Cat's Eye in Alcohol Ink

So last Friday, I shared a piece of abstract art that I had created by blowing alcohol inks with isopropyl alcohol. If you missed it, you can see it HERE. A weeks or so ago, I had shared a work in progress; a cat’s eye in alcohol ink. It’s very different from the abstract art!


If you missed it (the original post is HERE), the picture below was taken while I was still working on the Cat’s Eye. The photo at the top is the reference photo; the bottom one is my work.

Cat's Eye in Alcohol Ink

You can see that I still  had the fur to complete, and I was working on the reflection in the eye.  The reference photo and tutorial is from Sheryl Williams Academy of Alcohol Ink. It’s a ‘paint along’ tutorial, where  you download the reference photo, trace it onto your substrate, and follow the video tutorials for painting.  This one is done mainly with Copic markers, and some Ranger alcohol inks.


I worked some more on the cat’s eye, and I’m now calling it ‘finished’! I feel like I could work on it more, but I don’t know whether it would be productive or not. So here it is – I’d love to hear what you think.

Cat's Eye in Alcohol Ink

I know there’s not a huge difference – here’s a collage of the 2 versions, side by side.

Cat's Eye in Alcohol Ink

I learn more every time I pick up a brush or marker. Or in the case of the abstract art, a straw, air blower or bottle of ink. As I said in the abstract art post, you have to just have fun, and enjoy the process. Yes, there’s frustration like with any learning curve (I’ve trashed a lot of pieces, trust me!). But if we didn’t enjoy it, we wouldn’t do it, right?

If you’re interested in learning how to use alcohol inks, there’s a plethora of tutorials on Youtube, as well as online classes you can pay for. However you learn, you will learn! I hope I’ve inspired you to try something new, and have fun!


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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