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Alcohol Ink Basics: Learn how to do an Alcohol Ink Flower

teacher avatar Lois Gardiner, Paint Ur Art Out

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Lesson 1: Alcohol Ink Basics: Introduction


    • 2.

      Lesson 2 Alcohol Ink Materials Overview


    • 3.

      Lesson 3 Testing on Different Paper ‐ Made with Clipchamp (1)


    • 4.

      Lesson 4: Two Colours on Different Paper


    • 5.

      Lesson 5 Alcohol Ink Flower Foundations Step 1 ‐ Made with Clipchamp (1)


    • 6.

      Lesson 6 Alcohol Ink Flower Project Step #2; Making the Petals ‐ Made with Clipchamp


    • 7.

      Lesson 7 Alcohol Ink Flower Step #3 Making the Center


    • 8.

      Lesson #8 Alcohol Ink flower Step #4 Making the Background


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This class will get you started with Alcohol Inks. It is a beginner class.  I outline some of the things I learned as I started out and hopefully you will benefit from my mistakes and learning from my journey with this medium.  I have a number of materials outlined and show you how the alcohol ink responds to different types of paper as well as how use of the 99% isopropyl alcohol can make a big difference to the outcome.  I finish off the class with a alcohol ink flower which showcases a number of the techniques learned and will get you started exploring this fun painting medium.  Below are example of what you can make once you get started.  Once you are done you can varnish with Kamar varnish - 2-3 coats and then some UV to protect the piece.  Do not use the UV first or unless have enough Kamar varnish as it will destroy your piece.  Use the UV with light coats.  Alcohol ink is like a photograph - over time it will fade unless protected.  It has a low lightfastness.  

You will need:  Stone or mineral paper, watercolour paper, Nara or Yupo paper (if you can get samples which some stores offer that would be sufficient).  I piece of larger size 8"x 10" stone paper for the flower project.  Two to four colours of alcohol ink for your flowers (pick ones that mix well - not purple and yellow as you get brown - think colour theory). In the class I demonstrate with blue and pink.  Three shades of green alcohol ink and white if you want.  White (08), green and green metallic jelly roll pens.  One can of compressed air or a air brush if you have one.  Paper towel and 99% isopropyl alcohol. 2-3 small paintbrushes will also be handy and a green and black sharpie.  Tip: I have found sometimes watching the class first and then following along a second time is a bit easier - just from watching other artists classes.

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Lois Gardiner

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Hello, I'm Lois. I am an artist and love working with lots of different mediums but lately have come to enjoy working with alcohol inks more.  I enjoy how they can look so different on so many surfaces and are such a versatile medium on things like mugs, and ceramics.  I have enjoyed learning from other artists on this platform so thought I would share and make a class on basics with Alcohol Inks.

