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!
WORK IN PROGRESS
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.
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.
COMPLETED CAT’S EYE IN ALCOHOL INK
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.
I know there’s not a huge difference – here’s a collage of the 2 versions, side by side.
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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