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Alcohol Ink - Beginner Sunset Silhouette Seascape Project - Bold Colors

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Alcohol Ink Seascape Introduction


    • 2.

      Your Seascape Project


    • 3.

      Alcohol Ink Seascape Materials


    • 4.

      Bloom control with inks


    • 5.

      Blending solution vs Isopropyl Alcohol


    • 6.

      Seamless wet in wet background


    • 7.

      Textured background


    • 8.

      Tree details


    • 9.

      Project: Background (Wet in Wet) Work fast


    • 10.

      Project: Alcohol Ink Seascape Final Steps


    • 11.

      Seascape Outro Thank you!


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About This Class

"Seascape Magic for Alcohol Ink Beginners"

If you love beautiful sunsets and water, this is a great way to explore color.

This is a great beginner course and perfect for those that have not used alcohol inks much or want to learn to paint beautiful skies with fine details.

This class was created to help you work with alcohol inks in a loose way,'ll also be creating some little details along the way! 

Geared toward beginners or crafty creatives that are looking for a quick art outlet.


  • Basic Alcohol ink materials (use any brands).
  • Quick tips pouring wet backgrounds with alcohol inks. 
  • The Download/printable PDF supply list is included below.
  • Alcohol Ink Guide for Beginners

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If you are ready to explore this painting, then let's jump in!