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1. Lesson 1: Alcohol Ink Basics: Introduction: Hi, welcome to paint your art out. I'm really excited to share this class with you about learning how to paint with alcohol ink. My name is Lois Gardiner and I've been an artist for about 25 years. They'll see for fun. About five years ago I started painting a lot more and more recent last two years have really got into alcohol, ink. and it's a medium. I'm just loving. I've fallen in love with it. There's so many, so much variety, so many things you can do with it. And I'm going to show you a few things in a moment that are right here on my table that are some examples of different ideas to work with. But for today, I just wanted to introduce the course. We have. I believe it's eight lessons in total. And you're going to learn some basic techniques. First of how to work with and work with the aim can how it responds on different types of paper or Canvas, et cetera. And then I do have a project that we're gonna work through. It's this floral painting and this, you can see it's a variety of techniques you learned how to make the flowers, the centers, also the foliage. How you can then use different types of pen over top to embellish the ink. And so this is going to give you a really good foundation for some techniques that you could turn into many, many different paintings of your own. So I hope you enjoy the class. There are a few things that I wanted to show you that or types of things that you can do with this. So this is one painting that I did. I then have some embellishment with Jelly Roll pen and then I've resined the piece, so it's quite a nice finish. And we'll talk about finishing because finishing without calling says An important aspect. I also have just an example of a Christmas ornament that I just actually did Boston eight. And you can see, you can just create these wonderful, beautiful effects with, with the ink. So those are a couple of examples. I also have different examples of my art that on some print on demand sites, this one wins on demo, on society six. But this is actually my art made with alcohol being changed a little bit in Photoshop to create a really cool, translucent effect. And it turned into this beautiful, beautiful coffee mugs. So just a few examples, the painting behind me as alcoholic drink and have many other examples in my home, but that'll get us started and I really look forward to doing this class with you. 2. Lesson 2 Alcohol Ink Materials Overview: Okay, so the materials that you use, the first most important thing when you're working with alcohol links is to think about using is having a very good ventilated area. Because one of the key ingredients for working with alcoholics is this isopropyl alcohol. You can get a similar product from art store, but it costs like honestly four or five times the cost. And this works in my experience just as well. It's very important though, that you get 99 percent alcohol. Not not 7070 works, but not as well. And ultimately, I usually buy it just at the grocery store. It cost about seven to $10 a bottle depending on where you go. And when a lightly with corvid, when I do find it i by five or six of them because there has been a bit harder to find. The thing is this is a little stinky as you can imagine, because it's alcohol being so it's important that you wear a proper mask and hopefully heavier room where you have some ventilation and to work with it, I will be honest, I don't always wear a mask when we work with it, but I I if I'm not wearing a mask and make sure the room is really well ventilated and I might even be working with it outside. So that that's a very important component. The other pieces are the alcoholics themselves. So we tend to come in these small, small bottles. They come in difference ranges. So this is pin yada, this is range or there's also breed really switching and by Michael's which is great and most also italics and, and we're going to have a whole lesson on how to work with metallic because it's a bit of an effort. I quite often will buy the larger bottles and put them in a stopper type container. This is actually gold, can barely tell, but it is what it is. And then the other kind of highest and inks is actually copa nginx. And I love these inks. They're, they're a little bit more expensive. Like the small bottle like this might cause she run around. I'm in live in Canada so keen dollars, so eight to nine Canadian dollar or even six in a, on a sale. These are 11 to 12 and the, but you almost get twice as much in this as this. So they kinda workout. So if you're gonna do quite a bit of alcohol links the other things about the car picking says they come, there's hundreds of colors, hundreds. And whereas the range or my have 30 colors or so. And then the pin yada Jaccard inks also come in a range of colors, but not as prolific as co-pay. Ok? So these are all factors like just to consider. Now the normal thing that I do is do a bit of a test on each of them so to understand how the ink will move around. So in the next session, that's what we're going to talk about. But besides that and those, the inks themselves and next thing is what you put the inks on. So alcohol Inc. is very absorbent. It absorbs into whatever paper that you might use. You can also use it on canvas, but you can imagine chemists is absorbent. So some times I will put like a type of paints over top that makes it not observant. Sometimes I'm going for that Observant look. So I will leave the absorbing the thing about if you think about all the different types of paper, whether it's watercolour paper, which is always absorbent or canvas, or then you move into more like a stone paper or mineral paper, which is, is absorbent but not as observant as watercolor. And then you