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Learn to paint with Alcohol Inks: Introductory Class to the Magic World of Inks

Janirette Vazquez, Painter and Sculptor

Learn to paint with Alcohol Inks: Introductory Class to the Magic World of Inks

Janirette Vazquez, Painter and Sculptor

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7 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Intro alcochol inks final

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. How to work with alcohol inks

    • 4. Project

    • 5. Troubleshooting

    • 6. Protecting your paintings

    • 7. Thank you

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About This Class

Working with alcohol inks is very relaxing and fun! In this class we will cover the basics techniques to work with alcohol inks.

You'll learn:

  • Basic Materials
  • How to manipulate the ink
  • Tips and Tricks throughout the class
  • how to protect your painting
  • How to save a piece that has been ruined
  • Best way to showcase your work

You will create an abstract painting

Who can join this class? Everyone can join! It's very basic and fun. 

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Janirette Vazquez

Painter and Sculptor


My name is Jany and I am an artist from Puerto Rico currently living in Miami, Florida. I went to the school of fine arts of Puerto Rico (Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Diseño) where I discovered my passion for painting and sculpting which led me to create my very own business selling hand-sculpted miniature food jewelry with polymer clay online. I was then featured on numerous websites, magazines and online blogs. My pieces were featured in the Pee Wee Herman blog, Dominos Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts and even a Korean soap opera named Panda and Hedgehog. I've been working with polymer clay for 10 years and have been making tutorials on YoutTube for quite some time now.    