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1. Alcohol Ink Seascape Introduction: Hi there Kelly. Here today I want to show you how to create stunning, colorful alcohol ink, seascape. I'm Kelly chassis. I am a full-time artist. I started with alcohol inks in 2012 and I was looking for something that would that real vibrant look to it because I wanted to be able to have it move more like watercolors. In my biggest thing was I couldn't figure out what to use them on. I was trying different types of substrates with alcohol inks and it took me awhile to figure out what they worked on. If you are just learning alcohol inks, this is like perfect beginner class for you. It's a seascape. A beautiful seascape is super easy, and this is under 20 minutes. So I'm going to cover the materials in the course with you. But if you don't have any art panels, which is what I'll be working on today. You can use the pulp paper, you can use tiles, you can use any basic non porous surface if you're new to alcohol inks, there's also an alcohol ink community that I'm part of them, one of the moderators and I've been there ever since the very beginning. And there's also a free guide that they give away that really covers everything needs to know about alcoholics. So if you're ready, let's get started. 2. Your Seascape Project : So for your project, we are going to be completing in this course, seascape in a very short period of time. And I would love to see your projects, so feel free to post them in here. And if you want some feedback, I'd be happy to offer that to you as well. The biggest challenge will be the dry time when you're working with alcohol inks, I will be using the art panels again, you can use U-boat paper or so other substrate, a tile, something to that effect. And because we'll be doing a very wet and wet background, the next step is going to be to add trees. And to do that, you will want your background completely dry before putting in the dark trees over the top of that beautiful background that you poured. My recommendation is especially if you're brand new to alcohol inks, watch this entire project all the way through from the beginning to the end before you actually start on your project. And that way you'll have a better understanding of when is my ink dry enough? When can I begin to paint my trees without losing a lot of the shape, they'll tend to bloom on you if it's too wet. And we're going to talk a little bit more about dry time. And we'll be going over how to paint your trees in a quick separate practice session. So if you've never posted a project before it, let's just show you how to do that real quick. All you have to do is go to your main page here and it shows projects and resources. And it has a little green button down here on the right-hand side that says Create, Project. Click that green button. It will take you to a cover image so you can upload your image here from your computer or from your iPhone or your phone or desktop. Then you want to just go ahead and put your project title in here. So alcohol ink, seascape. Seascape by your name Kelly, you can put your last name in there if you want to. And then down below that, it's got a little description box basically. So here you can put in and you know, if you use special types of paints, if you use different pens, if you use different inks and what I use are different substrates. And then below that, it's got a little section here, a box that you want to make sure it's unchecked will make the project private. If you want me to be able to see it, you want other students to be able to see it makes sure that box is not checked unless you do not want others to see it, then check that box. And then down below, in the bottom here, you can add any skill tags such as alcohol, ink, alcohol painting, seascape painting, kelly chassis. If you're going to go back and search for the project under my name. So any type of tags that you feel would work with your painting, abstract art, what have you? And then once you're done that, then head back up to the top right and click that green Publish button. And then you will find your project and all of your information listed underneath on the page. And I do want you to know that I really enjoy taking a look at what you've done and I look at each one of those projects that you post and I always try to give a comment. 3. Alcohol Ink Seascape Materials : Hi there Kelly. Here today I want to show you how to create stunning colorful alcohol ink seascape. So first of all, let's take a look at what we need for supplies. You need alcohol inks. I'm gonna be using the T-Rex starter kit. It's the 12th P Started kit. And these colors are in there. It's Bellini orange, dragon fruit pink, and glacier blue. I also have some arranger alcohol ink blending solution that's going to help keep the inks a little bit wet longer, give me a little bit more time before they start to dry. Then instead of pupil paper, I'm gonna be using masterpieces, alcohol ink, art panels, and a size five by eight. And these come in a set of three. And you can actually work on both sides of these. I have a flat wash brush, just a small one. Something to help you move the ink Salon. This one has a nice edge to it so it makes it a little easier to work with. And since we're working with alcohol inks, I just use some nylon brushes or some synthetic brushes that aren't too expensive. This one's made by SNR and it comes in a little kit. I also have some 91% isopropyl alcohol. And I liked this little container because I can just pop it open and push on the top of it. Just get a little bit of alcohol and then we'll kinda sit in this little tray here. So it's great for cleaning your brushes or for lightening some of your ink if you need it to lighten. And that way it just sits on the top. You use what you need or clean your brush and then close that up and it won't evaporate while it's sitting there. And this actually is a container that they use for nail polish remover usually works great. Then the last two things you'll need is some black T-Rex ink space black and also a very small detail brush. Something like no size one or a 0 works really well. Again, use something that's fairly inexpensive. You can just add the ink directly to the brush. We start to do the details, but what I like to do is get myself a pallet or these disposable egg crate work. A wonderful Where are we pouring some of that ink in there and letting it dry and thick and just a little bit. So when we go to add the details, it won't be quite as wet because that's what's going to make your alcohol inks bloom and you can see that tree on the right hand side, that one blooms. So when it's dry or it's not going to bloom quite as much. So we'll talk about that a little bit. So let's get started. 