I just don’t feel like drawing anything today. Hahaha! Haven’t really felt like drawing much in awhile. I have to make myself sit down and do it, but today I don’t feel like it. I do have something great to show you today, though. Something fun and pretty and easy even.
I have been wanting to use more air when working with alcohol inks and I just hadn’t found anything that worked well. Hair dryers blow too much air and I don’t know anyone with an old CPAP machine. I ran across this little Tim Holtz tool in a drawer when I was looking for something else and I wondered how it would work. Here are the supplies I used for today’s project. Three colors of Brea Reese alcohol ink, some 70% isopropyl alcohol in a fineliner bottle, Tim’s Distress Marker Spritzer Tool (totally not what I’m using it for) and some sheets of Yupo paper. I have used photo paper in the old days for alcohol ink and it would probably work, too. Any glossy paper.
I began by dropping some of the blush color onto the paper and squeezed that bulb. Several times. Tim’s tool is meant to hold a marker and when you squeeze the rubber ball – because of the way you set up your marker, air is blasted along the marker tip and pushes color onto your paper. Like blow pens when our kids were little. I just used the tool to blow air gently onto the yupo paper and push the alcohol ink around.
Once I could see that it was going to work, I added a drop each of cadmium yellow and kelly green and grabbed that blow tool.
And before the color could dry I pushed the colors around with the blow tool. Squeeze, squeeze, push, push. Up to this point I just had alcohol ink and air.
I grabbed the isopropyl alcohol and squeezed out a line of it along the bottom and went back to squeezing air.
I need to make a video. I didn’t want to go to all that trouble since I didn’t even know if this would work. Yayayayay!!! It worked! Here you can see how the air is pushing the colors and making little ripples.
And I just kept pushing color until I was relatively happy.
I dropped a little more of the blush color into that area of alcohol at the bottom and I added a little more alcohol around the top of the green and pushed with the air. At this point I was just trying to find a pleasing result.
And I was getting closer. I just kept pushing color and pushing from one area into another. Looking for pretty.
I really didn’t like that dark area so I added more alcohol straight into the darkness and used the blower to move it. And hopefully to lighten.
As the color dispersed I was liking this better.
I even added a little more alcohol and repeated. I was trying to push more of the blush color outwards.
Can you see where I added a line of alcohol at the top over the green?
Adding alcohol and air, I just kept working in that fashion. Trying to achieve something I loved. And I was almost there.
It needed more pink. So I added a touch of alcohol and another drop of blush, then started working the squeeze ball on the air tool.
I was able to really push that blush/pink color a lot! Oh so pretty!
Getting so close! Wherever I used the air, it caused the color to push and form new lines of color. It is amazing to me that I used just those three initial colors and got so many variations in return.
And at this point I decided I was done. Love it – it turned out great! Want to see it dry?
As this dried the colors continued to merge a wee bit. Most notably with that green area. But that’s ok, it was my least favorite part of this anyway! Hahaha! I love how this turned out! I have been wanting to learn how to do this for so long now but didn’t have the right tool. Who knew that a marker spritzer would do the trick! I’ve had this tool for 4 – 5 years and have never used it. Not true any longer! Hahahaha! Will I tangle this? Probably not because I don’t want to mess it up! Hahahahaha! I made eleven other pieces that I will show you soon. I didn’t take a lot of photographs of those so you will probably see all of them in one post soon. Brea Reese Alcohol Inks. I really like the brilliant color I can get with them! And Tim’s spritzer – who knew!