move to sort of your U Hpo paper, which is almost like a plastic type paper, but it does still absorb a little bit because you can leave markings if he put the Ink on and you try to wipe it off, you won't get all the ink off. And then he moved to Nora paper, which is like completely pretty much you can wipe it clean just like a tile. A ceramic tile, which is the least ups orbit. So you kinda think on that spectrum, depending on the effect you're trying to get and the different types of ink you're trying to and create this type of paper that you're on makes a big difference. So the different brands are you PO, paper it says it is why you P0 and it often comes in orange packs, but to be honest, I usually buy it in very large sheets. Moles. Art stores will sell sell large sheets of paper. Same thing for stone paper. I usually buy it in large sheets or even in a role because then I can create a very large-scale painting with a huge role of the paper. Because it seems like lots of people are preferring large-scale paintings. I do sometimes use water color paper, and I like watercolor paper because it gets a really different effects. So you can obviously get watercolor paper in all shapes and sizes to usually use at least a 140 pounds are higher because of the absorbency. I should also comment that the stone paper, which I love, I love the kind of light effect that comes with the stone paper. Like a couple of the paintings behind me, the blue one and the green one are both on stone paper. And they just creates a little bit softer fields. So I would say that's probably my favorite. The only thing with the more absorbing papers you have to work faster so it's better to start and learn on a U Hpo tile or even even a Nora paper, because those papers aren't as absorbent and you can work them material a bit more. So the only other thing I want to mention is the usual things like alcohol pans, like Sharpies. I always have a range of them. I do use these micron black pens when I want to add at Black embellishment. And probably the biggest question I get is some of the detail. This painting, for example, that has the detail on it. I get all us all the time on Instagram. How do you get the white? And that is these jelly, Jelly Roll pens, which I think are made in Japan. But they come in, I use the white alive because it looks nice against ink, but they do come in many, many different colors and lots of options there. So I find I have a quite a stack of Jelly Roll pens that I use regularly. And then of course, if you want more distinct brushstrokes, you always have your array of brushes you could use. So that kinda gives you an overview of the typical materials you might need to do an alcoholic and painting. And then next we're gonna get started on some of the basics. 3. Lesson 3 Testing on Different Paper ‐ Made with Clipchamp (1): Where quiz, testing out the colors on the different types of paper. So I talked in the last class about the orbit absorbency of the paper. And we have three types of paper here. We have watercolor, stone paper and Nora paper. And what we're gonna do is actually just test Joe this blue and this is actually sapphire blue from Jaccard. And we're going to test that out and see how it moves on the paper. And then when Sweave, I've gotta do two tests. I'm gonna do pure ink and then I'm gonna do ink with a little bit of isopropyl alcohol and you'll see how those work. And then on the next session, we'll add a color and you'll see how the inks interact together. We'll start with watercolor, because I think seeing how the absorbency works is a good thing to see. And I have just created my own little straw here with a pen. You can also uses a regular straw. I just find this last a bit longer. And then because the real thing is, is moving the ink around with air. So that's actually a big part of how the alcohol inks work. So understanding how the different air moves things around, you can also sometimes use actual canned error in Kandahar is an interesting option as well. So I got this one at Staples and then and then we'll go from there. So first of all, let's just do the pure pure color, no dilution at all. So I'm gonna kinda put it over to this side so we can work leader with the second, second color. And so here is one drop and I'll blow it. You see how it didn't move much because it absorbed into the paper right away. On this one. You see a lot more movement because of the stone paper isn't as absorbent. And of course the Navarra paper. And see the most movement evolved. And now our paper can be a bit tricky at times because it does do this spidering effect more because the ink doesn't soak in. So that is something that can sometimes happen. So I'm just going to add a little bit of alcohol, Inc. Now on the paper and put alcohol on the paper first and see the difference in the effect that you get with having the alcohol there. So again, the alcohol inks soaks in very quickly on the on the watercolour papers. So if we'd moved to the stone paper and we add a couple of drops, and we add a drop of ink. And we move that around. You get a different effect again, and you get many, many different colors. So here is on the narrow paper, we're going to add a drop. Again, just one drop of ink. Again, you get, you can see the difference. You get more spidering because there's not as many places for the ink to go. I think the interesting thing here though, is that there is a lot of different colors that exist here. So as you look at the different colors, I am just going to show you up a bit close, like you can see how the watercolor didn't move much. And then this is with a little bit of the ink where it moved a bit more. This is the stone paper, which you can see with the one drop of ink, you get this really pure colour. But if you want to get these different shades, the soft defects, which we'll talk more about that in the class. This is where adding the alcohol to the ink gets you these. And there's actually a lot of different values or shades of color in there. And then same here again with the Nora. Like you're, you're getting a really different effect and sometimes you're going for that effect with the veins and the multiple colors. So I really like using the different papers for the different options. I, I'd encourage you to also test out on you PO paper. You PO paper is another paper that can be quite helpful to, to understand what, what, you know, how it's going to respond to the ink. Okay, so see you in the next class. 