4. Bloom control with inks: Alright, Before we begin, I wanted to practice a little bit with you. These alcohol inks are one of those things it's interesting to work with because the dryer it is, the less anxious you're going to move. So we want to test the waters a little bit. So you have just a couple of colors of ink. So I'm going to use a yellow so it's nice and bright and you can see it. I'm also going to use the space black. This is what we're going to use for our trees. It's a great way to practice before you actually do your project. I've also got some alcohol here and I've got some blending solutions. So we're going to try both of these app as well. Can I have a crate? This is what we're going to pour inks into. And I'm gonna do that right now to start putting a few drops of that black in here. Now you can see that the black is very wet. And as you let that sit and dry a little bit, it's going to become thicker. What happens is the alcohol in their dissipates, which just leaves you with the dye, will let this sit just like with watercolors, but let that sit for a long period of time. It's going to dry right out. Now with inks, that dry time is a lot quicker than dry time using watercolors. So as you can see, as I move this around, it's already beginning to thicken. The alcohol is already beginning to dissipate, and that's going to get thicker and thicker. Depending on where you are in the countries. This could be quicker or it could be slower. So you have to look at your environment and see what your environment is going to do with inks. It's only been a short period of time since we've been talking and you can see us getting thicker and thicker. As I move that around to the outside. That is going to dr and quicker is gonna get a little bit more air in there. So I'm going to let that sit aside. And I'm using narrow papers. Remember if you don't have the masterpiece art panels, this is a narrow paper. This is actually from my alcohol ink art journal, which is part of the alcohol ink Art Society. They did a little special name with now our paper, and this was a little booklet that they offered. So I want to show you here I've got my little brush. Let's pull the Inca side and as you can see, it's still wet, still moving. As I test that, there's no inks down there. So this is, I can make some nice fine lines. It's not going anywhere. I can go very, very skinny. I can push down, go thick. I'm using a very small brush. This is the number one rigor. Alright, let's do the same thing. Again. This is still drawing as I'm doing this. Let's put a little yellow down here, a little Bellini orange. And I'm just going to take my finger and just slightly move that around. That's still wet. I'm going to take this black that is wet and I'm going to rob it in here and see, oh, I'm trying to paint a tree, It's not going to happen. You see how the ink in that black color just move throughout that whole area. Completely different than it did over here. Again, this is on dry. This is on wet. Let's do a second one. With this ink. I'm going to spread that out even more with my finger. I want this to be pretty dry. I'm going to let that dry a little bit. What I'm gonna do is I'm going to take that puddle again. It's still wet in there. Welcome to the outside. This is already starting to dry a little bit more. Let's go right into the middle, get the big soppy wetness. But a drop-down here. Again, you can see that is just bursting. Look at that. This is really wet. So let me draw that brush off a little bit and take up most of the pigment. When it come down onto the side where this is more dry. I'm going to test that same same amount in here. A little look at that. So you can see now it's still moving a little bit, but it's nowhere near the balloon that I get with this one. Let's air dries a little bit more. This ink is now starting to dry a little bit more. Again, this is real time so you can see the difference. Let's try it again. Now look at the difference between this one, this one, and this one. Again, it's not moving a whole lot. If I'm trying to do my little tree, I can still see you ever, it's blooming a little bit. But that is pretty good. It's really starting to dry. If I dip into the middle of this where it's really wet again and try to make my tree. So again, now this might be dried, the yellow underneath or the orange underneath, but this is still quite wet. So that's still going to, still going to move in bloom a little bit more. So this has a little bit of blooming. You can see that it's not a real sharp, sharp line. This is getting a little sharper over here. Look at that. This is really dry over here. Little wetter down here. See that's what I want when I'm doing my trees. I want that to be that dry. And you see the difference between this one and this one. So let's just put another one right in here because this should be nice and dry. Now, you can see that line is not moving, it's not getting this little bloom, so to speak on the outside of it. Then if I want to paint my little trees in here now, again, this isn't really wet. I'm using just a little bit of that wet ink and is pushing it up onto the side, drying it out a little bit on the side area here. You can see that I'm getting perfect little lines in here. There's no none of this blooming timing is everything when you're working with alcoholics. So you can see with our first one that we did just bloomed out everywhere. It's out of control. This was pretty easy because even going with wet ink onto regular paper, it's got nothing really there to bloom on because you're only dealing with one color. But as soon as you put alcohol ink down and try to place it on top of it, you can see there is a big difference. Alright, so this is now almost dry in here. It's getting thicker and thicker. And if I let that sit for even longer, that is going to dry rate out. So let's go into this one. This is taking my brush, what I had on there. I'm just going to let that swirl around and I'm going to let that dry. 5. Blending solution vs Isopropyl Alcohol : Let's go into this one. This is taking my brush what I had on there. I'm just going to let that swirl around. Then we'll let that dry. Okay, so I'm back. This is pretty dry on here. You can see they're not getting much of anything. Because I moved my brush around. It's pretty sticky. Nothing's happening. I'm not getting much on