Tips for Painting with Alcohol Ink

There is a lot of popularity around alcohol ink nowadays because of the beautiful effects you can achieve with this medium. The alcohol ink is made up of alcohol and pigment as the name suggests and you can add more ink or alcohol to the painting to revive it at a later date if the painting has not been sealed. It is a little similar to watercolour paintings.

You need to use non-porous surfaces with alcohol ink. The ink will glide around on the surface and allow you to create different designs and patterns. You can easily create a marbling effect with the alcohol ink or do swirls or blotches. It will behave differently on more absorbent surfaces; you can try different surfaces to see the effect it has. There are many suppliers that offer alcohol ink online. If you have only heard of this trend and want to try your hand at it, you can purchase several alcohol inks to experiment and figure out your style. There are so many ways that you can use alcohol inks. But first, you need to find the right materials for it. First, you will need to purchase some alcohol inks and you can actually purchase a set as it can be cheaper than buying them individually. You can start with a set of 10 colours so that you have enough to experiment with. Check out the reviews of a few brands to get started. You will also need a blending solution that allows you to create gradients and lighten colours. You will then need a painting surface as normal paper will be too absorbent for this. You can also get some permanent markers, hairdryers, straws etc. to decorate the painting afterwards.

You will be able to create beautiful colour gradients using a hair dryer or ink air blowers. The downside with using straws is that it can deposit some moisture onto the painting. However, if you are using a hairdryer, it has to be in the cool setting. You have to do the painting in a ventilated room or if this is not possible, you have to use a breathing mask that comes with a fitted air filter so you don’t inhale tiny bits of pigment when alcohol evaporates. You have to choose a smooth and waterproof surface to apply the alcohol ink so that it doesn’t absorb the pigment. And with a smooth surface, you will have better control. There are special paper types that are non-porous and acid free. You can even wipe the paper clean as it is made from polypropylene.

When using the alcohol ink on fabric, you can create more or less a tie-dye effect. With higher concentrations, you will be able to create vibrant designs with saturated colours. If you are looking for a more muted colour theme, you can use diluted inks. You have a lot of control when it comes to using alcohol inks and you will be able to use a spray bottle or a stencil to create cool patterns. You can use this ink on metal as well because it is a non-porous surface. You can try aluminium, stainless steel, brass etc.

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