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Creating Abstract Fluid Art with Alcohol Inks

Tiffany Egbert, Designer, Photographer and Artist

Creating Abstract Fluid Art with Alcohol Inks

Tiffany Egbert, Designer, Photographer and Artist

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11 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Project 1: Supplies

    • 3. Yupo Paper Setup

    • 4. Method: Straw

    • 5. Method: Heat Gun

    • 6. Method: Heat Gun 2

    • 7. Special Inks

    • 8. Project 2: Supplies

    • 9. Prepping your Canvas with Resin

    • 10. Creating your piece on Canvas

    • 11. Conclusion

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In this class we will be learning all about alcohol inks and be creating some really beautiful abstract fluid artwork together


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Tiffany Egbert

Designer, Photographer and Artist


Hello there! My name is Tiffany Egbert and I am a Phoenix Based graphic designer, photographer and maker. I love designing infographics, shooting fashion and food photography, and any and all fiber arts. I started doing macrame this past year and completely fell in love finding it to be super therapeutic and a wonderful form of creativity that for a change did not involve using a computer or machine to create, just my hands! Since then I've also fallen in love with weaving and fabric dying. In my free time when I'm not making things I love doing yoga, vintage shopping, and fancy dinner parties. 

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1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Tiffany Hebert and I am an artist in this class you're going to be learning, although holdings will be creating a really beautiful start harbor together and some of the projects literally using our breath to great artwork, just pretty magical. And I really does become kind of like meditation. It's a great exercise and just let it go. You can learn techniques and have skills, but at the end of the day, a lot of it is up to what he wants to. So we'll be doing some smaller pieces, unable paper and that should you how to create a larger piece on Canada's West. This is a process I truly believe anyone can do. So if you are looking for Creative Outlet CEO 2. Project 1: Supplies: all right. Before we get started, we're going to need together a few things. For first Project will be working with you Pull paper, which is a really cool paper That's great for alcohol inks and other food artwork, because it's not porous, so the ink isn't going to soak into the paper. It'll sit on top of paper and be able to move around. You also need to gather your inks, whatever colors you want to pick out. I'll kind of show you as we move through the projects. Different color palettes I'm using. Mostly, I'll be using Ranger Brand and also some pinata inks. But it kind of depends where you're at what you'll be able to find locally or online. There's definitely other great brands out there. We'll be using a heat gun and a straw for different methods of moving. Think around on the paper. You'll need a paintbrush, maybe a little sponge brush to um, and then you're isopropyl alcohol. A cup to put your alcohol in and then just stuff to, um, protect you like gloves. Thanks will stay in your hand. So it's great to have gloves. You might want to consider a mask, especially when you're using the heat gun. And then we also need a little bit of Scotch tape, um, paper towels to clean up and something not pictured here. I'll be using a baking tray just to catch the inks, um, on the pieces that are a little bit more liquidy. It's a great idea you also might want to think about. Maybe you want to put down a plastic tarp or a piece paper to something to protect your workspace. Another thing to consider. You definitely are going to want to do this in a very well ventilated area. So just a room that you can open up a window would be great. Just you're not inhaling those alcohol fumes. 3. Yupo Paper Setup: So I just wanted to show you my basic set up. When I am working with you. Put paper, I use a baking pan just to collects all of the excess and can alcohol. And I'm going Teoh, take a piece of my paper. I'm just gonna take my scotch tape and stick the paper to the trade so the tray will collect all that excess, but also because I tend to cover my page completely and ink, um, versus some people that kind of just stay in the middle and leave a lot of white space. Uh, this method is nice because I can pick up the trade and move the ink around on the page without having to actually touch the paper. 