10 Minute Painting - Quick and Easy Wave Painting in Alcohol Ink | Allyson Gometz | Skillshare

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10 Minute Painting - Quick and Easy Wave Painting in Alcohol Ink

teacher avatar Allyson Gometz, Artist | Writer | Educator

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2 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. 10 Minute Wave Painting Tutorial

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This class will teach you a very quick and simple technique to achieve an abstract wave painting in alcohol inks. It is aimed at absolute beginners who are still learning how alcohol inks work and different ways to use them. This painting will help you see how alcohol inks react to each other, how they move on yupo paper with a brush, and how they will dry.

The painting is done in real time, so you can follow along and have your own painting completed in about 10 minutes!



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Allyson Gometz

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to my ten minute painting skillshare class. In this class I'm going to teach you how to paint a super quick abstract wave painting using alcohol inks. I'll cover what materials you'll need to get started and how to make the entire painting from start to finish. Once you make sure your materials are all in front of you, you'll be able to follow along with this video in real time because I'll go from the beginning of the painting to the end, without any skips or anything like that. So you'll be able to do the same. This class is aimed at beginners who aren't super familiar with the way that alcohol inks work, but who want a less intimidating start to the medium so that they can finish a painting they'll be proud of before moving on to some of the more difficult techniques that I teach in other courses. I'm Allyson Gometz, I've been using alcohol inks for nearly three years now, And I absolutely love this medium. Learning how the inks behave, which are unlike any other medium I've ever used before, has been a joy, but also a challenge. So I want to help other people learn to use this medium as well. The rest of this class is just one 12 minute video. So if you're ready to get started on one of these wave paintings, I'll see you in the next section. 2. 10 Minute Wave Painting Tutorial: So today to get started on your wave abstract painting, I've got the materials laid out that I'm going to be using. The first thing that you will need is your Yupo paper. I've cut a size down so that it's not quite as large, just for the purposes of demonstrating this video. But you can use any size Yupo that you want. The next thing that you will need is brushes. In one of my other videos, I said that you don't have to have brushes to get alcohol Ink Abstracts. And that is true. But for this kind of abstract, you have to have a brush. Today I'm gonna be using the largest one. The next thing that I have is I've already chosen what colors based on my color swatches. Now if you haven't swatched your colors, I recommend that you do so because it really helps you figure out which colors you want in your painting. So for example, I actually thought that I might use this Brea Reese Rose with the slate. I was thinking that I wanted a light kinda pinkish color, but then when I put them together, I realized that I don't actually think they look that great even though there's a tiny hint of pink in the slate, It's just not really the look that I want. So I ended up going with a little bit more of a purple with that lavender. And then I decided to throw in the violet in between as well. So I'm going to have this kind of color progression. And just for fun, I might add some pinata brass. I don't know yet if I will, it's just something I really enjoy and all my paintings. So I've decided that it's something I might put in. Just gonna put that off to the side. The next thing that I have is my alcohol, which I keep in these little bottles. It's looking a little bit low. So if you see me refill it during the video, just because I need a little bit more, I should be able to get through it. The next thing I have is a little palette. For this kind of abstract, you must have a palette. I have five clean wells. I haven't cleaned out this one because I might use some of the gold or brass anyway, so I've just I've just left that there for now. But I'm actually going to use this side of it because it's the empty side. So the kinds of inks that I've chosen for my colors all happen to be Copics today, but you can use any kind of alcohol ink that you have, whether that is Copic, pinata, Tim Holtz, the Ranger ones, Brea Reese. I've heard of Kielty, and a couple of others. You can use any of them and they should play well together too. If you've got different brands, hopefully you've seen whether or not they play well together before, so you can make that decision. So now let's get started. One thing to remember with your swatches is that they can be activated again by alcohol ink. So I don't want to get anything on them or else they'll get messed up. So I'm gonna kinda place them out of the frame back here, just so that they're not going to be in the way. So now you need to decide which of your colours you want to start with. So basically, which one do you want going on top of the