Keeping it Simple

imageI'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.
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Straws and inks

imageI 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. imageI 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. imageOnce 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😱 imageI will continue in a circular path until I reach the center and voila you have a beautiful abstract flower. Easy peasy !!!   image
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Temple of Peace

imageSometimes 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. Size 5 by 7 inches matted to 8 by 10 inches To see this painting in my store click here        
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Poppy fields

My obsession with poppies continues. This painting was created when I couldn't decide what to do with a painting that was "too busy" and toned it down by outlining poppies with acrylic paints. I love the way it turned out ❤️ [caption id="attachment_1183" align="alignnone" width="3032"]image Inspired by Betty Krause, Flora Bowley and Tracy Verdugo $450 plus shipping[/caption]
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Morning has broken…gossamer threads

image 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
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The Roof Fund

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! image
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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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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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