I found a new line of product recently and I’ve been itching to play! New to me at least. Maybe not new to you – Brea Reese. Beautiful, bright, bold color and I just had to try them out!
I had played some with her watercolor inks then noticed she also makes her own alcohol ink. Yep! I needed to order a couple bottles so I bought six! OK, maybe more than a couple but I needed a decent range of color and the prices were so affordable! And I still had some samples of Yupo paper which is perfect for alcohol inks. So I got right to work! My yupo was already cut into 2.5″ x 3.5″ sheets so think much smaller than you are probably seeing this on your screen. I started with two colors – turquoise and medium magenta. (It’s the only magenta so I am not quite sure why they need to include ‘medium’ but whatever. It’s really pretty.) The first thing I noticed was I didn’t have much control. When using Ranger alcohol inks I know that one drop will come out of the bottle when I want one drop. Control is there and great with Ranger. Not at all the case with Brea Reese. Turn the bottle over in order to squeeze and before you get a chance – liquid shoots out. And the color feathers and blooms differently than Ranger but I like it. A lot! Not as predictable with the bloom and that is a nice difference.
In that top section of turquoise, I carefully dropped in just a little bit of kelly green. Doesn’t look like it – does it? In the bottom turquoise I put just a bit bigger bit – oops! – of the same kelly green. And it looks different. Not consistent. But that’s ok, too. I’m playing and learning.
You can see quite a difference in this photo from the one before. That upper section bloomed and spread till it almost covered the turquoise all up, the lower section was working similarly but not quite as hard. I dropped one bit of cadmium yellow in the center. Looks kind of like a nuclear egg yoke, doesn’t it?
And waited as things spread around. As the color continued spreading, I lost what I had hoped to gain in the blue sections. Some contrast. I was quickly getting too much wet on the small piece of yupo, so I placed a paper towel down over the top and pressed down to pick up some excess color. And got a cool little texture thing going on.
This time I added some cadmium yellow to the top and it quickly morphed into a pretty lime green color.
And a small bit of rose into the lower section was called for.
Yeah, don’t ask me what happened to the rose color because I do not know. Hahahaha! Unpredictable. But I still love the colors anyway. Once this ATC size piece was dry, I spritzed some blending solution in the air above the paper – just letting the solution drift down onto the color. And got a cool speckled effect which you will see better in a project I’ll show you tomorrow.
It’s been a long day here but I’m trying to make a post because I missed one yesterday. We were able to get to the doctor for a steroid shot – they cancelled the appointment without telling us, the insurance company refuses to pay for it, Mark got upset, I talked calmly to the nurses, they were able to stop everyone’s schedule and help us anyway which is saying a lot because they totally use an x-ray machine and a bunch of highly technical equipment to make this happen and we get to pay for it but the nice people cut the price in half for us so the day worked out after all but what a pain. There. Keep those prayers coming because we totally need and appreciate them. Talk with you tomorrow. Love you all!