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1. Intro alcochol inks final: they're everything in this class. We're going to learn how to work with holdings, manipulate them and the essential materials that you need. I'm going to give you my tips and tricks throughout the past, including how to save a piece that has been ruined and the best way to showcase your work. You wondering how to protect your artwork, how to take your paintings to the next level. 2. Materials: Hello, everyone. Thank you for she's in my class and welcome. Here are the materials that were going to use in this class and you're going to need some gloves to protect your hands from taint staining with the ink. You're also going to need a shower, Cortina liner or any kind of plastic. It doesn't have to be clear. You can use any color. I already have one on top of my desk to protect up, to protect it from staining because alcohol stains a lot. And then, um here have some local banks from the Jacquard line and from Jim Holt's Ranger. I'm also using this big bottle here. This is in the color brass. I bought the big bottle because, um, I used this one a lot. And then you're also going to meet some brushes. Some be pets to grab the alcohol clear cup. Um, you're also going to need some 91% alcohol. It is not 91%. It's not going to work, and you're going to need some mata UV resistant clear acrylic coating. This is for the end to protect our painting, and you're also going to need some nap Kings in case you have an accident or something, we are also going to use some. You pull paper. This one, it's nine by 12. It's very important that is, You pull paper because if not, it won't work. This paper is kind of like a plastic, so the inks move around very easily. But if we use a watercolor paper or any other kind of paper, it will soak the ink and it will not move around. So it's very important that it has to be Ubell paper. Make sure you work in a well ventilated area or use a respirator like this one. This is from three M. To protect from the fumes of the alcohol, you'll find a PdF in the project section that you can download with a list of all of them to really used in this class and the links where you can get them. 3. How to work with alcohol inks: we also going to be using a heat gun. Now? I use this to move the ink around or to drive faster. You would. You don't need it, but it's very helpful. So you see, you know. Okay, So I'm gonna show apple off techniques that you can use with. Thanks. Yeah. Start by showing you how we asked when you put it on the pupil paper that's used this pretty. And when I and drop you see, it's but very nicely. And then you add, for example lists at this Well, that's that. I'm guessing stuff. Fire. You add it on top, it will mix with pink, and you can see we have a really purple. Now you can keep doing this and a different effects with the aim. I'm going to add a little bit off hall. Wait. A pet. This you can see. Cool it. Now you can live like that. Any wool dry like that Or you can use your hate gun. Any dries like that, you can keep adding alcohol and the inks who we activate and then you can't keep moving it around. You can also dilute the alcohol things like I did here. I add a little bit of alcohol and then some drops off e. I don't remember. I think I didn't mix like pink and purple. And then I created my own shade just like that. And as you can see, it's not a see past the pink when we added it, and it keeps moving and taking over. This is a really cool medium. The only thing is that we don't have complete control, and they do practically whatever they want. You put the colors, you move them around, but they react to each other. And the reason that I move it really quickly is because it's a heat gun and the paper will work if you let it close for a long time in the same spot. So you have to be really careful. So that's why I do it very quickly. So it doesn't listen, fern. Okay, so I'm going to show you how you can create very soft. For example, there's netting here you can see and if you want to create a really self dash, you use at the alcohol in. Select this and you can just move the paper around and you will create this super cool effects. You can also use the brushes off the ink around. You can see it looks very interesting. We can do that to the Syria to just around like so you don't need the heat gun. But you can also use this technique to the paper around like this. And look how cool that looks. Okay, so now I want to add another color so you can see how they makes different points. Like, for example, this issues. So you can do that and then the whole directly on top, keep you can see how cool it looks. Okay, so now I'm going to show you how to use the brass. This is very interesting because it doesn't react like the other paints. So I'm gonna show you his bottle right here. I did the same thing. Um, I add a little bit of alcohol just a little bit, and then I put it in this bottle so it's easier for me. But they don't react like this because it has particles of a metallic color and will not spread as easily asked the regular alcohol thinks so. That's why I like to put first kind of like a thought of alcohol like this, for example that stood in here and then you can at the collar. And then just I don't move it around like this and how it looks like so And then the alcohol keeps spreading and keeps keeping a very interesting look. So the peace So what? You can see the brass Well, they stay in certain places like pieces you can see and it looks very cool. So another technique for these is you can grab a little bit off alcohol. I'm gonna put you can grab alcohol with your brush with a toothbrush, whatever you haven't had. And then you just through this and watch the magic happens. See, it creates like little thoughts, texture. How cool is that? That's one of the techniques that you can use. You can also take the brush like this with a little bit of alcohol and then just move it around pains like this, and then you create another effects and also used some paper towels. You can't go around and then this will create a certain texture in the paper. Yes, that a bit of this. And then I need to feed it a couple drops of this one and then this one and then just small. You're paid around. You can also use that he'd done or you can blow on it. Another trick that I learned is that sometimes, but sometimes he gold this fresh like that fresh. I mean, you just put a drop. You can do this and see how it breaks kind of breaks into pieces, and then it starts flowing. That's really cool technique, adding drops you keep breaking and moving around that drop on top of that and having mind this color mixed with blue, we'll make kind of like a Greenidge color, because have you ever wondered, Saw moving keeps reacting. There's a lot of really cool techniques that you can keep experimenting. You know you don't have to. There's not like the specific things that you have to do to work with alcohol. Excuses go with the flow. You just experiment, and then you can come up with your own techniques. You can keep adding alcohol you can keep keep adding cultures and guys. This is so, so fun. Just definitely one of my favorite mediums. So I added some Lewis at some the horse that pink then One of the cool things about alcohol thanks to is the eve You like certain designed. For example, I like this. You can take out the whole, put it on top and then the colors and the shapes will keep changing if you alcohol because they gonna keep moving. So that way you have, like, more, more, more time that you can't. It's very forgiving. Let's say this, then you can also add alcohol and then make it trip. You can make them very, very sorry. I'm seeing a lot of purples. I'm going to blue pinks. When you keep playing with the paper. Now, in the painting project that we're going to do, I'm gonna show you how to create a more structured painting. Not so like freestyle like this one that you can keep adding drops. We're going to use the brushes, and I'm going to show you a technique to have a little bit more control off the ink. And this is a very fun technique to do a painting to. But I wanted to show you different concept techniques so you can have more control of it. This is definitely something really fun I prefer to do something more abstract and more like freestyle, But you can come up with a lot of ideas with this. I think people that make flowers with them and I have a video on YouTube that shows you how to create different kinds of shapes and that at some lines on top with the alcohol, I'm gonna make sure to leave that thing to in the resource is list, but yet now that's feed our products. 