My favorite project on the Cruise with Tim Holtz was this clear photo album. I had tried my hand at painting with alcohol inks before taking the cruise. The medium to make this work is Ranger's blending solution in an aquabrush. Learning to control how much blending solution is used and the effects of the differences takes some experimentation. Tim provided us with a palette with about 6 drops of alcohol ink in each well. I real-ly liked using the palette over the butter dish lid. Having all the colors ready at my fingertips gave a different encouragement to try various colors. A deepest color is often at the top rim of the well. Colors stay liquid only about 5 seconds so the palette can be easily stored and pulled out for reuse at any time. He also provided the Koi aquabrush. I love the long thin tip for both swishing a lot of color for a background wash and for fine details. I prefer it over the aquabrush I had been using. This brush can be filled directly from the bottle and has a small cap to seal the barrel if you want to store it filled. Tim warned that water and blending solution do not mix and can deteriorate the plastic if you mix uses of your brush. The transparencies that we painted are Prima Paintables.
I am not nearly done with my album so to get back into this type of work I stamped some images in stazon ink on transparencies and painted on the opposite side. Here are my results.