I experimented briefly with alcohol inks in the past using the Tim Holtz stamper and really enjoyed the abstract patterns it produced, but didn’t ever take it further. Recently I’d come across some artists who were using alcohol inks in a more traditional way – i.e. using paintbrushes and other tools – to produce slightly more controlled paintings while still enjoying the naturally serendipitous effect of the medium.
So I decided to give it another go! Last week I placed an order online for some additional inks and they finally arrived yesterday so I was able to get started on some warm-up pieces:
The top painting is on Yupo paper and the bottom is on encaustic painting card.
While these are both a bit more abstract than I’m ultimately aiming for, I’m quite pleased with how they turned out!
I’d never heard of Yupo before I started looking into alcohol inks again, but it seems to be quite a popular choice. Yupo is 100% recyclable, waterproof, tree-free Synthetic Paper and seems to be used quite commonly in packaging, although has been adopted by artists too. It’s used mainly with watercolour and acrylic and you can buy it from SAA (via Amazon or direct) or Jacksons Art (the product is called Lana Vanguard). Its main features are that it doesn’t buckle even when very wet and you can wipe it back to white if you aren’t happy with your end result!