my brush at all. Okay? Now I can add some blending solution to that to reactivate. So again, this is like watercolors and the fact that if you add water to watercolors, they're going to reactivate. If I add blending solution to alcohol inks, just a drop in there. You can see that that is again reactivating it. So once again, I can reactivate. It may be a little bit lighter. The lending solution that you use, depending on how much, just like the amount of water that you use with watercolor, it's going to thin that pigment out. Same thing happens with your alcohol inks. You can thin that out and get a really nice light gray. So we just take what's on my brush here and we're blending solution to that. Wipe off most of my black because black is a very strong color anyway. Mix up some of that blending solution with my alcohol inks. Be careful because it does flatter. The nice thing about narrow paper, you can wipe off the inks and you saw that I almost wiped most of that off. So this is gonna be much lighter now. I can get a nice light gray making a little tree. We're also practicing trees on this as well as practicing dried time. So again, very light. This is going to sit like this for a little while because I blending solution is going to keep that a wet for a longer period of time. And we're gonna do that same thing. Get a little bit of this. But it didn't here. This is really nice and thick over here now. Very dry again, perfect time to create your trees. That is like you can almost write. With that. Now, I'm going to use some of that black and this one. But this time instead of blending solution, I'm going to use a little bit of alcohol. Let's just pour a little bit in here. I don't want too much. Again, it's going to be similar to the blending solution. The more alcohol you put in there, the lighter your alcohol ink color is going to be again, wipe off my brush. Let's make some of that in here. So this is the alcohol. And it's going to do basically a very similar look to it. I've got a lot of alcohol on here. So the alcohol is going to normally dry a little bit faster than the blending solution. Blending solution, we'll keep it wet a little bit longer. So if you're working with a wet and wet background and you want to make sure that it stays wet for a longer period of time. That's when you would use your blending solution. So we're going to let that dry. Now, the big difference with the blending solution and alcohol, you will find that as you tip your paper and tilt your paper sometimes depending on what kind of paper you're using, you will get a little bit more sheen and your alcohol ink so it will be shiny or on your paper with the blending solution that with the inks, with a budding solution, if you use alcohol base with your alcohol inks, tends to be a little bit more dollar, more dull, dull or a word more adult, I'm going to say more dull. So you can see the two are in here. They're both again, just sitting there kind of weight buying their time, drying out. Again, the alcohol base is going to dry a little bit quicker. And this is going to be, It's almost more syrupy. It's a little thicker. It's the best way to describe it. A little bit similar to using glycerin with watercolors. If you've ever worked with watercolor, I know I keep mirroring the two are trying to talk about. Both of them are the differences. If you've your watercolors and you've used watercolors, you probably know a little bit what I'm trying to describe here. If you've not tried watercolors or alcoholic drinks, then I'd advise you to go ahead and check out some of the watercolor classes because we talked about a few of those things in watercolors. I will show you here. Let's use a little bit of this thick black and this is quite thick and starts to how when you starts to dry and get some dry skips in here. A little alcohol to that. Look at that. I can take alcohol and just blend all of that. Again, reactivating all of that. So first things to do is to test your alcohol inks out on your particular substrate that you're using. Practice this, see what it's gonna do. Get a feel for how long it's going to take for your particular inks to dry. 6. Seamless wet in wet background: Alright, so we have practiced a little bit of the dry time, and now I want to show you how to get that real seamless looking background. So we're just going to try two different colors here. This is a glacier blue dragon fruit, fruit pink. And again, it doesn't have to be these particular inks. It doesn't have to be this particular colors. Use what you have. Because of lose a little bit darker than the pink. I'm going to start with that pink first. So obviously these two colors together, pink and the blue, are going to make a nice shade of purple in the middle. So you want to keep that in mind when you're mixing your colors. You really want to have your lighter shades in the center. If you want to do some trees that are really going to pop and stand out, and maybe some darker areas on the top and the bottom. But for this purpose, we're going to use three in the demo that I do over this one we're just going to use to just see it again. You can see how the colors are going to mix. So I'm going to start with a little bit of pink. This time I'm not going to use any blending solution. And a little bit of blue, you have to be careful some of the inks have a bigger hole on the top, so I'm going to pour out a little faster. So know your bottles that you're using, that helps. So the two of these, again, you can see how they're drying very fast or not doing a lot of mixing. So let's get them to mix together. So you might have to take your finger a little bit, bring it down the middle. I can see I can mix that nice, All those two colors together, getting a nice shade of purple. I don't want to mix too much. I just want to mix it a little bit. I can bring it down a little bit lower. You can see where this is going to drag across because again, it's on dry paper, right? So if I add a little blending solution to this, Let's do it here and we'll do it here. You can see what it does here. It's going to, you're going to lose some of that when we want to make some of those together. So this is tricky. It's not as easy as it might look. Initially. I'm just going to saphenous little bit back and forth. And you can see where I'm getting lots of blobs, lot of blotches. So I'm just gonna take my finger. I've got my purple now. Lost all those two colors. While this is wet though, I'm going to go back in with the pink. And then you can see that that's nice and blended now, rocking it back and