4. Method: Straw: all right For this method, we will be using a straw, which is definitely one of my favorite ways to create because you're literally making artwork with your breath, which is pretty special. Um, this is going to create a softer look. Then he gun. And, um, it's definitely a more meditative style of creating art for sure. Especially as you're connecting to your breath as you're kind of moving things in a place. So I'm gonna be using four colors for this project. All Ranger brand watermelon, Daniel line shell pink in raspberry. And I'm just gonna dot some ink onto my page and two different colors. And then I'm gonna take my alcohol with my paint brush and just kind of like drop it onto those ink spots just to make it more liquidy on the alcohol. Also kind of the loots it a little bit. And then I'm gonna take my straw and just kind of blow towards the edge of the page so you can kind of see the two colors are overlapping in the middle and mixing a little bit. And for this project, basically my goal is to just cover the whole page and Inc. Ah, lot of people like Teoh kind of stay in the middle of the page and, um, you know, play with white space, which is awesome. You can definitely try that. Especially if you have a larger canvas to work with. But for me, I'm gonna cover the entire page and ink. Something that's fun about this process is you are not completely in control. So you really have to let go, Uh, which, you know, Actually, that could be fun for you. That might not be fun for you, but I think it's pretty fun. So I'm just gonna add some more ink and some more alcohol and do the same thing and just blow that ink towards, um, those other Two Inc spots that I've already created and you couldn't blow. You can kind of play with your breath. Blowing softer gives you a little bit more control, and it doesn't move us fast flowing harder. It's gonna move, um, faster. And the ink is gonna go farther so you'll have less control, something to play with. So same thing distorting some are alcohol and gonna add or somewhere Alcohol Inc. And then, um, going to add some alcohol on top of that and blow the area into the other. Think. Okay, so you get the basic idea. I'm just gonna speed ahead so you can see the peace come together. All right, So now I am finally adding my yellow in and doing the same thing. Just pulling it around with a straw and adding some in the upper right corner. I need my alcohol. And my goal is just to get this page completely covered in ink. I feel on this little spot. No. Now I'm coming in with my little sponge brush and just trying to fill in those, um, smaller areas and you can see I needed to add some more ink. If it's still a little bit What? You might be able to smear it around. Um, just like that spot. There was still enough alcohol that I was able to spin it around a little bit, but I still ended up adding more ink. We're getting close to the finish line. Could this little spot all right, in a fit? I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. And that is our very first method. Using a straw 5. Method: Heat Gun: all right for this method, we're going to be using a heat gun. Uh, and this style is a little bit more random, but honestly, it's still one of my favorites to create in. Um, so I'm just going to kind of paint the alcohol onto my paper, completely covering it. And then I'm gonna apply my thanks kind of randomly. I'm using Pignon, a passion purple, Wild plum, which is Ranger Brands. Cool Pearl Ranger brand. And then I am a fist, which is also Ranger Brand. So you can see I'm just dotting it kind of all over the paper, randomly. And then I needed to be a bit more liquidy. So I'm gonna pour more alcohol on top of these little dots and just move the alcohol around so that it completely covers the paper. Um, so you can see I'm just taking the train, my hands and moving around. And this is where the trade really comes in handy because I don't have to touch, uh, you know, the paper and get my fingerprints on the edges of the paper and something I thought about when choosing these colors is how they were going to mix this method. There's definitely a lot more mixing up colors on. And I know the color palette that I used on one of the last projects the pinks and yellow. I don't really like it when that yellow gets mixed with those other colors and the yellow kind of gets lost and it turns into like an orange or red. Um, so for this project, I wanted to stick with colors that, you know, we're more similar than I thought it would look good when they mixed. So now you can see I'm going in with my heat gun and I'm moving from the outside edges. And I'm kind of moving the tray as I do this just to get the liquid moving in the direction that I am applying the heat. And this is going to create some, um, kind of edges some lines, and it's also going to kind of look the color into place until we at least add somewhere alcohol. So a solid found out a solid foundation on, and we definitely need some more interest going on. So when adds more alcohol, you can see, uh, it kind of creates some lines, definitely some more noticeable lines as it the alcohol when it separates that ink out. So again, I'm gonna apply my heat using my heat gun. And even though you know a lot of the closure mixing together as we do this and as we add more alcohol, it's gonna uncover layers. You're gonna be able to see more of the different colors. Someone adds more alcohol. And this time I'm gonna add some ink over there. Just so it's not as diluted you can tell. The alcohol definitely lightens and dilutes whatever it's on top of. All right, I'm gonna add some more alcohol in my first little area. He just needs more, more interest, more lines, more going on. And they add, It's more ink. Swirl it around. Could see. Definitely more lines are forming. It's getting pretty cool in that corner, like in it, Definitely all right. And I'm