On NGS group, we're doing a study of Tim Holtz's book "A Compendium of Curiosities", this week's section is Alcohol Ink Agate On Grunge. Start with painting the surface of grunge with acrylic paint and let it dry. (Tim said to use Pearl, but I didn't have that color, so I used Snow Cap White). The purpose of the paint, is so the alcohol ink doesn't absorb into the grunge, but will "float" on the surface.
Apply several colors of Alcohol Ink onto felt along with a drop of Mixative (I choose gold) and stamp the ink over the painted grunge.
Apply some Blending Solution onto the felt and stamp over the background to blend and move the colors. Let dry.
Stamp on image with Archival Ink and heat to dry with a heat tool.
The colors I got, didn't seem as intense as in Tim's book. I wasn't sure if it was more fair photography skills, or if it was the choice of paint in the first step. I repeated the process starting with painting the grunge with Silver acrylic paint (I still don't have Pearl acrylic paint). In the photo below, the one with the white paint is on the left and the one on the right was done with silver paint. There is a difference, choose what look you prefer.Tim says this technique can be done on any surface from fabric to wood.