forth. Now we can add a little bit of this blue. I'm going to rock back and forth. You can see how that's nice and smooth. Now, again, if I touch these together just really carefully because I don't want to blend all of those colors. Watching my fingers on the side, you can see where if you touch it with your glove and just rocking it back-and-forth, letting the inks move in, blend more naturally. Now if I have a third color in here, this is going to be even trickier. Began rocking it back and forth. Well again, it's wet and coming down the line of blue here. Continue to rock it back and forth. I'm going to mix some of those colors together as I'm doing that. Again, this is why we wear gloves. Taking my finger and if I need to just spreading some of that ink out, again, letting it rock back and forth. I want to make sure I cover up these areas on the side and I'm trying not to touch that. If you have a hard time with that, grab a board or something to actually tape your paper or your narrow paper. We're substrate you're using down and then you don't have to worry about that. Because as you rock it back and forth of it's on the paper, you won't get your little fingerprints on their bring that over. So you can see. And I might want to add a little bit more pink here again, going into that blue a little bit, because it's going to blend a little bit. And I can take my finger before it dries. Come up here and soften some of that. I'm going to take these off here. I'm going to use this little cardboard that I have here as a way to move that back and forth. I don't have to touch the edges here. Let's take some practice. And I do want to show you as this starts to dry, you're going to lose some of that movement. If you continue to work at back-and-forth, see how my fingers coming through here and it's actually creating a little bit of texture in there. So you don't get that smooth, seamless look that way. So the trick is to pour your colors in rock back and forth and just set it down and let it do its thing. So again, we have some pretty colors and I'm only using two colors here. So when you start to use three, it's a little bit trickier. And again, you want to try to keep them. A separate, as you can see, you've got those three different variations in your colors. Can, if you don't want that, you want just two colors you like the blue and the pink, which make that lovely purple. There's nothing wrong with that. You can see I've got this everywhere. So it's important again to make sure that whatever you're using for your cable, that it's something that's going to clean off. You also want to make sure you have good ventilation. We talked about that before with alcohol inks. I've got my window open here. As I'm doing this. If I'm in an enclosed area and I'm not getting a good grasp razor fan that I'm going to use my mask. Okay, so you can see I've got some little textures in here. This tends to happen a little bit more with Yuko paper and paper. Any kind of Lint that you got from your paper might show up. And you can see how shiny that is with a blending solution, it's super shiny. So we had talked about dry time. So I'm going to add, this is my black ink. This is all completely dry now, all of it that we practiced, I'm going to reactivate a little bit of that, a little bit of blending solution is a great time while you're practicing your backgrounds. Again, this background is still pretty wet and test it out. What's that Black going to do? Doing pretty good. It looks more that sheen is in there and it's drier than I thought it was. So again, this is always that test. You can see it does is blooming a little bit here and get a little bit more black. And I'm making my little trees. So you can see how that bloomed right there. Again, it's quite wet. So I might wait. So you can see I drag that across there. I actually pulling some of that paint off. Wait a little bit more. I'll see it over here and see if that's going to dry or not. We'll move around a lot. So you can see that I'm making my trees, I'm just using this little tapping motion that to left tap to the right doesn't have to be perfect. A little, maybe wider at the bottom. You can have a little skinny one. Maybe he's a little straggler and doesn't have a lot of branches, but doesn't have any branches on the bottom is just at the top and it could be crooked. You can layer them. A couple of different variations of height. You'll see I keep dipping into my black. Again, testing that out so I can see this one has got a little star on the top of here. What I can do is go up a little taller as that starts to dry. Now I don't have all those little balloons in there. I can fix that, go right up over it, give myself some more branches out here. Then that just becomes more or less the background of that tree. Then I can add a couple more in here, but I want to, you can see as I'm making those trees is just a really quick squiggly motion. Not a whole lot of perfection to these. Don't make mistake here. I just go up a little taller branches to think, don't worry about it. There's no right or wrong with trees. All my classes like what I have to reason, I say that the messy or sometimes the better. If you make a tree that's bringing it stick little, stick down, and then you try to make it perfect like this. I'm going to have those kinds of trees. But you can see how these look a little bit more natural. Just tapping it to the left. To the right. You make a tree like this. You can always go back over, mess it up a little bit. It's those perfect trees that just most trees are not perfect. We tried to pick out a tree for the holidays. You can take you a long time if you're one of those people that look for that perfect tree. Okay, So you can just kinda tuck it in there and you don't know where one ends and the other begins. Okay, So that is how you do trees and that's just an example of the background. 