Art Supplies for alcohol ink painting

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To work with alcohol inks all you need is some alcohol ink and any surface. Really! Thats it! You can create some great art by just applying the ink to the surface for example Yupo paper and moving them around by tipping the paper or allow the inks to simply flow together to create great effects.

Even if you want to be more adventurous or take more control of the inks you really don't have to spend a lot on supplies. Here are some of the things I find useful when I'm creating art whether it's allowing the inks to do the hard work for me or trying to gain a little more control and painting a little more realistically. [caption id="attachment_938" align="alignleft" width="2592"]image Photo by Lauren Tindall[/caption]
  1. Alcohol inks (obviously 😜) I find Adirondack has a great range of colors but the different packs can vary in the amount of alcohol they contain and therefore the amount of movement you g...
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Skin, fur and feathers

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Alcohol Ink Coasters Step by Step

When I started making decorative tile art I used to just seal them with a gloss spray but when I wanted them to be a little more functional I looked into resins. It's definitely one of those projects where "you can buy these in the store for $35 or make them yourself with $100 of art supplies". Now I have the supplies like the sander and the heat gun the cost is not quite so bad but if you want to make just a few then I recommend going shopping in Macys lol. Seriously though you can create some wonderfully unique art and gifts. And it's fun❤️ After mostly trial and error these are the steps I follow for creating alcohol ink coasters.  Ensure you wear gloves and work in a well ventilated dust free area.  I use ArtResin as the epoxy resin when I seal my tiles and it is pretty much odorless but you still don't want to be breathing it in. There are plenty of other resins out there but I like ArtResin because it's guaranteed not to yellow and I have found mixing it and using it ex...
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