4. Lesson 4: Two Colours on Different Paper : Okay, so the next thing we're gonna do is again, I'm, I'm using a paper to get the ink out of the ink bottle. But again, I sometimes use a stopper, but today I'm going to use a pipette. And I. We're gonna apply the inks to the different pieces here and just see how they interact. So I'm going to add a pin yada, pink. And you'll see, you'll see how it interacts with each of the types of paper. So this first is the pink water color. And you see, of course with color theory, when you add red and blue, you get purple in this case, ping. So we got this whole other, another interesting shade of color that came with the, with the ink. Again here. I'm adding, adding a color and again I'll move it. Again, we're getting quite a different color shape combination. I'll show those up more close in a minute. But here's the second paper, the stone paper. And if we just apply a drop, let it interact with the blue a little bit again. And here you can see more clearly that there is this purple that has formed. So depending on the effector going for with alcohol, he inks, you really do need to think about color theory and how the inks are gonna react with each other. So I'm going to add maybe three drops of alcohol on this one and add two pink drops. And then I'm going to let that, I'm going to let the mold into the blue a little bit and just let it sit for a minute because again, remember it's not as absorbent. So it's still going to be able to be moved and see that rich color, many shades that you're getting in combination there on the paper. I am a bit of a fan of stone papers, so I usually like Kuwait Riyadh host. Okay, so the last one is the Navarra paper. And let's just add a couple drops here again. And we'll add the two things have Inc. And again, if you want more color, you add more ink. If you want it more subtle, you add more alcohols. So that's kinda the rule of thumb. And again, you can see how it is so heavily responding very, very differently on their paper between the three different options. So if we look at this one, the watercolor stone paper and the Navarra paper, you're seeing very, very different effects that can be achieved with inks. Okay, so I hope you found that interesting. What I'd really encourage you to do is if you get a few colors that you like, I work with blue and pink alive because I liked those colors. But you can do it with greens, with any colors really in this spectrum. But it's really important to just test out on the paper, even if it's Canvas that you're going to use and understand how number one quickly you're going to have to work because of hubs are when the paper might be. And then secondly, how does the, the surface that you're using gonna interact with adding alcohol and even lighten up the colors as you go. So what we're gonna do next in the next session is work through creating our alcohol ink flour. And I'm gonna walk you through how you make that and you're going to see how we can utilize some of the different techniques. Now, I'm gonna do it on stone paper. So perhaps get your stone paper ready and then we can start making a flower. Just want to show you this, this actually piece of art because it really does have that kind of wispy effect that you can create with the ink. And whilst there's not any italics and this, you can see that there's a whole lot of different colors and togetherness. This actually is only three different colors, even though you have many, many more colors than that in the actual painting. So hopefully this is like you can see, start to see how this effect is being created. In the class. 5. Lesson 5 Alcohol Ink Flower Foundations Step 1 ‐ Made with Clipchamp (1): Okay, we're going to start with making a alcoholic flower. So the first thing that I usually like to do is put down a couple of drops of the ink, maybe even three. And I like to see if we can just let that sit for a few minutes and dry out. I might even take my air whatever error I'm using in this case and blow it dry a bit. But try to keep it in a circle. So I'm also going to do the same thing with the pink. Just going to let that dry. And I'm gonna put just pure three drops of pure pink down. And I'm going to let that. I've used like pink pin Jada, and I've used sapphire blue, but really you could use any blue and pink. And what I'm gonna do is just let those dry a bit. So I might even, I might even just try and get a bit more than going to the edges. So low, straight down from above. So you can kinda see how the ink is drying out. By EG. Wanna get it fairly, fairly dry in the spots at then we'll start working it. So what's the other thing I'm going to do? Well, I'm weaning is just do a little bit of the foliage that I wanna do. But in this case, for the foliage, I do want to have a little bit of alcohol because I wanted a little bit more loose. So I'm going to put a little bit of the alcohol ink down. And I just have again a this is a bys green, again, a co-pay OK, call. Pick a screen, but you could use any color. It doesn't really matter. And I'm gonna put this down on the ink, on the alcohol and just blow that around a bit just to get a little bit different effect. So this will be a little bit darker green foliage. I'm going to add some shadow, shadow gray to this. And I just gotta get it open. And my goodness, it's a little tight. That is one thing about the inks. They can go on a bit tight, but you just have to work at getting them open and see those little bits of dry stuff. If you put alcohol on those, they will turn into color. So I'm just going to move that around a little bit. And again, I'm gonna use my straw to move the ink around. And you can see I'm getting a little bit of a different effect there. Again, this is stone paper I'm working on. So you can see it really doesn't look like much yet. But we're going to now start on the actual making the petals of the leaves. So this is the first, first step. B can always add more foliage. 