7. Textured background: Let's try a background now with using just alcohol. Okay, So we know what it looks like with the blending solution. And blending solution again, is very shiny and I'll show you the difference here in the inks are going to be shiny themselves anyway. The other thing I want to talk about is never makes it easier for you take your little topped off before you begin so that you can be quick to grab them. Again. Some pink, maybe some blue here. And let's add little alcohol to the center of this. And let's see if we can get some of that to bloom, rocking back and forth, left to right, some of that's going to blend in there. As you can see. If you find that colors are mixing too much, just let that pour off to the edge. Try to bring it back over. Take your finger if you need to take a brush to fill some of that in. You can see the alcohol tends to leave a little bit more of this kind of space in the middle. You can also just use more ink if you want to. I don't find alcohol to be as easy when it comes to blending colors. As blending solution is, an alcohol will dry a little bit quicker. You can see I've got some marks in here, so I tried to get it quick enough so that I'm not going to leave those little marks as it starts to dry. You can see I have a little bit mark here. A little bit of a mark here. I'm not going all the way up on this one either. And then we've got some excess here on the edge. You can just kinda wipe that off and let that continue to rock back and forth. Okay, so what you don't want to do now is this this starts to dry. You can see I'm not getting any movement now. The edges of that are dry. When it's really difficult to do is try to go back in with some more color. If I go back in with this pink, you can see how blend is going to reactivate that other ink. Sometimes it can leave a line there. So that's what you see when you do your background. Try to do a single pore. Unless you feel like you need a little bit more texture in there, then you can wet the whole thing and start over again. Or that could be where your treeline is going to be. So you're not concerned about it. But you can see that you have a little bit more markings in here. It's not quite as seamless and blended. Let's go up here, do the same thing. We're mixing it a little bit in here, trying to reactivate some of it. Can take your finger. Let's just go all the way up here. Get all that blue in there. It and again in here, you can see where you're getting that more defined area. Where it's not blending, this is dry. This is wet to get that line in there. This is not enough that it's not pretty, It's just a little bit less seamless than the other way. But if I take my finger and drag it across here, let's see if we can reactivate some of this kind of wedding, the whole area. And this takes practice. It's not easy. I am getting some texturing here now. I can see how this is wet enough. Is it going to move? Let's see. It might be okay, but again, it's not that seamless blend. I've got a little bit more texture. This looks like clouds, so it's still very pretty and there's nothing wrong with that. Just depends what look, you're like. This one is more seamless. This one has a little bit more texture in here. And again, practicing that wetness. Wet is your ink because it's going to bloom still. And if I go in here, ooh, look at that, blooming quite a bit. This obviously is not dry enough. You'll find that what I do is I'll go in and test this area as I blooming and just make a little dot. Okay, Am I ready to go? Can I, can I put a tree in here yet? Without it blooming everywhere? And even if I do, it's okay. If you make mistake and you feel like it's blooming too much, just put it in there. Then as that starts to dry, you'll be able to add some more details over the top of this. So then this, this blurry one here, this one has moved on you a lot, is going to become more of a background tree. You can see how these are a lot blurrier than what these are. This was more dry. I'm gonna let that dry for a second here. And then we're gonna go back over it with a little bit more dry ink. 8. Tree details : So it's pretty much dry and I'm going to again show you the difference. You can see this is a little bit shinier. This one has a little bit more dull area where the alcohol is. Now, my black ink again is a little bit thicker. Still got some of that blending solution in there. But are my background is dry now, so this is dry, this is still wet. Again. We've tested it, test it out, make sure that you've got the right amount of dryness. And let's go ahead and place a tree in here. Now. I'm messing tap to left, tap to the right. And you can see I'm not getting any movement anymore. Because how much blurrier this one is, this is a little bit sharper. And that's when I can go over these areas. Maybe pop in a few more trees over those in-between so I can get a little bit more of that sharp, sharper detail. Bring it up maybe a little bit taller than a few more details in here. And then it lists, looks less blurry that way. Another thing you can do is use a alcohol, mercury, or a Sharpie, a permanent marker. You can also use things like Micron pens, things like that. And it's easier if you're painting is dry because sometimes the alcohol can actually gum up the top of your pen. Then you can bring in my pen going, they're bringing in a few details with your pen if you want. And it's still a little sticky, maybe. Probably wait a little bit longer. As I'm trying to use my sharpie. But you can see you can get some nice fine details on the tops of your trees if you need to with a Sharpie. Okay. That's another little handy, handy tool that you can use. Alright, so we don't want you to do is practice some of your backgrounds, practice your trees a little bit. And then we're going to start our final project. Make sure to watch it all the way through. That'll be very helpful, I think for you. And then dive into your final piece. If you feel like you need to practice some more, just grab either a tile, some UBO paper, some narrow paper. If you have the art panels, those white bright off so you can reuse those in practice at a couple of times if you need to. But I like to cut my little pieces of paper separately or four-by-four tile works great. And you can do some practicing, wiping it off and then doing it a few times until you're comfortable. 