Alcohol Inks Techniques: A Beginner’s Guide
The creative Carla Bagshaw is back with another colourful project to inspire you to unleash your artistic side! A lot of beginners to art can find the prospect of creating a painting intimidating – especially when it comes to using supplies you may never have even tried your hand at at school – like alcohol inks! But actually, they’re nowhere near as scary to use as you might imagine, and can help you create the most amazing blooms of colour, that are immediately ready to be hung on your walls, as homemade home decor. Check out Carla’s tutorial below, and discover the easy alcohol inks techniques she uses to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Time to Make: 40 minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
You Will Need:
- Alcohol Inks in various colours
- Plastic shot glasses or ink palette
- Teat Pipettes
- Yupo Paper
- Isopropyl (91% rubbing alcohol)
- Hairdryer with low setting (or a straw if you prefer)
Alcohol Inks Techniques for Beginners Tutorial:
Abstract art is one of my most appealing forms of art. I love looking into it and seeing different things. Here I’ll show you how you too can use alcohol inks techniques to create your own abstract masterpiece.
Pour out small amounts of alcohol inks into plastic shot glasses (these inks stain, which is why disposable pots are needed). In an extra pot, put a small amount of Isopropyl. You will need a different dropper or pipette for each colour that you will be using.
When you are ready, drop a very small amount of alcohol ink onto your Yupo paper. This is a specific type of synthetic paper that is incredibly smooth, so the ink runs and does not bleed into the paper, giving extraordinary results.
Use your hairdryer on it’s lowest setting or use a straw to disperse the colour outwards. Take a small drop of Isopropyl and drop it onto the ink you have just spread; again, use your hairdryer and move your paper to direct the ink and alcohol in the direction you want it to go.
The alcohol will almost bleach and change the colour of the original ink, so the colours and blooms that you get are amazing.
Add in different colours and keep dropping alcohol on, so that the colours keep changing as you blow them and direct them around the page.
When you are satisfied with all of your blooms you can choose to add some metallic ink if you have it. Just do this in small areas; it tends to work better in more central areas in the image.
Once finished, allow your image to dry thoroughly and then mount and frame it, ready to be hung.
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