Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
After seeing the lovely crystal formations in Aglow, I decided to test out what I could get with blue ink and the same paper. The effect was extremely simple but quite lovely, so I decided to keep it as is rather than muddle it up with anything else.
Snowflakes, 5″x5″ pen and ink and salt on watercolor paper, $222, framed, with free shipping.
Here’s a shot of one of the snowflakes up close.
It’s enhanced well by a very simple black frame.
I’ve put a detailed set of shot of the progress behind the cut, so you can see how the snowflakes grew.
First I drew blue spirals on the paper, taking care with the spacing.
Then, I selected crystals of salt, matching their sizes with the size of each little spiral.
Next, I used an eyedropper to create beads of water over each spiral and salt crystal.
Here you can see where the ink and salt have both dissolved in the water, and the beginnings of the outer crystals have begun to grow. This is a few hours into the process.
And then after several more hours, the beads of water have flattened into pools, and the crystal structures are forming nicely.
Here you can see the crystals here are fully grown, and the piece is pretty much dry.
The sun sparkles off the final piece before framing.
This is where the piece is currently living, with Delirium and a ninja.