22 April 2007
I tried this weathered metal technique again, using Adirondack's alcohol inks this time. I like the result much better. I was so excited to be using my inks for the first time that I forgot my initial sanding, but I don't think that mattered any. I think the point of the sanding is to give the metal some tooth for the paint/ink to stick to and the Adirondack inks are made for non-porous surfaces, so that wasn't a problem. I wish I'd forgone the final sanding too. I wonder if I'm using the wrong kind of metal foil tape? The brand is right, but mine has a crinkly texture whereas some of the others in the technique folder seem to be smooth. Maybe that's the problem ... I don't know; I'm having fun and learning a bit, so that's the important thing!