4. Project: Okay, guys. So I have protected my desk with the plastic, and now I'm going to put the U boat paper. Let's put on the gloves. Okay. So I'm just gonna use one glove for my right hand writing. I always like to start my paintings with rubbing alcohol, so it's gonna take my people this. I'm gonna put a little bit right here spreading out. You don't have to do this, but I noticed that if you do this alcohol, thanks flow a little better. So I'm gonna start with my darkest blue wishes the self fire blue right here. Put some here and then with my brush, gonna start making it. You can always take more alcohol. Okay, so I know I'm going Teoh at the hospital. Different kind of do at a little bit of time. And this happens sometimes. If you get too close to the pain, you will paint the actual alcohol that you have in here so you can see it's food. But I don't mind. Start that to top. You can see it will start mixing. It looks really cool. Later on, you can add more in keeping bunts. So with my brush And when I started covering the areas that don't have color this and then if we want right at this point, knickers, start using your feet, Theo, Before I start, you have to do it very quickly. Because if not, it will burn your paper and wrap. So we have to do it. Sorry that this. Okay, so I want to add a little bit more off the stark color over here. Then again with our brush. Move it around. But Uncle thinks you love Teoh. Be patient and going to go with the flow. You can't force it too much because they will do whatever they feel to do. It's not like you have total control over the medium and me being a control freak. I don't know how are enjoyed it so much. I think it's the fight between me and then trying to do what they want and me trying them to do what I want. So I really enjoy the process. So I don't think a little bit of this color and put it this area right here and then I'm going to add a little bit cocoa. Thanks. Tough missed system. Kate and I want to add a bit more of this many cutter around here around. Okay, Now, when I use my heat out again, - you see the tangerine to this area right here. Me? Don't worry about the back. I never worry about that. Okay. So I'm gonna clean my baby. I mean, yeah, And then I'm going to take and I'm going to start moving it around. I believe that's up part a bit white, a bit more, and then I'm going to add a little bit of the butterscotch. - Okay , so now I'm gonna try to mix these two, like so there is low. I'm gonna start creating textures in here, so remember, it's gonna get mixed. So the color with real change, and then we're gonna try to insert a little bit of boom here, like, and this is something that I have not found. This is something that just just letting what I feel into the job you can see. Well, you do this with the brush, the colors will change. You know, I feel like mixing that part over there. You know, a little bit of this. There is a bunch of different techniques that you can use with alcohol. Thanks. You can just drop the goings on top of the paper and let them do their job. Or you can try to have control and do what I'm doing. Okay, so here, I'm just trying to create a base of colors, so I haven't idea. I really like what's happening here once happening in there. Okay, so no. - Okay , now I'm gonna try to clean my brush now. I'll be right back. Okay? So you clean your brush can add a bit alcohol in a cup. And you just to this, you can't do it with water. It won't work. Has to be. So now I'm going to create some textures by taking the brush, wedding it in some alcohol, and then just and just like magic, it's gonna start creating this very, very fun textures. See, right before your eyes, it looks like magic. You can also use, like, a water bottle off spray and do this. You could almost the same effect. So I think it looks kind of cool down a little bit off the breast color so you can see and the rest colors in this bottle right here. It's gonna mix it a little bit Start around me. Added and different. You will be gonna move it. Wait Kandel's paper and a little bit. So the paper, We'll create this path, we will also create texture. But here So I just took a little Let's see if it works out okay, so good they don't work. And now I'm gonna just kind of like all over all face a bit. A bit of alcohol. I like when the pieces fell a full, like do that this to so cool increase. It's different kinds, texter. Just keep playing until you're happy. But what you see do this one. Another sign. Let's try to work the breast color down like that. That's so it doesn't look so harsh. Can like that. And then when it drives, you can have a little bit more off with these droplets right here. So it doesn't weird the same thing here and there it is. 5. Troubleshooting: Okay, I So I want to talk to you about what to do when you feel like you have ruling a painting, for example, this one. I mean, you can always fix it out in a little bit more alcohol or adding more of the uncle things and keep playing around, but I just get tired of it. And I didn't really look like hi how it looks. So I'm gonna show you what to do in case you give up on a painting and you think there's no way to fix it. So I have a couple of thes from some frames that I bought for my tia Have I think this is four by six and this one, I honestly don't know. But I like what I like to do is, for example, I don't like the whole thing, But I really think that there's a couple of interesting spots around the painting. For example, I really like this area right here. And what what? I like to do it. I grabbed one of thes and I start, for example, looking for the pieces that I really find interesting. So I'm gonna put the camera on a different level, so you can see. Okay, so let's put this on top. For example. Really interesting. What's happening here with this? Colors can do this. And as you can see, it's a very interesting peace. You can change angles, maybe like this, Like this. And I really like this area. Right? Right here. Yeah. Gonna dio I really, really like this one. Okay, so I'm going to measure and I'm going to cut this paper around, um, the area that I like and you can make kind of like matching matching heart. Since we're not, we're just gonna use thes part. Maybe you can find another interesting spot in the painting. And that way you can make two paintings out of one. You can even make three paintings. So, for example, up, I really like what's happening here in a really mass marches with these patterns in here, some what I'm gonna do. So I'm gonna cut around both of them, and I'm gonna create Martine fainting. Another tip that I can give you ISS. For example, if you want to go further, you can caught, for example, of a small square, small circles, more triangle. You can cover it resting and you can create your own jewelry with that, Maybe we'll make a class for that. I've done it before and I really love it. I love how my jewelry turned out. I make some pendants and some earrings and they turn out great. And it's a great way to use what's left off painting, and this is how little it once they cut. So what I like to do is I like to put a little bit of tape around the ages to so it stays in the right face and then you can put it inside the frame are. Maybe you could put it like this on the wall, see how hole you can do much in paintings. 6. Protecting your paintings: So now we're going to protect our paintings with the Cry Island. Mata resistant, quoting. This is supposed to be done in a well ventilated area. I'm going to do it inside my home just because of the purpose of this video, to show you how to use it. But make sure you're well going to be the area. I'm sorry. Or you have your respirator on. Okay, so once once you shake it really well, just started. I It says that you need to be. Let me see 10 to 12 inches from surface. Get really close. I start doing this, we're really quickly. And then way Good again. Yes. Like that. That's it. You let it dry. 7. Thank you: So you begin your project and I hope to see you in the next one.