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Alcohol Ink on Yupo for Beginners - Create Dragonfly Painting Steps Dots and Fun!

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction on How to Paint a Dragonfly Alcohol Ink Painting on Yupo Paper


    • 2.

      Dragonfly Ink Supplies Needed


    • 3.

      Dragonfly Background


    • 4.

      Dragonfly Shape


    • 5.

      Dragonfly Shape and Wings


    • 6.

      How to create dots with alcohol ink


    • 7.

      Making changes


    • 8.

      Adding Final Details with pen and ink


    • 9.

      Damselfly painting


    • 10.

      Making a wispy look


    • 11.

      White gel pen to finalize our painting


    • 12.

      Sealing Inks so you can view them for many years to come.


    • 13.

      Display Options for your final alcohol ink art.


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Create 2 different scenes of a Whimsical Dragonfly painting using Alcohol Inks on Yupo

Alcohol Ink is an amazing art medium that is just now beginning to be noticed! In this course, you will learn what Alcohol Inks are and how I use them step by step to create 2 different styles of Dragonflies on Yupo paper!

This is a beginner art course for those of you that want to develop your skills with Alcohol Ink. I'll take you through the 2 painting styles of Dragonfly paintings step by step. 

We will cover in this course: 

1. Materials needed to create the Dragonfly Scenes. 

2. How to prepare your Yupo paper.

3. How to use a wet in wet background technique to create a smooth background. 

4. How to layer inks to make dots and using a brush for small details. 

5. How to seal the paintings.

 Plus 2 BONUS Sections

6. Displays options for tiles 

7. How to professionally frame your paintings. 

I hope you'll find this course a 5 Star rating, if not please let me know what I can do to improve to make it a better course. Feel free to find my social media platforms in the profile section. I would love to see your final paintings posted there.

Happy Painting!


