Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Create an Acetate Overlay Frame

Beatrix Potter would have been 150 years old this year, so I decided to mark the occasion with this overlayed framed picture.

To create the overlay I used alcohol inks onto an acetate sheet. I wanted to be careful to frame the picture, so I traced around the outline of the key points of the photo. Because the alcohol inks go on the back of the acetate, I flipped over the tracing.

The picture is now in reverse

Place the acetate over the tracing and hold in place with masking tape.Alcohol Inks give a random pattern especially when used with blending solution. I used an ink blending tool and added a felt piece, select the colours you wish to use then dab them onto the felt in your chosen pattern. Add a drop or two of blending solution so the colours blend together.

You can create patterns for flowers, leaves anything you can think of.

The colours blend nicely with the blending solution and give random effects, some are nice some maybe not so good ! You can always wipe away any parts you do not like with some solution on a clean cloth and gently wipe.
You can use the same colours, the same photo and it will come out very different every time.
When you are finished and the inks are dry remove the tape, and turn the acetate over and place it ink side down over your photo.

Did you spot the little Peter Rabbit I added ?

I hope I have inspired you to create some overlays. They are fun and easy to make.

Don't forget to add your art work to this months challenge, Recycle with a twist of using metal. Everyone of all experience levels is more than welcome to take part.
Most of all Have Fun ! I look forward to seeing your creations.


  1. Love your piece Jannet! Stunning technique! Will give it a go!

  2. This is fabulous and what a great technique.
    xxx Hazel.

  3. What an amazing technique Jannet, love how you have painted on the acetate and the bunny is adorable, thank you so much for sharing it! Deb xo