Monday, December 31, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Grove ~ alcohol ink on Yupo


This may be my last ink painting for awhile. I have some wonderful references I'd like to paint in watercolor next. I'm fairly happy with this one although it could use a few tweaks. I also still have plans to make that video demonstration of alcohol ink painting but that will have to wait until the holidays have passed.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Complicated Landscape~ alcohol ink on Yupo


I spent a lot of time on this landscape because I had an image in mind when I began which isn't necessarily a good thing when working with these inks. They definitely have a mind of their own. You can build up fairly thick layers on the Yupo that can be manipulated with a bamboo skewer or brush, keeping in mind the less manipulation, the better the outcome. I finally received my 18 gauge oiler boiler which I filled with 70% alcohol and reworked the lake area in the foreground more than once to get the effect I was after.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Simple Landscape ~ alcohol ink on Yupo

No ideas for a good title yet but I liked the movement in the sky. No need for a sun or moon this time.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fantasy Forest ~ alcohol ink on Yupo

My latest ink painting. This time I went with a forest scene in vibrant colors to bring the fantasy. Creating the leaves and undergrowth is so easy with my trusty felt stamper.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Xmas Card ~ wax paper & alcohol ink

I've been laying down a few sheets of wax paper to protect my work surface when painting with the inks. Today was cleaning day which included replacing the wax paper which had become wrinkled and covered in dried ink. When I removed the tape that held it in place I realized the patterns that had formed from all the excess ink runoff were beautiful and shouldn't be wasted. I belong to a group of alcohol ink artists on Facebook and many of them have posted images of glass ornaments they have transformed with alcohol ink. Idea! The colors were not only just as vibrant on the wax paper but the crinkled texture was very intriguing as well. I cut out an ornament shape and glued it onto hotpress w/c paper with Mod Podge. I dipped a small sponge in a little of the gold mixative and stippled that around the ornament to create a subtle background. Ta Da! A Xmas card!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Where Sky Meets Sea


I finished this one up today. I haven't had success since but not for want of trying. I created a beautiful background but ruined the foreground of another. And so it goes....

Monday, December 03, 2012

Fire Line

This is my latest ink painting. I just finished it and was reminded of a fire line aka firebreak. I see creeping rivers of fire held back by an open space, devoid of vegetation, while trees still stand in the background untouched.

I created this with various blue inks along with Sunset Orange, gold mixative and plenty of blending solution on Yupo. It never fails to fascinate me watching the inks move, expand and often produce amazing textures with little or no help from me. In fact, the less I 'help', the better the result.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Back to the Inks

I'm back to my alcohol inks and trying a few new techniques. I met June Rollins on Facebook through Wendy Videlock and joined June's AI group on the site. When I saw June's blog (link) I realized that I had seen her work before. She creates the most amazing land and seascapes with alcohol ink on Yupo. June calls them her 'Dreamscapes'. I ordered her DVD and was inspired to start working with more of the Ranger metallic mixatives along with a few new ink colors such as Terra Cotta and Denim.

This particular painting was done with Twilight Purple, Eggplant, Terra Cotta and Ranger's gold mixative. I created the crescent moon with the help of a plumbing and house planning template (link) and a little 70% alcohol on a Q-tip.