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1. Introduction on How to Paint a Dragonfly Alcohol Ink Painting on Yupo Paper: Hi, everyone. Kelly chassis here from Kelly Chassis. Fine art. I'd like to show you today if you haven't already tried alcohol ink on you po paper. This is a fast, easy class that will get you started with alcohol inks and what they're all about. Today's course, when we show you how to do is this beautiful dragon fly scene And it's very fun, very colorful, very whimsical and I think you'll really enjoy it. I'm going to show you how to do this style Dragon fly. And then also I've gone ahead and showed you how to do. Ah, damn! So this one's just a little bit lighter and airier than the 1st 1 to 2 different ways to do . And also, you have to get this background in here, and we'll also be using a gel pen on this planet that I wanna have you practiced with this one to kind of get a feel for how the inks work and we'll go over things a couple of times with a dragon fly. And I'm hoping that you come and join me inside the course and will get to play and be creative and create this whimsical drag of light together and firm or Alcohol Inc or watercolor painting courses. With me, you can head over to my Web site at w w dot kelly chassis finer dot com Happy painting. 2. Dragonfly Ink Supplies Needed: All right, let's get started with our alcohol. Ain't course. This is what the alcohol inks look like. This is made by a ranger. Adirondack, which is by Jim holds, and they come in these little kids of three colors. You also come by them separately. The colors. They do a nice job putting the colors together so you can't go wrong with any of these three colors that aren't kits. So I'd advise you to pick your favorite colors, and you could see that these little bottles air small. They will last you a little while, though, depending on how much you use for your backgrounds. But their 0.5 fluid ounces and they are flammable, so they do have a warning on them. This is something I wouldn't recommend, usually with the younger kids, and it does have a warning on the label. But alcohol, ANC's based clear their permanent there very fast drying. They're a dying, and they're formulated to create colorful Polish effects on non poor services, and they give you lightened and blended, and you could remove some of the colors of the depth of the colors with the alcohol blending solution, which is what this is, and a lot of times I'll use this just for my backgrounds. And I'll use regular 91% alcohol isopropyl alcohol if I'm using it to either take out paint or if I'm cleaning my brushes. So what will be using for today's class is you po paper, and sometimes it is hard to find, but they do have them online. You could order them in these little pads. This is little five by seven, their pre cut their fairly thick. They're shiny and they have a non porous surface. So they're cut, glossy and, like if they come in this size five by seven and they also come in some other sizes, I have the larger one here, and they come in pads as well. Or you can if you really enjoy it, and you're not sure what size you want. They have the sheets that are 22 by 30 as well as full roles, which are about, I think, 60 60 yards. So there's some opportunities for some different sizes, so you could paint any size you want. But what I'm going to start with is a five by seven, because I'm gonna show you here in a eight by 10 match. So, as I said, we use 91% isopropyl alcohol, and we use 91% rather than 70%. This is it just does a nice job lifting. And if you want to use this in place of the blending solution that does a little bit better , job with the background and really what that does, is it or the blinding solution? What does is prevents it from drying really quickly on you. We'll also using a little fine detail brush. You want something with a nice point on it, so something very small and this is a zero or a size one, which would be fine. Also, you'll want some clubs because the inks, as I said, do staying. So you want something that's gonna protect your hands, and it does get a little smelly with the alcohol base. So, um, sometimes people will wear masks when they're using this if it really bothers you. But make sure you're working in a nice ventilated room or a bigger space when you're using the inks, and you also want to have either a roll of paper towels or, um, an old towel, something that you could wipe off your brush as you clean out each color with the alcohol. And sometimes I'll put a tissue down or paper towel down as I'm doing my backgrounds. And that way the excess ink and drip off onto my paper towel. And when I have here is a mat set in a backer board. And this is an eight by 10 Matt, which has an opening about five by seven and an eight by 10 backer board. And this is a nice phone board. You could really use anything for your U Po paper to tape it down onto, but I would just recommend that you do tape it down onto some things that you can turn your painting as you move along in the painting process. And then I'm using some blue painter's tape that I'll be taping down the U boat paper onto that board with, and I have two cups will be using this to Philip with the 91% isopropyl alcohol, and this is a Sharpie, a black Sharpie thes air, great to use with alcohol inks, their alcohol based, so they work very well with them and I'll use this to either sign my work or, if I have some fine detail, black lines I need to put into my painting. This is great for using and not only the black, but I'll use the white if I wanted to do some highlight areas and this is a gel pen, this one. It's made by signal, and sometimes you'll find that it gets a little gummed up with the NX. So having a extra spare piece of paper to see if you got a scribble on get that pen rolling again. It's always nice to have next to you now these air spectrum Nawar about markers thes I don't use a lot, but again, if you need to get some fine details, you have a hard time with using the the small detail brush, and the inks are blooming on you a little