thinking it needs something in the bottom right corner. Someone adds somewhere alcohol and just do the exact same thing that I've been doing and on some color to. That's so well it around. Awesome. Then apply my heat. And it's getting pretty close to, uh, something that feels complete to me. I think this is it. This is a complete peace 6. Method: Heat Gun 2: All right, So this is our seconds. Heat gun example on this one is gonna be a little bit more intentional than the last one. You can see I just painted some alcohol onto my paper to kind of create a boundary where I want to stay in. It's still going to come out of that area a little bit, but, um, it gives it at least a starting point. Um, And then I'm taking the train, my hands and moving it around so that the ink fills up most that space and that I'm adding more alcohol because it needs to be a little bit more fluid, a little bit more liquidy. Now I'm just applying heat, just a look, that color into place. And I want to add a little bit more color because I don't like all of those white spots. So I'm coming back in with my ink and then more alcohol swirling around is to fill up that space, and then I'll come back with my heat gun and just lock the color into place case. And I'm just going to come in again and paint another little boundary area where I'm going to add my seconds. Uh, Inc. And I'm using the same color palette I did on my straw example. I'm I thought it would be fun to kind of compare the two side by side. Um, so you can see the difference. All right, so just alcohol on top of that to make it more liquidy. I'm taking the tray and moving that liquid around in the area just to try to fill up a much of that space is possible. You could tell in the upper left, um, the corner, that little guy's going a little rogue. That's okay. So coming in with my heat gun, just locking everything into place. It's creating a lot of lines. You can see I want more lines than, um, the strong sample, which was a lot doctor. So again, I don't like any white areas. I'm adding more ink, more alcohol, sperling it around, using my, um, picking up my my pan and then locking into place with the heat gun. So that's the basic idea of this style, just kind of layer by layer. I'm adding color and then I add, um, I'll call on top of that just to make it more liquidy and fill up my little boundary area, Um, and then apply heat to lock everything down. So I'm going to speed everything up so you can kind of see how this one, um, came together at a more in getting more alcohol movie, money trade, sponging up that area as well, applying feet and then again just completely filling the page, I think, just like I've done with the other examples, you can already see that it looks pretty different from our straw piece. The lines are definitely darker and more noticeable. And there's more, um, contrast between colors and last blending. Okay, and now we have our finished piece. And just for a comparison, here is that strong piece as well. 7. Special Inks: So I just wanted to take a minute to talk about some of the more special inks. We'll be talking about black inks and how there is actually a rainbow of colors that makes up a black. We'll be talking about the Kenyatta Blanco white, which kind of creates a pearl effect, and then I'll be showing you a few different metallics. We'll be looking at gold and silver from Bulls Kenyatta and bring your grand and just comparing the differences. So you might be thinking, What's so special about black inks? Well, with alcohol inks, the black kings actually have a lot of layers of color in them. So I am showing you pitch black from Ranger and Slate, which is more of a dark grey from Ranger and manila black from pinata, and you can see the Ranger pitch black. It has a lot of layers of color on it, so pinks and purples the slate has some greens and blew the manila Black is more brown. Um, this is a piece where all three of those colors are included, and it's funny because when you initially look at it, you might think that there is a lot more colors and just those three. And you definitely wouldn't suspect that. You know, it's two blacks and a grade. The next thing I wanted to show you is, um, this ah, white ink from pinata. It's the Blanco ink, and it kind of creates a pearl effect. You can see this is the final piece, especially in that right corner. You can see that parole effect. And then here's another example of a piece of close up where you can really see the pearl effect. Um, but it's it's really fun to play with. It definitely creates some unique looks. The next thing I'm gonna show you is the difference between, um the pinata and ranger metallics, the gold and the silver. Um, they also have several other metallic colors, but these are the two I use the most. So you can kind of see from these little swatches what's happening. But you'll be able to see better when I show you some examples of some finished pieces. All right, so this is the pinata gold, and it's kind of breaks off into tiny, delicate pieces. Um, the Ranger gold, on the other hand, kind of like glitter and it covers, you know, larger areas. Ah, the pinata Silver. It's a little bit thinner than the Ranger civil over, and it creates a lot of texture. And then the Ranger silver, it really takes over whatever area that it bonds to and creates a pretty cool effect. 