Alcohol inks: Pigment in an alcohol base. Apply to the back side of photo paper or Yupo (plastic,glossy, comes in a variety of types - heavy, light, translucent...), ceramic tiles, and other non-pourous surfaces. Inks will stain clothing and skin so plastic gloves and an apron or smock are recommended.
To begin, put 2-3 drops of alcohol ink in a small cup and dilute with 91% pure isopropyl alcohol. Dribble, dump, or apply with a brush onto your chosen substrate.
Isopropyl alcohol is a solvent and can be used with a brush or cotton swab to lighten and blend inks.
Commercial blending solution makes the ink shiny, possibly tacky. Jaci recommends spraying finished pieces with a clear coat for durability.
More tips and tricks: A hair dryer may be used carefully to speed drying and move ink around the paper. Alcohol markers (clear) can be used to blend colors and lighten specific areas. A Signa Uniball white gel pen works well. Additional accents can be painted later. Feel free to cut interesting bits to use on cards and other creations.
Rei noted that this is less messy than paste paper and dries faster. Ask for Jaci's simple recipe for a blending solution that is less toxic and considerably less expensive than the commercial stuff sold at craft stores.