bit too much. These give you a little bit more control. They're not necessary, but they might be fun just for you to try or have in your your back pocket, so to speak. If you really get into the inks and you want to learn, learn about a little bit more and play a little bit more with, um, you also want a four by four white glossy tile. You get this at a hardware store, so our final material that will need and this is once we're completely done with their painting, and we've let it dry for 24 hours. This is cry Loncar, Maher varnish, and after saying, this is one of the Onley ceilings that I've found that works with alcohol inks, and you're going to spray this a couple of times gonna do a couple coats. Once you let that dry, you can do a final seal of the UV resistant clear spray. This is just a coating that will protect it for light and for the sun. And I would also recommend, if you do frame years, that you frame it using an ah museum glass or ultraviolet glass to protect it from fading 3. Dragonfly Background: All right, let's get started with how to create a windy dragon flying. It will be using alcohol ink on you po paper and we're going to start with is our background colors. I'm gonna be using purple, twilight and Wild Plum. They're two of my favorite colors. You can choose whichever color you like, and I'm gonna put my glove on here, and we're gonna be doing a wet in wet technique for the background. So we're gonna be blending these two colors together using alcohol blending solution. So I'm gonna take the cap off by blending solution, and we're gonna wet this paper quite thoroughly. I'm using a lot of lending solution and I want to spread this around using a nice clean brush key is a clean brush. If you have any ink on here, you will blend it in. So I'm just gonna make sure all of this is nice and wet. Make sure you have enough leading solution on here so that this is going to glide across your paper. So I'm gonna start with my purple twilight and we're gonna go fairly happy with these inks . You want to dump enough on here? So that this is gonna it's gonna create the smooth texture. And I'm gonna go ahead and close the lid on this one, and we're gonna grab that raspberry color, and we're going to the same thing and you can see where these air kind of already starting to blend out. So you want this nice and thick and I'm gonna take a brush now and we're gonna spread this out a little bit. And I like to use the brush only because I first of all, don't get my glove all dirty is I changed my colors. And second of all, it gives us a nice little texture in here. But as this tends to blend and you do this with your finger as well, but it's tends to blend, you can see the marks of the brush is making on here. But we're going to create more of a smooth look because this is still very wet, and you will notice as I'm looking to move this brush around when I remove it, the inks tend to settle a little bit. So if you don't want a very, um, textured background at this point, you would want to stop using your brush and let the Inc settle, because is the ink starts to drive. You use your brush. It will just continue to make marks on your paper. So I want to go ahead and add a little bit more purple to this and then just to show you if I do use my finger here, you just kind of, um, scrub it in here as well and see how you could You could see the pattern that this creates . And again, I've got a lot of blending solution in this. So this is going to relax the paint and it's gonna kind of just smooth out, and you can kind of watch it happen. It's a very slow motion thing. You could also, if it's not too running, you can pick up your paper and just kind of hold it an angle. And if you have this really, really wet, you'll get the drip marks. So if it starts to drip, you wanna wait a little bit longer because we don't want we want to be a more of a smooth looking background rather than something with lots of drips running down because we're putting lots of dots and adding some so more layers to this as we move along so you could see how this just kind of settles a little bit. But you have that nice blending of those colors, and it's more smooth looking, and we're gonna be moving on to our next step. We want to work fast with us. We want to keep our backgrounds slightly wet for this next step. 4. Dragonfly Shape: for this next step, we're going to be adding the dragon fly shape. Thank your background still should be slightly wet. And the reason we have you do it while it's wet, as I want to show you how this will kind of it believes initially and then it kind of fades back in. So you have to kind of continue to work the dragon fly shape a little bit with this. So I'm just gonna use a plain white tile as my little paint palette here when escorting a little bit of thesis tress green on here and load up my brush with it so you can see the whole thing here So you could see I've got quite a bit of paint on here, and I'm just gonna slightly tap and you could see where this blooms out. We'll get this a circle and you're just gonna dot directly in behind each dot to create this dragon place shape. And you could see I kind of press a little bit lighter each time. So the circles just slightly smaller and they could see how this is going to kind of continue to move because those background inks air still slightly damp. You're gonna want to go ahead and tap it again. You can see how these will get a little bit lighter each time. And you can also change the shape of your dragon place if you're unhappy with it. This is that this is a reason why I do. This was still slightly wet because it will kind of fade back in. So you can really adjust your your shape quite easily still at this point, and these are gonna continue to move and you can see how they kind of settle in. And you don't get those big dots this way. These air, these that kind of it's e guess that the best way do is they almost shrieks back down into size. So let's go ahead and dot it again. Now, if you waited to this for this to be a little bit more dry, you will