8. Project 2: Supplies: were seven projects you'll need to gather a few additional items. I'll be using resin for this piece, so you need your resident and your partner. You're also gonna need your canvas, and the amount of reason you need is going to be based on your canvas size. I love this brand art resin, and they actually have a calculator on their website that shows you how much resident you might need for the size of your canvas. It's a little calculator, so I check that out and then also something to mix your resident. He's a really nice little cups. I just got it in a hardware store that have measurements on them because you'll need toe have equal parts of each the resin and the hardener. Eso. If you want to be really exact, use this. If you think you can eyeball it, you could also just use a disposable plastic cup. And then I have, um, just something to mix way. So I have a pain stick 9. Prepping your Canvas with Resin: So, in order to make our humus a great service for alcohol ings despite around, I'm going to be covering it in resin first. I've also tried pre just aboard which work. But the resin honestly looks the best for me. And it's something that I already have in my studio because I work a lot with President. Um, So basically, for this brand, our resident, which is the around the I use and love, you need 50% hardener, 50% resident, and then my canvas is 16 by 20 inches. And according to the little resin calculator on or visit dot com, I'm gonna need 11 ounces, so I'm actually makes 12. Just to be safe, - Unanimous mimics for three minutes. Okay, so now that we have our resin and hardener mixed, uhm I'm going to just completely cover my canvas in it. Let's pour it. You move the campus around to kind of spread it out, or you can use your paint stick. I wouldn't recommend paintbrushes because who will ruin your paintbrushes if you, um, use them with resin? One thing to note here is that I have four plastic disposable cups kind of in the corners underneath my canvas. Because if I had put my campus right on top of the tarp, uh, the reason could have dripped onto the tarp and, um, stuck the campus to the top, so I would definitely recommend doing something like that. And now I'm just going in with a little many torch and popping all those little bubbles. If you don't have one and you don't want invested one, that's fine. This is just gonna give it a much more professional smooth look. Okay? And now I'm just gonna let it sit for 24 hours. Check your Rosen brand and see how long and asked you toe, let it sit. But this friend needs to set for 24 hours before I add any more artwork to it. 10. Creating your piece on Canvas: All right, So now that we have prepped our campus, we can get to work making our abstracts art piece. Um, and basically, the process is exactly the same as with you. Pull paper. Eso I poured down some alcohol first, and then the colors I'll be using on this piece are Denham, Stone washed Aqua Stream, All Ranger brand. And then I'm going to be using a gold that is a from pinata. So you can see I'm just starting in the centre. I'm kind of laying down my colors and then I'm going Teoh, um, use my straw, Teoh, move the color out from the center. Um, and usually on larger pieces, I actually use Onley a heat gun, But this piece, it's not huge. A smaller piece on campus, but a big piece for alcohol ing for me. Um, so I wanted to experiment with using this straw and with a straw, you're going to get a lot more detail, Um, like, smaller details on, then a heat gun. You're gonna get larger details. Um, so yeah, basically halfway through this process, I decided okay when he was a deacon. Now, because it just was super liquidy with all the alcohol and poor down and the resident a lot separate in the local paper. So I kind of needed the heat gun just to start soaking up some of that Think I'm otherwise it would have just kept moving and not really solidifying into place. Um, so, yeah, I'm I'm just quickly showing you I'm not gonna show you the whole process because you kind of get the idea, that exact same thing. It's on the other videos that I shared, and then I'll show you kind of the final step. Okay, so we have our inkley down and we're almost done. I'm really loving the way it looks right now. And now you're just going Teoh, add our resin just to make it really? Look, you know, clean and professional and beautiful. So I did the same thing that I showed you in the earlier video. Just mixing 12 ounces of resin, and I am just completely coating my piece in it. One thing to know, I did let it dry for about 24 hours. You probably don't need to wait that long, but just make sure the Incas completely dry before you do this step. So I'm just spreading my resident around, making sure tonight leave any little spots and then going to go on with my, um, a little many torch and couple bubbles and that's it. And here is the complete peace. Just little close up loving how it turned out. 11. Conclusion: all right, so well played by now, you've been able to create a piece of your goal. I would love to see what you come up with. So pleased to share in the projects gallery. And I will see you next time.