6. Lesson 6 Alcohol Ink Flower Project Step #2; Making the Petals ‐ Made with Clipchamp: Next we're going to actually make the pedals, the pedals on the flower. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to use the air. So this is again is the staples, the staples air and it has like a little straw on the end that comes with the can. And we're going to use that to move the ink rounds. So the first thing I'm going to do is take a little bit of the pure pure alcohol in. I'm using again, I'm using the pipette to just place a little bit a drop of ink on the edge of the circle. And then I'm gonna take the can of air and I'm just going to blow really gently and let the pedal come out from. So you can see how you got a really nice petal form there. Don't go too crazy with the air and you just gotta do a little bit and its kinda helpful to just lead the ink sit on the edge of that blue to let it soak up and get more saturated. And then you just below, again a new pedal. Now, that pedal I didn't like quite as much probably because it didn't have as much ink or sorry, alcohol with it. So I'm just gonna do that again. There's no right or wrong here. And you're gonna get a really neat 3D effect. The more petals that you do need to make. There. I like that one. I'm going to just blow some air here because I've got another petal kinda forming a little bit. And I'm going to put another drop of ink here, let it sit in. And again, same thing. Blow it out from the edge. Now sometimes the inks going to not go where you want it to go, and you're just gonna have to work with that. So in this case, that's happened to be in, I just mean the pedal a bit more wholesome. Okay. So let's just keep going around with her pedals. And you'll see how these just keep forming. Now, if you want them to be more eerie, you just have to add more ink. Those three drops of ink will make a really nice flower all round with, without having to add more ink. But if you do want more of a two tone flower, you could add a second color, of course, and creed. Second, second color. So we'll just keep doing this. And you can see as you go around and you let it, let it so Cannes, hopefully you guys can see that. Okay, I'm not getting too much in the way of the camera, but you just keep blowing. And I'm going to turn this around a little bit so I can work with the teaser to spray out than in, in the pedal. So that's going to go into the leaves that I made a little bit, but that's fine. There's no right or wrong here. This is just what this is part of going with the flow and letting the ink, letting the ink becomes its own idea. Because if you try to control the ink too much, you get frustrated. That's actually one of the great things about this medium is you just let go and let the medium, but the medium do its thing. So I'm just gonna go around one more time and create a bit. Or 3D effect with the paddles. So you can see, I've put it down a little bit bigger drought the VMM can that creates a bigger Baker pedal. And you just keep doing this around and around, but you see how you're getting now. That kind of 3D effect of the flower. And this is how you keep adding to the depth of the fire. Now you can add white on top. And that gives a little bit different effect. There's a snow, snow cap weighted then just pure white. And again, you get you get a little bit different impacts. I just want a little bit to go out there. And then the other piece that you can think about is where you have these darker bits of ink. You can see there, there's actually more ink, so there's more aimed to saturate and are seemingly around. Okay, some pretty soon it's going to get that out. Pretty happy with that. I got a nice center going and now I'm gonna do, I'm gonna do the pink. So same thing with the pink. I would say what you're going to find here and I just want to show you how this works. I won't do the whole pink for the video. But how this does work is it, it does blend into the blue of it. So you're going to get, again, a different kind of purple, a fact going with the blues. So if you don't want that, you have to spread your flowers out more so they don't interact. Because again, colored theory, these inks are going to react with each other. That's part of the really cool thing about the medium. Now, the pink itself is a bit lighter colors, so you can get an actually a bit more voiced speech. We as speed look to the flower because it's lighter. So with the kopecks inks, there's a lot more muted colors you can choose from. And whereas I find the Ranger in the Jaccard and debris Reese, all have much brighter tones. And it's harder to get the more subtle, subtle effects by it. I know other artists feel it's possible, I just find it easier to buy those coping. So if I want something a bit more muted, so I'll come back in a minute once I have this finished and short. Okay, so I've added a little bit more to this. You can see a finished off the pink flower, hoping you can see that, okay, and see how it's moved around. And I finish off The Blue Flower and I also added a bit more full edge on the bottom. I usually find with green, I like to have two tones to the green. And then when I add the embellishment to it, it actually works quite well. So the next step will be to create the flower's center. We just have to let this dry a little bit and then I'll show you how to add some neat additional embellishment to create the leaves a bit more. And there's two ways to do that. I'll show you with both paintbrush as well as with with using the Jelly Roll pens. Ok. Toxin. 