9. Project: Background (Wet in Wet) Work fast : Hi there. We're going to start with our background first. If you are brand new to alcohol inks, you may want to watch this all the way through to the end before you actually start to pour your inks because they do dry very fast. So the art panels are ready to use. You can use acrylic paints with this mixed media, but it's mainly made for alcohol inks. It's a little bit of a texture to it is non porous. And the vinyl, I guess it's supposed to extend the open time for alcohol inks and give you a little bit more time so they kinda float on the surface, the lift you can do layers with this. So it gives a nice luminous quality. And it is vinyl mounted on MDF with a pH neutral glue. So the vinyl is a moisture barriers. It's going to keep that panel nice and flat. And as I said, it's actually two-sided. So you could technically do two paintings and flip it over and share another one. And these are Greeks will fit right into a frame the way it is, as long as you feel your alcohol inks on the top, you are good to go, but even if you don't seal it, it's okay. Just make sure you keep it out of direct sunlight and don't get anything alcohol based on it because the alcohol will react alcohol inks. Okay. So we aren't talking about the colors. I'm going to use the Bellini orange first. Then I'm going to add a little bit of the dragon fruit, pink beside it. And then we're going to add the glacier blue on top of that. So those two together will mix and make a really pretty purple shade. The alcohol inks have a nice tip to it. So I actually just touched that tip rate to the panel, just give it a nice squirt across the top. Then I'm going to add a little bit of that blending solution to help my, help my alcohol ink stay wet a little bit longer. While I blend some of these together. You just pick it up and do a little bit of rocking motion. You can see it's nice and wet. It's moving across to you really nicely. You do want to make sure that you, I'm bringing your inks all the way out to the edges. So if you need to use your brush just to fill that in a little bit to make sure that you've got it all the way to the edge. That will be very helpful because it's really hard to get that seamless look when you go back in with alcohol inks, you can see I have a little bit of excess here. I'm just dabbing some of it off because I'm gonna be putting my pink in there. I don't want to turn all orange because that pink is going to blend right in there if there's too much. So we're going to add a little bit of that dragon fruit, pink, right up above the top of the yellow or the orange, blending orange and across the bottom, I call a yellow. I mean, it's kind of an orangey yellow almost like a cad yellow. Again, just touching that tip rate to it, I have a little bit of a whitespace there, but watch when we tilt this up and move that around, some of that's going to blend. So I'm tilting to the left and tilting to the right. And it's I don't want this to go up or down. I just want them to go from side to side. Look at that, how that just beautifully blends together in there. You don't want to overdo it too much because, because then you'll have everything all blended together and it will just be a real vibrant orange. So you want to keep those somewhat separate. Again, just make sure you bring all of your inks to the edge of your art panel. Now we're going to add the glacier blue to the top. I'm starting with a thin line here because I'm not quite sure how much that's going to move. I do not have any blending solution on this portion of it. So I'm going to use my brush just to move that around a little bit. I'm trying to see what color I'm going to get when I mix those two. You can bring that blue all the way down to the bottom. You can see that that's going to dry a lot faster because I have no blending solution in there. And I may have to go back and add a little bit more blue or pink to this. We'll see how this goes. So I've got a little bit of a whitespace here, see if we can fill that in again, because it's alcohol ink is going to derive very, very fast. I'm gonna go just kiss that little line right where they meet. I'm going to tip this and see what we get. So you can see a lovely shade of purple at that makes tilt it back and forth. It's already starting to dry down on the bottom. So I'm pretty sure I'm gonna have to add a little bit more to that. Again, while this is all what we wanna do this while this is wet or else it will start to leave these little marks. It's already doing it a little bit in the blue here where that's dried. I'm going to let this run a little bit this way, tilt it back the other way. I'm going to have to add a little bit more ink to this because I can see it's drying up near the bottom. And I want this more seamless. You can see it is by holding down some of that purple is going to come down into that lighter area. So let's go ahead and add a little bit of pink up here, get a little bit more purple in here. Like the purples and the orange and the yellows. Such a pretty sunset color. And a little more blue while again, while it's all wet. And I think that's gonna do I think we're going to have enough ink there this time. Take your finger and just drag it across if you need to or your brush. You just want to make sure you get that all the way over. Do you see a little problem with this little spot here where that blue came down? So I'm going to tilt it and see if I can get some of that ink to move. If I can't, we'll just hide that with a tree. You don't want to go back in and touch it because if you do, it's going to balloon even more. So you're better off if you've got a little spot that you don't like, just hide it with something else, a tree, a bird, something like that. Try and see if I can get it to move a little bit further, but that is pretty much dry on the bottom there. So we're going to have to just go with the situation. So do have a couple of little spots of white I see on the side here. So let's just take the brush and see if we can move that over just really carefully again, I don't want to make too much of a movement over here. A little bit of alcohol on here. Wipe that blue off and see if I can take care of that one little spot there where the yellow is, air we go touching it very, very lightly. Look at that. Isn't that beautiful? It kinda does its own thing. You don't even have to work. It's just a matter of tilting that left and right as gorgeous in through here. It looks like it's real sunset, doesn't it? So if I take my brush and I just barely touch that and try to move that off. I can clean it off a little bit and lighten it. So I think that adding a tree here, if I go right down the center, almost right below it, maybe we can put a tree in there and that's going to cover that little spot up. I'm just taking my brush, just going to draw a line across here a little bit, wipe it off. That's going to be, I think where my horizon line is going to be. And then we're going to add our trees up on the top of this and some rocks may be down below. 