get more of these defined round circles rather than that shape that I had before so you could see how they they kind of settle in side by side and they leave like that little mark in between dividing the little body up. We got a little bit longer. I'm using a little bit bigger sheet of pupil paper this time I have on 11 by 14 just so we can make this large enough that you can really see it. So now we're gonna do is just shape those wings And you could see how this is more of an orange color because that green is blending in with us purples and the wild plum. And I'm just getting that shape of the wing in here at this point. Wait for it to continue toe to move so you can see where your inks are gonna end up being. And I'm using a little bit of wild plum. No, sorry. That's twilight Purple. Let's go ahead. Pop some eyes in here just to two little dots and you see how they spread and the body is still still shrinking in And that those two eyes turned toe one i Is it still wet? So it's all about playing and kind of learning how the inks move and how they react 5. Dragonfly Shape and Wings: All right, So we're gonna continue to make some adjustments to this dragon fly, and you can see how it's really shrunk, and it looks kind of cool. This is a neat little shape right here. But if we want to make this more of a rounded looking dragon fly, we're gonna continue to kind of work with us. So I'm always adding fresh wet ink to my palate because I want that to bloom. So let's go ahead. I'm gonna dot this one more time here, I may do more. You could see how you get the nice little circles and we're gonna wait to see, you know, if the background is dry enough where this is going to stay, or is this going to continue to kind of come back in together again to go to kind of watch it? But I do like Thea the definition that this creates when you have a wet background. So let's try those eyes again, taking the twilight purple again and trying to go on each side. So it's not quite as much because I had the last time and you could see it starting to dry a little bit. So it's not blooming quite as much. Most define those eyes. We'll go ahead and some little divider lines in here so that I think it's fairly dry because you can see this is not moving anywhere. It's pretty much staying right where I put it. You can use this as almost like regular paint. When it's more dry, it's a little thicker. No, let's go ahead and add a little bit of stream to this. Would it go ahead and dot in those inside wings? Now I'm using this tapping motion, and I'm gonna show you just we're gonna change us out of likes. I want you to be able to see all the different ways that you could make this creation a little bit different. As you know, always set with whatever you first start out with us. If you using inks, you know, sometimes you end up with something totally different than what you start with. They have a mind of their own, which is really part of the fun. Tell me why I hadn't bill this one in just doing this little tapping motion. So it's got these little thoughts inside of here. That background is more dry now, so it's not bleeding out. It's pretty much staying right where I'm putting it. Let's go ahead and just shape that one again. A little bit more, adds more ink again. And what? You'll see me do this a lot where I'm usually just pouring in the ink. I don't use a lot of alcohol or blending solution with this because I like that very heavy , concentrated color with my alcohol Inc. I like to be a little bit darker us If you want a lighten it. You can add just the 91% alcohol to this and reactivate the inks and use that as well. But it will be a little bit later, so I'm gonna continue to kind of shape the wings up, and you could make the adjustments. If you want these wings to be a little bit larger, income a little bit further with, um, let's go ahead and do the other two wings again. Just filling these in dotting away. You know, the other thing is to its schools. We actually do like the ends of the wings blue, and you could do some other colors on the inside as well. So next, let's ads and little whimsical little details. Or do some dotting on here and change up this drag of like and just a little bit more just so you can see some of the steps that you can take. 6. How to create dots with alcohol ink: right. So let's add a few details with some dots and things. First of all, gonna go ahead and just change out the color of these eyes again. I just want you to see how you could do a lot of different things with the inks. Just because you put it in here doesn't mean that it has to stay this way. So let's just say we want to put a little bit of, uh, a little bit of blue in here, Teoh Dark in those little spots. This makes him look very whimsical. And next comes My favorite part is dotting everything. So I'm going to grab some orange and believe this is Sunset Orange. I'm gonna make a nice puddle here, Make sure my brush is nice and clean, and I'm just gonna load it up. And I'm just using this tapping motion on my brush. And it's creating all these wonderful little dots everywhere. And you can go hog wild with these. You could politically could put a lot touch up just a little bit in the eye as well to lighten that back up again and see how you can change. You could change the colors over and over again with this so can kind of just the shape of this if I want to make those eyes a little bit larger. So it's Dragon Place have rarely big eyes. And now we're going to go ahead with just a little bit more orange, and this time I'm gonna place these dots exactly where I want them. So instead of just doing that tapping where they go hog wild, we're gonna go ahead and just fill in some of these areas here that didn't get any. And then you could also make almost like a little pattern if you want to kind of dot thes around, so it looks like the Dragonflies kind of been in motion. All right, listen, grab some Citrus green color now already that same thing by tapping in the green. And I'm feeling in some of these dots that are orange. And if you hit him again, usually we go once or twice. It will be more green. The second time is I'm touching this green to the pink. It's still you're still getting this nice yellowy orange color that it's changing into. So if I want to be more green I would tap over it a couple of times, and it will eventually turn those dots to be green. No. How about we had a little bit of the purple in here? Maybe a little bit more. Let's go ahead and spritz that again. And you could always cover the dragon fly, too. If you didn't want to get any of these little dots on him, I usually will use a paper towel or something to cover him up. Gonna continue in the next section to work on a dragon fly and make some more changes. 