7. Lesson 7 Alcohol Ink Flower Step #3 Making the Center : Okay, so I've added a little bit more to this. You can see a finished off the pink flower, hoping you can see that, okay, and see how it's moved around. And I finished off The Blue Flower and I also added a bit more full edge on the bottom. I usually find with green, I like to have two tones to the green. And then when I add the embellishment to it, it actually works quite well. So the next step will be to create the flower Center. We just have to let this dry a little bit and then I'll show you how to add some neat additional embellishment to create the leaves a bit more. There's two ways to do that. I'll show you with both paintbrush as well as with with using the Jelly Roll patents. Okay, so the next step we're gonna do is create a center. And what I like to do is I like to use really a jelly real pen and also a Sharpie. And I like to use a black Sharpie or even sometimes the black micron pins. So the first thing I'm gonna do is I want to, if you want to create more of a 3D effect and you want to also think about where the light's coming in. On the center. I sometimes will work with the shape of the center, either creative, full-on or kind of at an angle. In this case, I can kind of see this as a bit of an angle. So I'm going to start creating some dots. Just to create, you know, how do I want this center to look, right? And I'm going to have this center come up a bit on this side. So maybe I'm going to go a bit like this, so it's a bit more rounded on the top. We'll try this out and see you can always correct this kinda thing. It's not hard, so I just start putting a whole bunch of weight. Sometimes I'll make a few bigger ones just to vary it. And this is a bit of the patient process because you just have to keep, keep creating. Now some people would use the snow cap or the ink. I find, I get a little bit more controlled, consistent approach using then Jelly Roll pen. But it just depends like what you wanna do. And again, we can't really do this a wrong way. Like there's not a right or wrong here. Some things in life there's right and wrong but not with this. So we just keep adding the, the center and we keep adding dots to the center. So I'm gonna keep doing this on. I'm going to let that dry just a little bit. And then over here, I'm gonna do this center because I actually have kind of a natural fairly. I'm street on flower. This flower is going to be a little bit more straight on. So I'm going to try and create more of a rounded effect in the center. And so you'll see the difference between making your rounded effect look a little bit higher over on this end versus a street on effect. So again, the pain is going to pick up a little bit more of the white furnace. The blue does too. If you don't want your center picking out the color, underlying color, you can put a Kamar varnish just on the center area and then and then do the center. I just sometimes don't like, especially on stone paper The Because a Kamar varnish kinda shows. And I prefer, so I'd kinda, I don't mind that it get a little bit of pink in the longer run. So I'm gonna, I know I'm going to want the Center a bit bigger. So I'm going to make a few of the center one's a bit bigger because it's going to give it more of a 3D effect. Okay? So we'll just do this a little bit. So nothing in this case, I'm wanting this to stand out kinda more to this side. So I'm going to add more white on this side that that is going to stand out a bit more kinda. This moon shape here is what I'm going for. So you can see this is an approach to creating, creating the Center. Now this goes, you have to keep going for quite a while to get the center how you want it to be. But I'm just gonna first, I probably, if I wasn't teaching this class, I'd add a little bit more white and I will show you the finished and result. But I'm just going to, just for the sake of the class, show you a little bit more what just the impact of adding even just a little bit of black does. So it immediately, the flower starts to stand out more once you add even just a little bit of black. Now you can do this with Sharpie or with the Micron pens. There's again, no no right or wrong. I also have some alcoholic sorry, alcohol-based pins that I bought in and big case on wish. Those are also good, but they're Copic does also make alcoholic pens and they really, again are the best. So again, I'm gonna put some black in here to create this effect, but I don't want as much black in the center because I want more black at the edges because that's how I'm gonna differing cheat the perception of depth in the center. Because the more the white kind of basically simulates a light source. And so you kinda wanting the Center to come up the most. And then that's going to give it more of a 3D effect. In this case, I'm going to want more black on this part of them. Moon shape. A little bit in here is okay. But I want to keep this side more weight. So I'm going to put more black over on this side. Sorry, I hope you can see that on this side to give it more depth. So I'm gonna keep working on these centers and show you the outside, but I think you get the idea. You