I’ve lived in my house for 20 years and for 20 years I have had bland ol’ stairs. For a long time I’ve toyed with various ideas to dress them up and since I work primarily in fused glass, that’s what I longed to use for the stair risers. However, the prospect of foot traffic and heavy appliances potentially cracking any glass art that I put on those risers dimmed my hopes. Then came my GF Pyretta and this concept came to me! I used alcohol inks on photo paper to achieve this look which is nod to the gorgeous sugar maple right outside this front door.
This used to be a relatively dim area, but is really bright now! Next project is the lower stairs which are really dark.
My mom just sent me a FB link to a bunch of cool stairs. Yours are awesome.
Mine have carpet. I’m trying not to let myself contemplate ripping it off to do something like this.
Please tell us more about the alcohol inks on photo paper! With fall quickly approaching I can think of all sorts of leaf projects. What a wonderfully creative and beautiful project.
Alcohol inks are really easy and fun to use, just make sure whatever paper you use is acid-free such as photo printer paper. There are Facebook groups dedicated to alcohol inks that have been very useful for learning. I struck out in my own direction by using my Glowforge! I started with a color palette of reds dripped on a sheet of photo paper which I then cut with the GF using the below .svg file. I copied and pasted the image multiple times to get as many leaves as possible out of the sheet.
Hope this helps!