Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Alcohol Ink Galaxy with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Here's the last video in my series of experiments with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse to create galaxy backgrounds. This is my favourite! I was thinking about how much I liked the splotchy-ness of the ink-smooshed galaxies I've seen others make with watercolours. Plus, the black ash Nuvo Mousse is actually a grey. I really wanted try a galaxy with a true black top coat.

However, when you use a water-based ink or paint beneath and a black water-based ink or paint above, it can re-activate the bottom layer and you get mud. Nuvo Mousse works on porous surfaces, but dries permanent. However, it makes the surface non-porous, so you can't put water-based inks or paints on top. There's the aha moment! Alcohol inks will work on non-porous surfaces. So, I decided to put black alcohol ink on top!

This is how it turned out. It looks so neat! The alcohol ink leaves a shiny finish, especially where it is thicker. It looks like the paper is still wet but it's not. In person, it looks almost like a photograph because of the glossy finish.

I haven't made any cards with this piece yet because I don't want to cut it up! I did buy a great rocket die in a set so that I could make things with my experimental galaxies. Perhaps, this piece will find it's way to the front of a card sometime.

Click through to my video on YouTube to see my process for making this background.

(I did try one other technique that I did not film: spritzing black ash mousse through a mini-mister. this created a soft but even cover of the grey mousse on the top layer. I prefer to see splotches of colour coming through more vibrantly in my galaxies.)

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