then can interchange the way with the black and just really start filling in more and angle from there. Like if you do end up wanting your center to have a bit more color because some centers do have yellow, you could add yellow, right? You have to be careful with some colors though, because color theory still applies. And you're going to have the same impact, you know, purple and yellow MY Brown. So you have to be wanting Brown to be the color that will become right and you may or amino on that. If he put yellow on here, you're going to end up with the green center, which you may not want a green center. So these are just things to think about as you work through on this one though, you can add, you can add more blue to allow the blue to come out on the dark rather than just black. And that will, you can see that starts to darken up this side and this is making this side look a little more standout. So I'm gonna keep working away on this because it's pretty boring to just watch me make dots. But you can see the concept and just have fun with it. And there's no right or wrong, he can't do this wrong. And then the next step is I'll show you how to work with the leaves. And these techniques are applicable regardless, I'm sorry, excuse me. Regardless of whether you're doing abstract or you're trying to make something a little bit more realistic like this. 8. Lesson #8 Alcohol Ink flower Step #4 Making the Background : We're now, as you can see, I've now managed to get the center is kind of the way I was discussing. One thing, Tim, you know, as I was doing this, I was thinking some things I've learned the hard way. Depending on the thickness of your papers, like sometimes the mineral or stone paper can be quite thin. This is actually quite a thick stone paper. I can't remember the exact millimeters, but it is a bit thicker. And so it's you do have to be a little bit careful about how much pressure you put on the paper. But I like how these centers have turned out and I'm going to live with them. This is one of those things you can keep going and going like even trying to get this centered, not look quite so circular and a little bit more gradual. But then, you know, you have to put more weight in the center to make it stand out so it can it can get a little obsessive. I would just say like, again, there's no right or wrong. It's just what effect you're going for. I'd probably like how the blue, this blue one turned out a bit better. And I did add a little bit of black on this end gene that wasn't there, just to give it a bit more of that shaded effect. So what I'm gonna do next is just show you a little bit what I do to enhance the the leaves. And I think I'm first going to show you method with a method with the paintbrush. Because basically what you can do is just take a little, put a little bit, appear alcohol on your brush. And what you'll see is how this will interact with the leaves. So now I purposely wanted my leaves to look like they were above. But you see how just the plain alcohol ink is reacting with the ink and you can start brushing in using any type of brush you're used to using and creating some nice leaf effects. You can also create kind of a, you know, just a kind of feeling of with speed. Grass leaves or pieces of grass stems. But also like the more the more alcohol you put on the brush, and the more you let the alcohol said, the more it will also move it around. So I'm going to try and get a bit of a leaf there. Because see, see how this leaf has now dried. I'm hoping you can see that effect, but you, you basically can using, using the little bit the shapes that form naturally from blowing around. You can also create some leaves here, like this one. I want to create quite a big leaf because it's going to then become very obvious that that is what that is. But I do wanna kinda just work with what's there. Because I don't want to create more of the blue, blue to go away. So I'm going to just play with this a little bit. So that's one way you can create leaves. And blending in with the inks as the, I think one of the things about alcohol things is you do want to kinda work with what's there. You don't want to like you. I mean, people do use alcohol to paint very realistic, you'll see on Instagram. But I think one of the unique things and I've done it myself, but one of the really unique things about alcoholic drink is that you can kind of work with what happens. So I try and tend to work with the shapes that naturally occurred with because then every painting and become so unique. And I think that's one of the cool things about being. So as you see, as I, as I start to work with it, I'm not going to have any thing necessarily specific, but I am going to create these effects that give me sort of these leaf looking shapes. You can just put the ink down and move it around too, by the way. And you don't because the inkwell still react with what's there. Like you see, I've basically been able to get rid of that finger completely by so if you don't like the fingers, you can just apply the alcohol there and use the brush to move it around. But it's still looks kinda nicely abstract and unique without getting, getting too precise. So I wouldn't worry about being too precise. I don't think that's what the look on going for here. But, you know, if that was a look you wanted, of course, precise is completely an option. So you'll see as you work with ink, with the brush, you kinda get these neat effects that are very, you know, each unique and something that is a lot of fun to work with. So I'm going to just work this a little bit more. And then I'm going to show you next how to apply the Jelly Roll pen to create more of the, the effect with the leaves. I wanted to show you something you can do with a Sharpie if you want to add a bit