7. Making changes: all right, we're going to continue to play with this and just kind of just the eye colors. And you can practice at this point if you want to go ahead and just try some different colors and see an eye color that you like. You can throw some dots along the the the edge of the dragon fly here. And remember, you can always change these colors. So if you don't like the color that you're using and again, you don't have to use what I'm using. You can use your creative juices, let him flow, going to see what you want to dio and play with this one. And remember, there's no right or wrong, and this is really just about what you on what you like. Let's go ahead and put some green. And here I felt those vegetable too dark, so I'm popping a lighter shade in here. That didn't quite do it from hitting it again with some more, and you could see how it almost looks like transparent doesn't cool things when you use the lighter color over the darker color. So I think I'm gonna throw some of this in the wings as Well, we're gonna change this up a lot. Aziz, I'm going along here. As I said, you can ah see my creative side as I'm as I'm working on this one. It was a lot of changes with this one. So let's go ahead and grab the pool. Blue Ortho on my palette will, for a little bit of this in here is a person, another shade of color. Layering These is always need because you just never know what the colors are going to do or how they're going to correspond with some of the other layers of colors that you have in here. Dragonflies looking a little dark. So let's say we want a light him up a little bit. I could just tap in just a little bit of the 91% alcohol and see how this is lightning this right up. Go ahead and do this one as well. I've got a lot of different colors in here, cause we through all these dots in here, So there's a lot of different shades going on, so they kind of reshaped these if you need to, if they're kind of falling out of that area, But Ah, you had her. If you want to adjust, the wings make a little bigger. At this point, you could do that as well. So for the final details will be wrapping this up and we'll do it will be doing some little whimsical little details. And then we're gonna be moving on to another way to create a dragon. Fly up this more of a damn soul dragon fly. 8. Adding Final Details with pen and ink: for the final steps when I'm gonna be using is a white gel pin and you can see where I've done some little swirls and circles. I'm just going to kind of highlight these wings with the gel pen if you, ah have a gel pin I'm using here sick, No white gel pen made by unit ball. And sometimes they do tend to gum up so you could have a piece of paper here and keeps kind of scribbling on the side to kind of get the ball rolling again. And I'm just playing this little screwing motion in these wings. I'm not really thinking about this too much, just trying to get that look of a sheer looking wing in here, and you could see where I highlighted the eyes a little bit. And it's a little details along the body is Well, I'm not really thinking about this. What we tend to do is artists. We think too much. So what I want you to get out of this whole exercise is just to kind of free yourself up. Let you just kind of enjoy the whole process with this one. Like I said, I didn't know where I was going with this when I first started, and it's kind of you got to see my creation process with this one, and I'm always changing things when I'm working on a piece. I may not like it initially, as I keep continue to work on it sometimes most of the time I'd say probably 90% of the time. I'm very happy with the final outcome. So it's always a key is when do you stop? And, uh, what I find is usually, if I'm not happy with it all kind of step away from it for a few minutes and kind of come back to it. And sometimes it just start playing with things. And, you know, sometimes things will just kind of come about by just creating layers and trying some new things on there. So I am pretty happy with this guy now, and he looks quite whimsical and you could see where I just keep adding just a little bit more in the wings. But I'm I'm liking that, and I'm happy with that. So let's zoom many years, you kind of get a look at what these little swirls are. You could do some little dots if you want. So it looks like he's in motion on. We are done. So I hope you enjoy this. We're gonna move on to this next section, which is going to be a different way. Teoh, do a damsel dragon fly. So if you want to skip ahead, you can go ahead and watch the ceiling process. If you want to finish up with this one, or you can go ahead and move on to the next damsel painting. 