I know what you’re wondering. Where have I been? I have been busy with life and taking a break from creating. Just wasn’t really feeling it until the last several weeks. Nothing really new to show, as I have been working on crepe paper peonies for friends. I did take a class at Castle in the Air with Alice Armstrong weeks ago, but did not take a whole lot of photos of the process, except for the final product, an acrylic board book decorated with alcohol inks.
The class was really an introduction to working with alcohol inks, which can be used on non-porous surfaces – surfaces that regular inks cannot adhere to. We used eight sheets of clear thick acrylic to make our four panel book. Using a felt-like applicator, we decorated four of the pieces of acrylic with the alcohol inks to create multi-colored mottled effects that we then applied cut-out images to. Then the four remaining acrylic pieces were sandwiched over the decorated acrylic boards.
Some of my panels I covered over with images. Others, I left semi-transparent, like this one:
We taped up each panel and attached the panels to each other using linen tape.
It was a very interesting class, as I’ve only used alcohol inks once before. I love the marbled/mottled effects you get when applying different colors of the inks. You get a different result each time. That’s the beauty of it.
Have you ever played with alcohol inks? What have you created with them? Please share in the comments.