Friday, August 8, 2008

Destressing Acrylic

Credit: Irene Tan

Ready for more fun with acrylic? This is a technique that I've experimented while I'm doing an assignment for "My Acrylic Album". This technique can only be done on thick quality acrylic such as the ones manufactured by "My Acrylic Album".

Here's the steps to it.

1) First of all, stamped some images using embossing ink on your acrylic embellishment or pages and later heat emboss it with some embossing powders. You can absolutely use any colour of embossing powders. You could also heat embossed the edges of the acrylic embellishment.(Tip: try to use a colour that coordinates with your colour theme of the page. There might be some messiness while you try to tilt the extra embossing powder away. Just use a dry brush and lightly brush them away.) (Caution: Not to overheat your acrylic during embossing. Try to keep a little distance between the heating tool and your acrylic. The acrylic will bend a little after heat embossing but it will return to normal when it has cooled down.)

2) Then, drip a few drops of alcohol ink on it and spread the ink around the embossed image with a brush. You could drip some blending solution to thin the alcohol ink and ease the painting process. Then add another colour of alcohol ink on to it and also more blending solution. Try to do this until you get the colours and the effect you want. (Tip: try not to paint on top of the embossed image for more than once or twice as it will remove the embossed image from the acrylic.)

When it dries, you will get a very cool distressed acrylic piece to work with.

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