Hello my crafty friends and happy Sunday to you! I hope you are having a great weekend so far! I hope you had the chance to read my post yesterday about theDazzle Caddy and how I organize my Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks, because today I am sharing with you my very first experience using these inks.
Alcohol inks are nothing new, and, in fact were initially introduced into the crafting world more than 12 years ago, but, they are rapidly becoming the hot "in" craft product again thanks to new techniques and popular YouTube videos.
First, let's start with some of the basics:
What are Alcohol Inks?
Alcohol inks are acid-free, fast drying transparent coordinating dye inks specially formulated to create a colorful, polished stone or marbleized effect. They are best used on glossy paper, dominoes, metal, shrink plastic, glass, and other slick surfaces. Mixing colors can create a vibrant effect and the possibilities can only be limited by what you are willing to try.
The most popular alcohol inks are the ones advertised by Tim Holtz and marketed by Ranger. For beginner crafters, I would suggest starting with alcohol inks that are sold in packs of 3. They are more economic and there are several color combinations you can choose from. Once you get more comfortable, and, if you decide you enjoy working with the alcohol inks, you may want to play with more colors and Ranger has a huge variety of colors sold in individual bottles.
Adirondack also offers "Metallic Mixatives." These come in gold and silver metallic colors and are opaque unlike the traditional alcohol inks. Adding them to your alcohol ink projects gives them a beautiful marble like grandeur.
You will also want to purchase an Alcohol Blending Solution for your alcohol inks. Alcohol Blending Solution has 3 main purposes:
What is Yupo paper?
Yupo paper is a unique alternative to traditional art papers. It's a synthetic paper, machine-made in the USA of 100% polypropylene. It is waterproof, stain-resistant, and extremely strong and durable. This extraordinary, non-absorbent surface resists tearing and buckling and remains perfectly flat, eliminating the need for soaking, stretching, or taping.
Watercolor professionals have found Yupo to be receptive to a variety of aqueous techniques like alcohol inks.
These are the alcohol inks I used for my first experiment on the Yupo paper:
First, I randomly dropped the lightest color (Aqua) on the Yupo paper:
Then I added drops of Cloudy Blue:
Next I added drops of the two darker ink colors - Denim Blue and Cloudy Blue:
Then I dropped Alcohol Blending Solution over the entire sheet of Yupo paper. It doesn't look so pretty at first, but then you actually see the magic happen!
Lastly, I dropped Silver Metallic Mixative over the piece and blew the wet ink around with a regular drinking straw until the pattern was pleasing to my eye.
The end result is quite stunning, right?! I LOVE these inks! They have such a unique effect and I have never been able to create anything like this by using any another medium. Here are a few other color combinations I played around with:
This teal one with gold metallic mixatives is my favorite!!
I am certainly no expert when it comes to alcohol inks and I know that I still have much to learn, but I'd encourage you to give them a try. The end results are really quite spectacular, but. . . you'll have to come back tomorrow to see my finished cards!
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
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