First Play

This was my first play with alcohol inks.

I bought a set of Pixiss alcohol inks with 25 assorted colors, some Yupo papers, a couple bottles of 91% Isopropyl Alcohol, and 10 empty bottles with fine metal tips. As expected, the plastic tips on the Pixiss bottles are larger. That’s okay if you make normal size art, but I like to work in miniature.

What I did not expect was the frikkin child protector caps. Push and turn; repeat every frikkin time, even with the black seal rings removed. I am 60 years old. My studio door and supply closets all have keyed entry locks to prevent visiting grandchildren from drinking chemicals or playing with sharp and dangerous tools. I do not need child protector caps on little bottles that require repeated opening while working on a project.

Easy solution: just pour inks into the other bottles. Correction: squirt inks into other bottles, and maybe best to just to squirt a little of the colors being used as there is no going back. The Pixiss bottles are not made to be opened. I tried prying around a tip base with my fingernail thinking that I could wiggle it up and out but those buggers must be press fitted in. DRATS!

Fast forward past initial frustrations and oh my… I really, really, absolutely love these inks!

Alcohol inks do not behave like other inks. The special paper required is a type of plastic. It’s not absorbent.

I spent several hours playing with the inks, exploring the effect of wetting the Yupo paper with Isopropyl first, adding tiny drops later, layering colors wet into wet as well as wet on dry. This is a medium that requires relinquishing control to a certain degree because the inks will do their own thing.

Here’s a little video made to show my cousin what is beyond words to explain.

That drop was first drop on my third… shown below is my first play, alcohol inks on 2.5 x 3.75 inch translucent Yupo, trimmed to ACEO size (2.5 x 3.5 inches).

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My Artist Symbol

WIP: mosaic obelisk.

If you have art in your house and you’re not sure who made it, look for the N and the bird. Of course, that only applies if there is a possibility of the art being mine. 

I’ve used my artist symbol to sign about everything since the early 1990s. It’s become so much me, that’s my signature; it’s even on a debit card. The rare pieces, if some goofball ever declares my work valuable, will be my “early works” signed before it.

My artist symbol of an abstract bird in flight crossing the initial of my given name represents art as the language of the soul grounded by my earthly limitations. Thanks for listening!

How’s that for artist statement fluff?

It is true… art is the language of the soul and we, as artists, try to translate what we experience on a soul level into something visual or another means of expression. We are limited by our ability, tools, talent, skill set, etc.

What is also true… I hated signing my art with my ex-husband’s name. Maintaining an element of peace was more important than my personal identity while parting ways. He thought using my own name, my maiden name, would confuse our young daughter. I just wanted out alive.

I started setting up pages, posting photos of old art, with Art Cards by year. They’re ACEO because I’m willing to trade or sell. Some were on eBay or other sites. I got tired of paying fees to let them sit so I moved them here.

I also started a NFS Art page. Look for Knookie Celebration on there if you want to see something signed before I started using my artist symbol. See how that distracting that is from the art? Maybe it’s just me.

I tried variations back then; played with initials. T became t and took flight as I morphed into a free bird. Yes, I eventually gained use of my own name again but still continued to use my artist symbol. There’s just something about it that feels right. I love when it blends in and becomes one with the art.

Thanks for reading! If you have a backstory on how you sign your art, feel free to share in the comments or post a link to your blog.

Switching Gears

New art supplies are slowly trickling in… has anyone tried this YUPO paper?

It’s waterproof, 100% polypropylene. And, it cuts like plastic. I learned that it will move on me, slide just a bit under the clamp down bar even when I apply extra pressure, when I try to slice it on my paper cutter. Drats! Does that means I have to use scissors?

Plan was to slice 5×7 sheets perfectly in half both ways to yield 40 ACEO size grounds from one 10 sheet tablet. So much for that… couldn’t let a sheet go to waste so I cut it up to fit some dollhouse size frames.

Found a couple old drawings in with the mini frame stash. The one on top is dated August 2012.

I want to go little again. Can’t help it. My favorite children’s book was The Borrowers and I spent hours studying the Carson Miniatures on family outings to the museum when we lived in Colorado. When it was time to go home, they always knew where to find me. Oh, scraps of YUPO might be good for making other little things.

Why do I feel the need to explain or rationalize? I like to make small art. Should I apologize to well meaning friends and relatives?

I hear their voices in my head. Why do you make little art? No one wants that… colossal waste of time.

Time. I’m 60 years old. Does it really matter to anyone but my own self?

By the way, I blew off the mask page as I’m done with that, been done for awhile… finished my chair project, did some pours… alcohol inks caught my curiosity. That’s why I got the YUPO.

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