Third time’s a charm… bit more intense, too. Alcohol inks on heavy 144 lb (390 gsm) Yupo paper, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

The weather turned so it will be awhile before I can play with the inks again. Yes, I read labels. A lot of art mediums are toxic. I haven’t broke out the gloves yet, but I do open windows and avoid smoking while working with liquids that have flammable fumes and low flash points. So does nail polish remover, but I don’t get lost and spend hours zoned into doing my nails like I do when I’m making art.

Okay sister, roll your eyes. She knows I don’t bother with girly primp n’ shit. It’s a waste of time. Painted nails on me get chipped to hell and back within 24 hours.

Well, I should get busy. Enjoy your day and thanks for reading!

2nd Play

My second attempt playing with alcohol inks started by wetting the ACEO size Yupo paper with Isopropyl Alcohol before tinting the entire surface with one shade of blue ink with a Qtip aiming for clouds.  Adding drops of more Isopropyl continued splitting the blend of pigments, bring out the purples and a hint of red. Yeah, that blue was obviously not a primary. 

Simple landscape. Spice, a yellow over blue. Can I make a tree? No, looks a face, play with that… come back into dry. Oh yeah, I really like the alcohol inks. They dry fast, dissolve in Isopropyl, and yield some cool effects.

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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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