Riding the exercise bike to retreat!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Alcohol Inks and Altered Metal

This is what the tree looked like about halfway through coloring with the Alcohol Inks.
Here is the tree with all the colors on.
Detail view of the altered tree.
This week's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge from Studio L3 is the Altered Metal with Alcohol Inks technique on page 56. I actually aquired this little piece last night at my monthly quilt group meeting. We always bring items that are no longer wanted in our own stash to trade and share with someone who might have a use for them. It was originally a photo tree (I have all the little photo frames to alter at another time) and was all just a plain metal color. I added Rust, Ginger and Espresso AIs to the tree trunk and Lettuce and Bottle to all the leaves. The base is Butterscotch and Rust. Decided in the end it would be a good display for some of my handmade earrings. Hope you're all having fun with the CCC. Only a couple of weeks left I think and I still have 3 drawer fronts to go.


  1. This is a beautiful piece of artwork - will look great in your room :)

  2. Oh wow Rachelle this is fabulous, you have done an amazing job my friend. Have a great weekend, Annette x

  3. Outstanding! Thanks for all the pictures taken throughout your progress.

  4. Very cool thing you've done to alter the tree! LOVE IT!!!

  5. LOVE! I LOVE this! Rachelle, you ROCKED this challenge with your gorgeous earring tree. What a brilliant idea and a beautiful application of this technique.

    Those earrings are fabulous, too!