other? I'm going to start with my lighter color and then I'm going to build to my darker color. So I'm going to start with my lavender, then violet in the middle, and then slate on the bottom. So to do this, you're just going to put some of your alcohol ink into your first. well I hate opening these, I always end up squeezing them exactly when I shouldn't and then getting it all in the cap. Oh, okay. That's good. So you're just going to put a little bit of alcohol ink. in your well. Oh, yeah. I also keep some toilet paper around just so that I don't have giant messages. I like to clean the tops off before I put them back on. Just keeps things a little bit neater. So then you're going to take your brush, you're gonna stick your brush into the alcohol you've just put in your well, and you're going to paint the top of your paper all the way across. Then you're gonna stick your brush in again, and paint it again. Okay Now, one of the things that you should start to see is you should start to see some lines forming. So I'm gonna come back in again and I come from here. I'm just gonna go across, going over it again. So you can really see those lines are starting to form there. Now I'm going to keep doing this until I'm a little bit more than a quarter of the way down. Now, I'm drawing on my desk because I know that the alcohol will clean up with just a little bit of alcohol on it. But if you're worried about your desk then you should put something underneath it, something I kind of forgot about. And now when. we're painting again, you can come from the other direction if you want to. I kinda go from both sides back and forth a little bit. I'm gonna come from here. Okay, so now that my lines are getting close to being a quarter of the way down, I am going to start adding my next color. That is going to be violet. Gonna put it in this well. And then in another well, I'm going to kind of mix them a little bit and then start going back over again. You can see that it's a little bit darker because I've now added that violet in. Okay. Now I'm going to move straight to the actual violet, all by itself. Now, in some places I am purposefully messing up the pattern so that I don't end up with just the same kind of wave throughout the whole thing. You kinda want to mix it up a little bit and make sure you're not following the same exact pattern the whole way through or else you're just gonna have a bunch of parallel lines. I'm trying to make sure that I get it pretty saturated. Sometimes I go back over it again to make sure that I get the whole thing and to make sure that the line shows up. And also if you find that your colors are drying up quickly, you can either add some alcohol to them or you can add a little bit more of the color. If you add some alcohol, it will reactivate the ink, but it'll also dilute it. So then it could end up lighter. If you want the color to continue darker, you can just add a little more, which is what I am doing here. It dried a lot faster than I expected it to. And I'm gonna need some more to mix with the next color anyway. So I'm just going to add a bit more to this well. So I'm just gonna go in with the pure violet still. Now in this section you can see that I left a little bit of white and then I went back over it again and you can see that that is going to cover it up. I tried to go along a the same.... with the same pattern, along the same line. Just as close as I can. And that way I'm going to end up with, you know, without too many extra lines that way. So now I'm going to add my next color. I'm going to pour a little bit straight into that well, and then I'm gonna put it in its own well too, because it won't be long before I need it anyway. Going to clean it up a bit. Lots of people don't take the time to put the cap back on, but I don't want to knock them over. So now I'm going to take the mix first and start going over that. You'll notice that it's a bit darker because I've added the slate to the violet. Going to add a little more slate to it actually to help it start transitioning. Now I'm going to start just doing the slate. And it's going to come in really dark. But I like it that way. So I'm not too worried about it being too dark. And then when you get to the bottom with the last one, you're just gonna make sure that you cover all of the white on the bottom. So you'll notice on drawing on my desk again, but it's going to just wipe up with some alcohol, so that's not an issue for me. Then to clean out your brush, you're gonna put a bunch of empty alcohol into your well. And then you're gonna just swirl your brush around in it. You might have to do this several times until all the alcohol ink is out of it because it's so dark, in my case. The lighter your color, the easier it is going to be to get it out. Okay, so I just wanted to show you guys what the finished product looks like. And so as you can see, it's got a bunch of different lines in it, starting from the light at the top and into the violet and eventually down into the slate. And you can see where I've mixed some of the colors. If I were doing it again, I might maybe do that for a little bit more time to get a little bit more of a blend going down. But overall, I'm pretty pleased with how it looks. So I would place this in a frame. I'd probably put a white one around this. And then you've got your painting.