I have another practice piece to share with you today – I hope you’re not getting tired of them! For this piece, I was practicing textures with alcohol ink. You can create almost endless textures in your work. You can add textures when the ink is dry by either lifting the ink, or you can add ink. When the ink is still wet, you can add more textures by adding or remove ink. Not only that, you can use just about any tool – or create any tool from a found object – that you want!
For this piece, I started by pouring the ink directly onto the Yupo base. No alcohol ink or blending solution – just straight ink pour.
You can use any colours you want, of course! Plus, this is just a practice piece, so you can get ‘funky’ if you want. I stayed traditional – I’m learning, so I like to see how different colours work together. The alcohol inks I chose are all Ranger, with a Copic E89 Pecan marker for the tree trunk.
Add the inks from the left side, with the paper tilted to allow the inks to flow naturally, left to right. Start with Denim at the top, and then Sailboat Blue under that. Don’t worry when they run together – go with the flow! Next is Sunshine Yellow, with Lettuce under that, and finally Botanical at the very bottom.
To fill in any white gaps, repeat the ink pouring, this time from right to left. While the ink is still wet, use a brush to create some textures, and help the ink if you want it to flow in a certain direction.
First, I used my small brush with alcohol to create the small dots on the background hill. Dip your brush into a small container of 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol, and then dab off most of the alcohol onto a paper towel. Next, lightly touch just the tip of the brush to the areas where you want to create the dots. This is called ‘lifting’, as the alcohol is lifting/removing the ink from the area it touches.
To add ink, use the Copic E89 Pecan marker, and draw in your tree trunk & branches. Next, place a small alcohol ink felt applicator to the tool, and add some Botanical and Lettuce inks to the felt pad. Lightly pounce the applicator over the branch areas, adding the leaves to the trees. I used the same felt pad, but removed it from the applicator tool, to add in to the foreground.
For the tiniest dots that you can see to the right side of the piece, and under the tree, I used a micro brush applicator. (I purchased them from Amazon; they’re used for applying cosmetic glue for false eyelashes, or other small applications). Similar to using the brush, dip the micro applicator into the 99% isopropyl alcohol, then dab most of it off on a paper towel. Next, gently touch the areas where you want to lift the ink, to add texture.
This is just a few ways to create texture in a piece of alcohol art. Really, you’re only limited by your imagination. I’m looking forward to experimenting, and having lots more fun! Let me know what you think; I love to read your comments. Thanks for spending some time with me today.
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