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Rain – an alcohol ink landscape tutorial

Cyndi Lavin, 2018

I'm not completely satisfied with this alcohol ink landscape, but it's my best so far!  I've clearly still got a lot to learn.

I started at the top and let each layer almost dry before adding the next.  Some of the sections (like the middle right side blue), I worked on texture with plastic wrap.  I added small drops of additional ink to some sections to create the pebbled effect.  For the sky, I took an old credit card and dipped the edge in rubbing alcohol.  I think I like the sky and the muted sun the best of all the sections.

The tree was the final addition, after everything was thoroughly dry and I had a chance to think about it for awhile.  I added the tree with a fine point Pitt Pen, my favorite pen to use for tiny details.  Pitt Pens are India ink based.  You could also use alcohol based markers like Permapaques.  I'm still mostly using the alcohol inks that I made myself (tutorial link), but I've also started supplementing with some Pinata inks.

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Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Robbie...that helps! When I compare them to pieces that others are doing, I feel pretty inadequate. But I have to remind myself that I'M A BEGINNER AT INKS!!!