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i wore gloves when i made this, now that i’m getting manicures and am generally trying to do things to make myself look more like an attractive member of society instead of a greasy haired, paint covered, miscreant. lol i did this with alcohol ink which stains the fingers and nails terribly and even the manicurist can’t get it off.

i’m finding that a better way to make alcohol ink paintings is to select a variety of colors i want to use, making sure to choose contrasting cools and some complimentary colors.previously i got out all the colors and pull out what might look good. i make bad decisions and end up putting on way too much ink that way. i get carried away.

i decided i love yellow! it’s so dramatic. it goes with more things than you might expect. you have to be careful not to drown it because a nice clear yellow can make a dull painting fantastic. the only problem is that yellow is so light and it needs a white space for a lot of it to be in so the color shows though on the white paper not blending too much with the other colors. you have to choose yellow to go on the bottom layer of ink so that the white yupo (synthetic paper) underneath shows the yellow bright and clear.

contrast is everything with  alcohol ink, or at least for the way i do it. it’s always moving and blending because i put alcohol blending solution on the paper before i put any ink down. the colors don’t mix as well, and i want them mixing more, a lot more, than they do without using the solution. it’s mainly made for cleaning up messes, like the ones on my fingers (sorta helps), thin the ink to make it flow more or act in even other ways, it helps make the white and metallic colors mix up so they’re not thick and don’t just get grainy or sit in lumps.

i’m quite pleased with this one!


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“once in a turquoise moon”

i used alcohol ink to create this little painting. it’s my favorite color scheme. glossy paper, or some sort of non absorbent material,  can be decorated, or used for fine art, like here, using alcohol ink. i painted my glass bong and decorated various plastic boxes, all sort of things.

my favorite way to use it is for fine art. the technique i made up consists of getting out the inks i think i want to use and unscrew the caps. i need to use them quickly so i take them off…not for long so things don’t evaporate. i keep all the rest of my alcohol inks nearby, you never know when you need some terra cotta or wild plum!

you can get cards in this size, something slightly under 4″x6″  that is labeled as  “glossy card stock” it’s all neat and tidy, lovely and pre-made, ie. stupid expensive. but because of the things that make it expensive do for a good reason, so i tend to buy the pre-cut cards. if i was being less wasteful, i would cut sheets to yupo down to about the same size. the yupo isn’t as thick or glossy. photo paper would work, but i think it would be more expensive, or maybe not, if you cut it carefully and didn’t lose much when you cut it.

you can put the ink on the paper and work with it that way, just letting it stain the paper, or you can do what i do! part of what you need when you’re working with alcohol ink, is the alcohol blending solution which can be used to clean your hands or tools, reactivate the ink if you want to work on a piece more. i squirt the blending solution all over the paper and start adding  inks quickly. i tilt it around sometimes, or moving the wet ink around by blowing on it on with a small straw. i can make layers, i make colors that blend on the paper, lots of doing that! every time i add more ink the whole thing starts moving and changing. you can always reactivate it and you can always add more, but the taking away issue is still a big problem. lol so big that most of the time you can’t do  it, but you can think with the solvent and make things lighter.

i really like the way the colors turned out here. lots of layering with other purples, blues, and pinks.


once in a turquoise moon