Alcohol Inks present a new challenge for “Fine” artists.
These inks have previously been used mostly by Crafters, to produce wonderful effects on “background” papers.
But now “Fine” artists are starting to discover and use this medium for themselves, and experiment with the many possibilities that they present.
Alcohol Inks are not for the faint- hearted. Nor are they for anyone who who prefers working in a precise controlled way. Because this medium has a life of its own, and does not like to be controlled. It dries within seconds. So there is no room or time for lengthy decisions on where to put things. The inks intermingle and mix with each other unlike any other medium that I know of.
However, the end results are fun, exciting, unexpected, colourful and truly quite amazing.
They do not work on porous surfaces…So watercolour paper is not an option. But they do work on any non porous backgrounds such as: – Plastic, Metal, Glass and Coated papers…and are especially good on the non-porous painting medium of “Yupo” paper… The results that can be achieved on “Yupo” paper produces great material for cutting up and using as collaged pieces in more traditional art work, and because the colours are so very vibrant, they can produce a depth and dimension to collaged work that would be otherwise difficult to achieve using any other medium.
The Alcohol Inks can be controlled in a very limited way with a brush, if they are used in conjunction with “Rubbing Alcohol”… ( or as it is better know in the UK… “Surgical Spirit” )
I will be experimenting further with this exciting medium of Alcohol Ink throughout 2016.
So watch this space to see where my journey takes me.
But in the meantime, These are just some examples of my initial experiments.