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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 !!!

 

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Rocking The Blues

imageSapphire moors – as you know I like to create skies by pouring different coloured inks and allowing them to run and blend. I could use the same colours tens of times in succession but each sky will be unique. I love the way this particular sky turned out. I used only two colours of inks through the entire painting but washed through alcohol to lighten them and create the various shades and effects then the moon was painted in with white ink.

Size 5 by 7 inches matted to 8 by 10 inches

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Purple Haze

imagePurple Haze – I like to create skies by pouring different coloured inks and allowing them to run and blend. I could use the same colours tens of times in a row but each sky will be unique. I love the way this particular sky turned out. I used only three colours of inks but washed through alcohol to lighten them and create the various shades and effects then the moon was painted in with white ink.

Size 5 by 7 inches matted to 8 by 10 inches SOLD

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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 ❤️

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Inspired by Betty Krause, Flora Bowley and Tracy Verdugo $450 plus shipping