more, because foliage usually has a number of different colors in it. And so one of the things about Sharpies is they are actually ink with alcohol in it. And so you can just create something like that. Put a little bit of alcohol on your brush. And if you start moving that around, you'll see with the paintbrush, you're gonna get these nice leaf effects that you see. So I've just added in, you know, a few bit more texture into a few of the spots. I don't wanna go too crazy because I'm just. Trying to add a little bit of depth to the leaves themselves and give a bit of an effect that creates some uniqueness. Like I use this green, but I also how kind of blue-green. So I'll probably just add a couple more of those just to give a little bit of a different effect again. Again, you want to be careful when you're putting the Sharpie on because especially with and on paper, a wheel so kin to the paper. So you'll see, depending see how you have those lines, you may or may not like that. I kind of like the effect of it, but it does create a little bit different feel. So what I'm gonna do now is just leave that because I think we've done enough with the with the actual leaves. And the next thing we're gonna do is start adding some Jelly Roll pin. So the general pens I like I said, are on, I usually work with an eight. So this is this is a 08, but they come in 105. I have many, many different many different sizes of them. But we're gonna, we're gonna do a little bit with the white and also a little bit I think with green. So we'll just see how it looks. So what I'm gonna do is show you, if you can, once the Incas GI is add now sometimes you have to kinda clean off the end of the white, but you can start adding some texture in here. And in this case, what am I gonna do? I'm gonna just go like this and add a little bit of depth to this leaf. Nothing too crazy, gives a bit of a feel. Same thing here. I'm going to just add in some lines. And sometimes I might do that type of leave for I might do more of leave for we're having it look like it's kinda going off more to one side, which kind of creates a bit more angles to the approach. Same thing here. You might, you might want to do a very variegated leaf. So lots of choices. I quite often make leaves that are and this style where you're, you're making the shape go to the one side. So there's lots of different choices, but I think this adds a dimension to the leaves. And then sometimes I might say, you know, do something that works more with the shape that's actually in the, in, that naturally came before I started adding leaves to it. You know, I might, I might just do these darker shapes and leave them dark. And then I will create more texture. In the leaves and keep doodling away until I'm happy with where the leaves end up. And what it does is it kind of gives a bit more depth and three-dimension 2e to the leaves. And there's lots of you can create a different effect in different dimensions even to the leaves. And sometimes you might eat, but sometimes you might eat, put something on a leaf and you like, oh, I didn't really like that, are or that. So what you can do is just add some alcohol ink to a brush actually. And so just put the alcohol ink on the brush. And if you can see me doing that with the pipette, and if you take it to the spot where you didn't like the ink and you put that on there, it's going to react with the ink. And really almost weigh boat why you're done now you have a tiny bit, but you might actually laid that little diluted effect that's created. So I'm gonna also get rid of this line because I don't really love it. But, you know, there's still a little bit there. So just gives you that faint idea while the leaf. So I'm gonna add a little bit more weight to a few of these spots. Like sometimes also what I would do, his all add little kinda doodles to connect the, connect the different pieces together, which gives it a different effect. Or I may put in kind of like an idea of grass or dandy lion pieces coming off or just fuzz. So different effects you can do. And really there's no right or wrong. I, I kind of threw a lot of doodling like using up entire booklets, To be honest. I created some doodle concepts that I like to work with. But there's lots of different artists to get inspiration from. As far as I know, no one owns or trademarks any certain doodles. So I think it's like a universal thing that people can figure out how to make shapes, but perhaps be cautious because I don't know for sure. And really you just keep working it until you're comfortable with what you've done. So I'm going to actually finish off the leaf area and then I'll show you what it looks like at the end. And then I think the final piece of this class that I'm gonna do is just show you how to work with them italics, because lots of people are always interested in how to make the metallic look. Ok, thanks. Okay, so this is the final view of what it ended up looking like. For the leaves. I didn't have to be using three different Jelly Roll pens in the end, I use white and green metallic. And you can see, I just started like some dear friend details. The metallic has a bit of a feel to it. And I I went with what I felt would make the most sense. But I think overall, I like Yo come and once its frame, it will actually look quite lovely probably in an eight by ten Matt. So I hope you had fun following along and love to see your your versions of the assignment, paint your art owed on, paint underscore your Arno, You are on insta and look forward to seeing your versions of this. And we just have one last bonus piece where I'm going to show how to use the metallic ps with the ink and then you made it through the paint your art out B6, alcohol in class. So look forward to getting to know a bunch of you. The track.