This is alcohol inks (just playing in the studio) and getting ready for the workshop that will be on Wednesday. I haven't touched them for quite awhile.
Some artists (on youtube) use canned air to help move the ink around. Some blow with a straw. I find that I get kind of dizzy if I blow a lot on the straw (others complain about this too) so I think I'm going to invest in canned air somewhere down the line.
You get really interesting effect with moving the ink on glossy or non porous surfaces. The ink doesn't work on paper.
You can use it on Yupo (plastic paper) or porcelain tiles or glass or plexiglass.
So then I took this piece and enhanced it below:
There is something about the abstract quality of alcohol in that draws me toward putting Zentangle® on it. These are Sakura MicroPerm archival ink pens. I may put on more but decided to stop and look at it awhile. I mean you can just go on forever and that might not be the best strategy. The piece is on regular Yupo and is about 10 x 10". It's very colorful and playful.
For these little pice about 5 x 5, I used "translucent" Yupo Paper.
Kind of different effect. I cut out a heart stencil out of Contact paper and adhered it to the Yupo paper to hold the ink in the shape. (It still leaked a little under the edges. You really have to press it down hard.)
It will make a pretty Valentine. Also it can be hung on a window like stained glass. You can also cut apart these abstract designs and make interesting collage pieces out of them!
The paint is not stable so you have to seal it with a clear acrylic spray.