Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tin Roof & allergies

I wanted to show the results of using alcohol inks on a tin birdhouse roof. It's a tin tile roof with a raised design. It was very easy to do but messy because you can't get into the corners or some low spots with the applicator, so as I said earlier, I took the cotton swab off the applicator and used my fingers to dab. It would probably be a good idea to use rubber gloves! However, I hate wearing gloves for anything, I have to be able to 'feel' what I'm doing. Besides that, until I find new latex free rubber gloves, guess I won't be touching what I have on hand.
I guess after the house is painted and it's put out in the weather for the birds, we'll see how the inks last. I'll probably use outdoor varnish or a spray to protect the whole house and roof when I'm done.

I mentioned in the allergy post that I removed all the erasers from my work areas. However, until getting latex free erasers, one must erase. So I very carefully used the tiny eraser on the end of a mechanical pencil; sheesh.....still got the tingles in my mouth! Night before last I was in the art room and using the computer in there. I have a wireless mouse and keyboard and don't really need a mouse pad BUT I have a darling pad made and sent by a Fairy friend and so I keep it there beside me. After removing the erasers so I wouldn't be touching them, I was still noticing a reaction when I was on that computer or sitting at that table. Not as bad as to the erasers but still a definite reaction. So I went back to the list of latex items to watch for. Sure enough, mouse pads have latex! I took it away and now I feel much better when at that table. Who knew? I've been using that pad for a year!! So sorry, VAL, your pretty birthday fairy mouse pad now resides in the Starock office!!
Do you know that even remote controls have latex? Golly! Do you know how many remotes we have in this house; our coffee table overflows with them!

So here's a few pics of the tin roof. Not sure they really show how pretty it is but you get the idea, if you haven't tried the inks on tin.



3 comments:

Diane said...

This turned out so good. I love alcohol inks--have you ever tried them with the aluminum foil technique?

Emelie said...

OK between you Star, and Diane, have you one clue how that makes me want to try that. I have used them on a ceramic tile also. One could cut the bottom out of a foil pan, Tack it to a board and go with it.

I would love to see a blue bird on that beautiful roof. I think they call that serendipity. Remember those singers? Well anyway a beautiful bird house and you know how I love backgrounds.

I bought a huge wood roundish flatish bowl at a thrift store today and it has no finish.
I can fix that. It will be fun and maybe I think of something for the woman in my quiet quit to do on that plate. She complains about only one dress anyway. She said something in green would be nice.

I am such a short short story teller, We use to have haymow cats and we fed them in foil pans. The kids were little and I told them
that they were space cats and rode in on those pie pans from Piepania. See, very short story.
On your blog. People will wonder!

Laura said...

I like how those alcohol inks played up the designs on the roof, Star. I've never even seen a birdhouse like that! Very creative of you to figure out to use the alcohol inks on it. I've only messed with those a few time. They always seem to get away from me. I think I use them with blank items and sorta free form it. Then it looks like a mess to me. Maybe I need to try it on something that has a raised pattern to it like your roof, so I have somewhere "to go" with the inks. Ya know what I mean?

Oh man that is really rough with the allergy...it seems it's like gluten or sodium, it's in everything!

Funny story there Emelie!!

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