I’m a member of quite a few Facebook groups dedicated to alcohol ink artists and am so in awe of some of the art they produce. Most artists love the way the inks move and merge and react to each other to create fabulous abstract pieces, others paint to create simple pieces that are full of vibrant colours but others take it that step further to incorporate alcohol ink pens like Copic and Spectrum to create absolute masterpieces. Just google alcohol ink paintings or check out Pinterest and you’ll see what I mean.
I prefer to keep it simple although I have dabbled with pens too in creating more realistic paintings. When I actually find some time to do some larger realistic paintings I’ll post them here. The beauty is when you are working small the painting and inks are very portable so you can work anywhere. As they dry so quickly you can always be creative during a quick break. Now it’s cooler in Texas I can even work outside early in the morning or during my lunch break.
I love working with alcohol inks simply because they are so unpredictable and because you can get so many effects. One of the things I like to do is create abstract florals using just a straw, inks and a piece of Yupo. This is the same technique I use for creating flowers on coasters. It’s such a simple process yet you get the most amazing effects.
I start from the outside and work in towards the center. In this painting I decided to use a couple of different shades of green dropped ink near the edge and blew through the straw spreading the ink to the edges.
Once I’ve worked around the entire edge I’ll move on and add coloured inks, sometimes layering a couple of colors
If you want you can also use canned air, the sort you buy for a couple of dollars, to clean keyboards. Just make sure you have a few practice blasts first and watch those curtains😱
I will continue in a circular path until I reach the center and voila you have a beautiful abstract flower. Easy peasy !!!
Sometimes you just create some thing that turns out far better than you expected and this to me, is one of those paintings. I love the way tthe sky looks with all those fantastic pinks and tangerines and moody purples while the temple turned out way better than I could have hoped for. Usually I’ll work with a couple of inks but this particular sky was created using layers of coloured ink interspersed with white inks until I got the effect I wanted. The temple I was going for was the kind you see in adventure movies like Indiana Jones or those old Johnny Weismuller Tarzan movies where the temple has fallen into ruin and is covered in vines. This too took quite a few layers of more subtly coloured inks, covered with white ink then washed with alcohol to create that vine covered look.
A Noiseless Patient Spider – Walt Whiman
A noiseless patient spider,
I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.
And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere
During the last two November storms in Texas I managed to lose a huge portion of my roof. Well not lost it to be precise considering I know that it is scattered throughout our neighborhood but it does mean I have to find a considerable $ amount for the deductible. Hence I’m making even bigger efforts to publicize my art and get some more sold. Shame any money will disappear into the black hole that is a stupid deductible but thankfully any $’s raised will be ensuring I keep a roof over my head. Literally!
I’ve been doing yet another thirty in thirty challenge and admit to cheating on some days. When I create a painting I usually put it away for a while or stare at it on my wall for a few days before determining if it’s finished or not. Alcohol inks afford you the chance to add more inks or alcohol and change your painting or even start over. A couple of times in this challenge I’ve looked back at the paintings I created and decide to “up cycle” them. For example the pink floral in the selection below started as a pink and purple abstract but after a few days of looking at it (and running out of time to create my daily artwork) I took a straw and some Piñata Blanco Blanco ink and created flowers over the top. The inks are great because they absorb some of the colour from before and create delicately translucent petal effects.
I’ve been trying to get a more streamlined professional look to my store. I hate that a lot of people still view ETSY as some kind of flea market craft store and expect cheap products for mere pennies. And while there may be some mass produced, imported, low quality junk in there masquerading as “home made” there are also a huge deal of fantastically talented artists creating wonderful quality artwork. Everyone should check it out.
Welcome to the website and blog of Dallas based British artist Maggie Golinski. Originally from the UK, Maggie Golinski has lived in Texas since 2007. She works primarily in alcohol inks, inks and acrylics as well as resin. She thinks of herself as an intuitive painter, hates a white canvas and loves the vibrancy of colours to be found in nature. Her love of colour means that her abstracts are bright and full of movement. The fast-changing weather of Texas provides the dramatic colourful skies which are the inspiration for her landscape art. Always colourful, often atmospheric and ever changing, cloud formations and the sky are the focal point in her vibrant, energy filled paintings. Vibrant abstract florals and vivid multicoloured canvases dominate her portfolio.
Maggie’s art is available through the Art Studio of McKinney in Texas. However if you are not in the DFW area and would like to know more about any of her paintings or to commission a piece unique to you please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
The second Saturday of each month Mckinney artists get to hang out in Downtown Mckinney on the square demonstrating their art and hopefully selling a few pieces. It’s a great chance to see some fantastic artists at work and an opportunity for those visiting the square to watch art being created. I have some small alcohol ink paintings and prints, some packs of adult colouring sheets as well as some tiny tile magnets and necklaces which I’m hoping to sell. It may feel a little bike a craft store at my table but it’s these small sales that allow me to buy more canvases , paint and brushes to allow me to focus on some larger art works. Every sales means a lot to me and you never know one day I may actually stop being an impoverished artist who can concentrate on just painting. With that in mind tonight I’ve been working on some mini magnets.
They are created from a large mosaic type tile which I’ve cut down into the individual pieces then created simple abstract flowers on them with alcohol inks and a straw in much the same way I created my poppy tile. I had some magnetic Maggie Golinski Art calendars which are now not much use so I cut those up to 4.5cm pieces and glued them on a couple of tiles but found that while they easily stick to the fridge they cannot hold even one piece of paper. Ughhhh! So I’ve ordered some stronger magnets (unfortunately round) so until they arrive I’m allowing the ink to dry for a day or so then I’ll give them a couple of coats of Kamar clear spray before finishing them with a layer or two of Gloss Engine Enamel. Hopefully that will make them a little more durable and protect the alcohol inks.
I’m also going to work on some cats eye necklaces to satisfy the crazy cat lady in me. Waiting on some glass cabochons to arrive before I can start on those but they’ll be added to my collection of cat paw print necklaces which I created previously. Part of those sales will go towards local animal rescue charities with whom I work and support.