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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

En Pointe - an alcohol ink painting and tutorial

Cyndi Lavin, 2018


Just like Fire on High and Tempest, this piece was done using the wet into dry technique with alcohol ink.

Drip your alcohol ink colors onto a dry background and let them dry, or at least mostly dry.  Using 91% rubbing alcohol in a squeeze bottle, add the solvent to one small area at a time, manipulating the running inks with a blower.  You can use a hair dryer (set on cool), canned air, a heat gun (at a distance), or even just a straw.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

A watercolor approach to working with alcohol inks – a tutorial


When you work with alcohol inks using a wet-in-wet technique, you've got less control than with any other method.  At least it seems that way to me! 

Put 91% rubbing alcohol or a blending solution into a  squeeze bottle, and wet your paper thoroughly.  Drip inks onto the page, and allow them to spread for a bit.  Tilt and tip the page to allow the inks to run and blend.  Add more alcohol or solution, and more inks as needed.  Keep it wet and loose until it's blended to your satisfaction.  You could also use either a hair dryer, canned air, a straw, or a heat gun to move the inks around. 

Be careful to use colors that mix well when using this method, or you could end up with a muddy mess. Once the piece is dry, you can reactivate areas that need more work, or you can add small details like the dots that you see near the center.  All that takes is a small brush or cotton swab, dampened with alcohol or a different color of ink. 


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Monday, July 16, 2018

Lazarus Rising – an alcohol ink painting tutorial

Lazarus Rising
Cyndi Lavin, 2018

This piece was painted using the same method as Fire on High, dripping alcohol inks onto a dry background and working on a small section at a time.  Visit the link to Fire on High for more precise instructions!



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Monday, July 09, 2018

Tempest – an alcohol ink painting tutorial

Tempest
Cyndi Lavin, 2018

A piece like this uses a combination of wet and "dry" techniques.  Of course, alcohol inks are wet by nature, but it's possible to add smaller details with a damp brush and the most concentrated inks late in the process.

For Tempest, I started with a fairly heavy application of inks with a brush. After allowing them to dry, I used a squeeze bottle with rubbing alcohol to drip a small section at a time, blowing it with a heat gun.  You can use a hair drying instead.  You can also experiment with using either 91% rubbing alcohol or a blending solution in your bottle.  In some sections, I let the inks spread a bit before blowing; in others, I began blowing right away.  Variety!

The final steps after if was dry was to adjust the color with a barely damp brush.  If you drip out a drop or two of ink onto a plastic palette and let it evaporate, you can reactivate the pure ink sediment with a brush.  In this case, a brush that is barely dampened in 91% rubbing alcohol. 


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Monday, July 02, 2018

Morning Mist – an alcohol ink painting tutorial

Morning Mist
Cyndi Lavin, 2018

Here is another watercolor-look technique you can try with alcohol inks.  First, choose the colors you want to use, and mix up a small batch of each in a squeeze bottle.  You can use either 91% rubbing alcohol or a blending solution to make a very dilute mixture of each color you plan to use. 

Apply the inks, one color at a time to your paper, and use either a hair dryer, or a heat gun to move them around.  Adding the next color will reactivate the dried inks, so be careful about your placement and direction of blowing.  The little dots were adding later with a cotton swab.


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