Good morning/evening all! I am a very CHEAP scrapper! For the longest time I was struggling with buying supplies to keep up with this hobby, and have searched for ways to improvise!
So how Cheap am I? Well I have been so cheap that I rarely even buy pop up dots, foam, or anything of that nature. Instead, I just use scraps of cardboard...or sometimes I will even fold up the left over strips of photo paper that I had cropped and use that to glue under my pics for dimension! Now that may be going a little too far, but desperate times call for desperate measure right?! lol
Ok, so my cheap ways have caused me to be so envious of some of your pics when I see tons of bottles of tattered angels/shimmerz mists in the background...I think that at times my mouth literally would salivate at the sight of them! (I get the same way with seeing any tim holtz products in plenty). As you who follow me know, I am a big mist person. Unfortunately, until a couple of months ago, my projects were severely lacking in my eyes because I couldn't afford to keep up with my own demand of inks. For instance, do you remember this project?
I had so many plans for this thing! Unfortunately, I had a small amount of purple and yellow mist...the blue and reds in this are actually chalk that I attempted to water down and smear to make look more like misting. I really couldn't believe I even shared this...but I loved the gate and the overall meaning behind it, which you can find here.
One of these days I will try to touch it up and actually let my cousins have it...
So onto the reason for this post....
In my search for a more cost efficient way to make this craft work for me, I stumbled onto some inks in the art section of my local Hobby Lobby store! Dr. Ph. Martins Bombay inks, they are a permanent, waterproof ink advertised as being perfect for calligraphy, stamping, airbrushing, etc...and are archival safe. So, I decided with a 40% coupon I couldn't resist buying 12 different colors for around $20!
I actually bought both sets and let me tell you, the Black...is truly BLACK, which I don't feel is the case with some mists. Now I still struggle with the red color...no matter the ink to water ratio I can't seem to find true red.
Here I have compared my inks (on the left) to a tattered angels ~heidi Swapp~ set (on the right)
I love tattered angels so don't think I'm trying to show them up...but I do want to show you how these homemade mists really do compare.
The great thing about these is that they are permanent and waterproof, so they dry fast and won't be affected by layering! I absolutely love them. I am now just on the search for a red and some other colors like a neon or lime green.
So there you have it! Check out the actual instructions on how to make the mists over at the Gauche Alchemy blog.
Hopefully, I've given some of you other "financially impaired" artists a way to stretch that dollar!
Thanks for looking and if you make these let me know how much you love them!