Monday, February 27, 2017

A stencil from Daiso and Green Ink

Today Mom had some blood tests, and hopefully they get what they needed to start the new chemo soon.

I had a short day at work, and felt like buying something random so I went to Daiso.

I've figured a trick to start the Red car, now that I know it wants to stall, but it's letting me know that soon I won't be able to do that, so I don't like to make too many trips.

I bought some artistic papers and things and gifts.
Mostly I just wanted to get out of the house.

One thing I saw that caught my attention was some paper for absorbing oil from fried foods.
It had an interesting texture.

Another thing I found was a flowery plastic mat for draining dishes.

It was just the size of my 9x12 sketchbook page.

I thought it would be really nice to make a stencil.

One side is perfectly flat and the other has nubs, to allow the dishwater to drain under it.

I laid the flat side onto the paper, but in retrospect I should have had the nubs down.

I sprayed it with different inks and a little powdered pigment.

I had ink almost the same color as the mat.

Here's when I realized I should have laid the bumps face down onto the paper and left the flat side up:
It was perfect for making a reverse print!

I pressed a piece of card stock (dull side down) onto the wet mat:

Of course, the little bumps made it hard to smooth down the paper.

It still made a really cool print!

The mat still had a lot of ink left.

I pressed a piece of the oil-absorbing paper on it, too.

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