More Alcohol Ink Tips


Alcohol ink makes some of the prettiest pieces of art! And there are as many ways to use the inks as there are people working with them. I still have so much to learn about these beautiful colors! Today I want to show you how an absolute mess was turned into a wonderful save that hangs on the wall in my studio now.

This piece began with five colors of alcohol ink that I dropped randomly over the surface of my 5″ x 7″ piece of Yupo paper. I had just gotten some new colors and wanted to see what they looked like. Not loving it and not feeling inspired, I brought out a blending tool with a pad attached and started dropping dots of color right onto the tool pad itself.

Next I took the blending tool and started stamping it all over the paper. Sometimes I turned the tool, and I added more colors when I needed them. Still, I was not loving it.

Not letting that deter me, I added more color right onto the paper itself. No blending tool this time. And what a yucky mess I had! There was only one place on this whole piece that I actually liked. What to do next? I hate throwing things away! Remember Dad-ism 101?

Ah! Alcohol. I got my fine liner bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol and proceeded to add some of that to the mix.

Can you make out the squiggly line of alcohol I added? All across the entire paper. And I waited to let the alcohol work and figure out what to do next. It’s a learning process. When one thing fails, try something else.

I liked it better than to begin with, but I still didn’t like it! And there was way too much wet on the surface! So I took a paper towel and placed it over everything and blotted. I mean, what could it hurt? Right? Had I ever used a paper towel with alcohol ink? No. Not ever. Never even thought about it.

I removed the paper towel and just waited for this mess to dry. And when it was totally dry, this is what I had. And I loved it!!! Still do! And it is now in a frame and hanging in my studio to remind me . . . nothing is ever so broken that it can not be fixed. Dad-ism 101. Thank you, Daddy!

Alcohol inks are one of my favorite art supplies to work with and experiment. There are a lot of techniques I do not know yet but I do not let that stop me from playing and having fun!

12 thoughts on “More Alcohol Ink Tips

  1. Brilliant lesson here – turning a ‘mis-take’ into an opportunity. What a super reminder to have on your wall too. Do take care of yourself.

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