I am soooo excited about this Alcohol Ink video series I am going to be doing. I have finally jumped on the Alcohol Ink bandwagon and am having a blast. I have been researching various techniques and tools and have a series in the works. Today, I have a video that shares the basic alcohol ink techniques used to create all 6 of these backgrounds using Alcohol Inks, Alcohol Blending solution and some things I had lying around the house. All the exact colors I used have linked to in the supply list below. I linked them in order of usage in the video but will also specify exact colors used under the photos.
Before I get into my backgrounds and video.
- Work in a ventilated area when using alcohol inks (open windows, turn on fan)
- Wear latex gloves
- DO NOT SPRAY ALCOHOL INKS OR ALCOHOL BLENDING SOLUTION!! – It contains a solvent (resin) which is flammable! You CAN spray regular isopropyl alcohol (more on that in the video).
- I found Yupo paper is the best paper to use when using alcohol inks.
Ok, lets take a look at the video and then I’ll recap below and share still shots of all the backgrounds! You can watch the video here on my blog or over on my youtube channel in HD! If you aren’t a subscriber, I’d love for you to be by clicking here!
I had so much fun playing around and I kept a few of my mistakes IN the video in hopes I could steer you away from making the same mistakes as me!
- Heat Gun WILL work as long as you move it constantly and don’t leave it on the Yupo paper for too long. Don’t dry the entire panel. Just move some of the ink around to create those lines and then let the rest dry naturally.
- Look around your house and see what you’ve got. I used a straw, dropper and medicine syringe.
- Isopropyl alcohol is available everywhere and very inexpensive. I prefer that to the Alcohol Blending Solution.
- Speaking of Alcohol Blending Solution, I use it only when I’m using a mixative as the blending solution contains resin and helps the mixatives move more freely.
- Yupo paper IS the best paper for alcohol inks. Unfortunately, it is pricey so use it sparingly.
- If you don’t like what you created, wipe it off with alcohol and start over or flip over the Yupo paper and use the other side.
- Most of the time, once the panel dries you will fall in love with the results. It’s almost as if the uglier it is wet, the more beautiful it will be dry.
- I work on a board so I can move the inks around by tilting the board.
- Have a dedicated paint brush to use with alcohol inks.
Now let’s look at the photos (in order as they appear in the video):
Technique: Brush, Droplets
Technique: Straw Blowing
Technique: Dropper / Heat Gun
Technique: Alcohol Dump
Technique: Mixative/Blending Solution
So there you have it. Some easy backgrounds created with Alcohol Inks. Notice I used a paint brush in some form on every background! Having a dedicated paint brush for alcohol inks is key… I’ve since labeled it so I don’t mix it up with my other brushes (even though I store it in a different area – you just never know with me)….
Tomorrow, I’ll be back with a guest post for the Foiled Fox and will be using a background I created with an alcohol ink background (not shown here)…. No video on that one because I was trying out a technique, but now that I know it works, I’ll definitely film the process for my alcohol ink series!
Goodies used: (Yupo Paper and Silver Mixative kindly provided by The Foiled Fox)