10. Project: Alcohol Ink Seascape Final Steps : Alright, so this is dried a little bit. I've got a smaller brush now like a size one. And I have my space black. I just want to show you how tiny that is. If you have a smaller brush, even better, you'll get at something even more fine lines. So I'm gonna take that black and I just want to show you what it's gonna do in that ink is really, really wet. If I touch this and this is not completely dry back here. Boom, Do you see that bloom that, that creates? So let's kinda a good thing when we're doing a background, because I can add more trees on top. So you can see down here it's a little bit more dry. On the top there it really bloomed. We use the purple and the blue last, so that is still drawing a little bit more. Orange is really dry, so you can see down below, it's not blooming out like it was at the top. So let's go ahead and put another tree down in here. And I'm just tapping it back and forth left and right. And because that area is dry, the most part, it's staying right in place. But I kinda like that blooming look. I think that's absolutely beautiful as long as it's not too big. So I decided to get myself a little palette. And this is a great disposable pallets just from eggs. And you don't want the cardboard ones. This is a plastic tray and you can just drop a little bit of that black inside of that tray. And if you let it sit for a little bit, if your background is too wet, let it sit a little bit or just pull it off to the side, air dry and a little bit. It doesn't take very long for the ink to dry because they're alcohol-based. So you should be able to get a little bit still looming just a tiny bit here up on that top. So as that dries, it's going to leave you more with a dye and the alcohol is going to evaporate. So once the alcohol evaporates, not completely because you don't want it completely hard because then you can't lift it out with your brush. So it's kinda one of those right in the middle. You have to test it. So now I can actually paint with this. And it didn't take me very long, but I can go up into that blue, it's dry enough. And now I can put some more trees and without them a blooming everywhere. It's similar to water and watercolor. If you have too much water with your paints, it will do the same thing. And watercolor. This is alcohol-based and the alcohol will dry even faster than with watercolors. You can just, again, just air dry. I'm moving that paint from the puddle Woods is really wet up until the sides of that little egg container and letting it dry a little bit. So easily covered up that little spot that I wasn't happy with. And then we're gonna go on the other side here and we're going to create some more. So again, I am very careful when I first test it, making sure it's not going to bloom too much. In this one isn't again, it's perfect dryness, but yet still wet enough so that it's going to move and you can paint with it. If you're black does dry out. You can add just a touch of either blending solution or alcohol very little, Probably not just on the tip of your brush to reactivate some of that ink and you can continue to use it. You'll notice on the right side here it's still bloomed a little bit that black ink was still too wet. So not only do you have to worry about the background being too wet, but you also have to worry about the color that you're putting on it because they're going to reactivate double if both of them are wet. So the black is it perfect spot right now I can actually draw a little lines and printing the rocks on here now with using that black and you've seen the real-time here, how long have actually poured it into that little container? And if, if I just dip in just a little bit into that puddle of still where it's still wet and bring it out to the side where it's completely dry. I've got the perfect texture of the perfect amount of alcohol. Okay. So this is one of the things, again, you have to practice. It's one of the things that you've gotta get comfortable with. And once you do, once you get it, it's like riding a bike. You just get right back on. I'm going to add the rocks a little more here, bring this out a little bit more. We'll let that sky just kind of highlight right in there. I don't even have to fill that in with anything. It's just like they're wet rocks and it's reflecting those colors in the sky. We adding a little bit more down here. So it looks like we've got a couple of wet rocks down in the very front. Let's put one more tree in here. It up a little bit taller just so it evens it out. It brings your eye to both sides. We are painting trees and especially these are trees at IC here in Maine all the time. They're not perfect. They're out on the ocean. They've lost some branches and some limb. Some of them are really spindly. They don't all have to be perfect little trees. So just have fun with it. You can fill it in if you feel it's too thin, just paint a few more trees in there, maybe some older further away, some tall and some short ones. And there are no two trees that are just alike. That is going to be good. Maybe add a little bit more black here, just a couple of spots. We don't want it too bright in there. And maybe up at the top here. Some of this is shaded by some of the trees and we have a little bit more rock up at the top or maybe grassy areas. Okay, so now all we have to do is put a couple of more trees on this side. So because the other ones were a little bit wet still, you can see that they lightened up a little bit more. The ones on the left are really nice and black. I'm going to pop in just another one here with a few more rocks just to bring that one forward. It looks like the other ones are in behind. And then in the front. We could have left that, but I'm going to put just a few rocks up here in the front as well. Again, I've just taken that brush and just dragging it across. And the rocks almost create themselves. Look at that. Again, just sharing or letting some of that light pop in through here, maybe throw a couple of little sprigs of grass that are sticking up. Then I'm going to bring that down. And I think we are done. Quick, easy, breezy. One more tree. I love to add more trees afterwards. And again, just up in the front. So this one looks like it's closer to us and it's not as blurred as the one in the back over there. 11. Seascape Outro Thank you!: I'm so excited to see your work. Remember to post your projects down below. I have a lot of other online courses with alcohol ink. So if you're just starting with alcohol ink and this project really piqued your interest. Feel free to check out the other classes that I have here available on Skillshare. I hope you really enjoy creating what alcohol inks. It is just such a fun. Once you get started with it. It's one of the things you can use mine, so many other things you can use jewelry, you can use it in resin on metal. There's just so many opportunities with this medium. Alright. See you soon. Bye.