Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Still Playing with Alcohol

I'm really enjoying these alcohol inks.  They are quite addicting despite their unmanageable nature.  I think the challenge is learning how to make them do what I want them to do instead of them taking control.  I know my last post about these inks was rather hurried so I will try to slow down and explain a little better what they are all about.  I stumbled on alcohol inks (brand name Adirondack) when I was trying to find a use for the obscene amount of 4x4 white glazed tiles I have at my disposal.  I thought I could use them for coasters or something of the sort, but hadn't yet found the surface treatment that sparked my interest.  I tried collage, oil paint, glass paint, you name it....it was boring and quite honestly, cheesy.   When I discovered that alcohol inks only work on NON porous surfaces, I decided to give it a whirl.....I was amazed at the vibrancy of the colors and how the movement of the ink on the slick tile surface was rather  soothing.  I even brought my creations to a show alongside my oil paintings and the ink tiles outsold my oil paintings 10 to 1.  Long story short and hundreds of tiles later I am still learning about all of the capabilities of these inks, but I decided to try some works on paper with this technique for ease in framing, and after googling enough times, I found that Yupo Paper is perfect for these inks (don't be fooled by the paper the craft stores sell along side these inks, and glossy photo paper doesn't work either.....Yupo is the way to go)  Here are a few of my creations from today, I like to do these when I'm in a rut with painting or just simply don't have time to start one.


  1. Kristen, you got me trying it , too! But you have
    it nailed! These are great! Laurie Mueller

  2. Love, love, love these things!!! Thanks so much for teaching us how to do these!!!! Hey what about Bristol board for the inks?