9. Damselfly painting: All right, now we're gonna attempt a damn soul. Dragonflies just part one. And I'm going to be using similar colors. That's the twilight purple and wild plum as well. Asan, pitch black and again, I'm going to just cover you po paper with the Alcohol Inc blending solution to start. And I'm just kind of blending this in with my fingers, just getting and making sure it's all over the paper when there were no start with the wild plum First, you can also use raspberry for this. I'm gonna get a good amount on here. They were gonna go ahead and grab our second color. But before we do that, let's just pick this up a kind of move it. I want to see how much blending solution I have down here. Make sure that I've got enough so that this is going to to blend. So just grabbed a small brush and there's gonna cut spread this around before we add the second color to this. And it doesn't have to get up to cover all of the white. Just kind of squirt it on here. Just have fun with it. I've got that toilet purple in here and I'm seeing a Please is gonna moves. He could see how this is running a little bit. So we've got some movement in here. The blending solution is doing its part by letting it kind of spread and blend on your paper. I was gonna kind of movies around just a little bit. Save a little bit too much concentration of this colors in one spot. We're gonna change this very quickly, so this is quite wet and now I'm going to do is grab the pitch black. If you do have little areas that are not covered, you could just touch them up with your fine brush before it starts to dry. Too much. Just a little bit more blending solution to this. And you could see what it does when you add blending solution, how much it lightens your colors. So that's why I usually try to get it down there the first time. So I have a nice, dark concentration of color, but you can see how what this is and how you're getting these streaks and movement and it just a simple, fun stuff. So if I spread this, add a little bit more can. Deep in that color is it's quite pale in some of those sections. We'll just put a little bit more of the purple in here can. It's all about playing with the colors. And if you want to choose a couple different colors, you know you've taken my courses before. I am all for that. You never know what you're gonna come up with with some of these. So have fun blending them and just kind of do a little trial and error is that sometimes the best stuff comes from that. So I am happy with us. Now. Get a good amount of color in here now. And Cyril spot. There's kind of fill it in beautiful thick. Here. You can wipe these off so you don't get that, Um, it almost turns like a muddy color. You get this nice ridge direction. It's not really a nice ridges and try to get rid of them. But if you take your brush, will there still wet? You can kind of just take the ridge out and it will smooth out for you. And if you have a lot of colors that rich sometimes I call him Little Muddy ridges because all of the colors kind of puddle into one spot and it becomes quite thick in that area. So let's go ahead and get the pitch black and low this up on our brush. And remember, this is still wet. Spec runs wet, so we're going to do this kind of sweeping motion. You could see how this kind of blooms out. I call us like my underwater garden. I don't know what it is. It's just I do the same style with a lot of my my dragon play inks. I'm showing you how I do it. So it's just kind of making this little squiggly motion and bringing that up from the bottom corner, just kind of spreading it out. And you could see how. Because it's wet fill these air almost turning into like these very thin, little narrow lines on here. So you can think in these up just going back in with a little bit more of that ink and spreading that out. And what that does a lot of time is the first ones that you dio become the bat more the background you can see other thinned out, and it makes a nice three d effect with this. See, you could see there still continuing to kind of shrink in to their very, very fine lines. Sometimes the best part of playing with inks and painting with thanks is just watching them , watching them move as you wait for them to dry and just kind of see what they're what they're gonna do for you. So Wells is still way Had a couple little spots of dust or something. You things were always floating and always landing in the alcohol ink. So if you catch him while they're still wet, you can usually just lift him right out so you can see it looks just very mysterious. And that background is still kind of almost looks like clouds back there now. So I'm just kind of waiting it out, and it's still slightly wet, and I'm gonna go ahead and grab some other colors. Now grab. Ah, this is Citrus. I'm gonna make some little dots and the colors barely showing on this and again that it kind of makes it like it's alluded disease. Seems they're kind of shrinking back in because that background is still wet. I was kind of putting these little dots or little circles in a few places here just looks mysterious, kind of Mr Cole. And I have my little palate on the side or just a tile. And I love using the tiles because you could just wipe these rate off once you're done with , um, but I'm always keeping my fresh ink from the wet ink on that tile. You could say I'm kind of re dotting the is because they've faded into the background a little bit. That's how you get that more that softer look while these air still wet rather than if you wait when this is completely dry into a dot on here, it's usually a big, bright circle to this gives that this is like a misty kind of look to it. Go ahead and put some more in here and again. You can have fun with us, so if you want lots of these little dots, you could do lots of them if you want to wait for it to dry so you get more distinctive dots. You can do that as well, and you could practice it, you know, try both, so wait for it to dry a little bit in the pops of more in here, it's Yeah. When I go over these colors again, it turns more green. The color comes out, and I think I've shown you that if you go to my YouTube account, there is, ah, sections, little free video. And there that shows how I make all these little dots and circles. So I think we're good. We're gonna be moving on to our next section of this part two coming up. 10. Making a wispy look: all right. Part two of the damn soul fly. What I'm gonna be using for this are the spectrum who are just want to show you how these work with some very fine little details. I'm gonna grab the green. You couldn't really is any color. I'm gonna show you how you could change the colors with Issa's. Well, so I'm just gonna make a very thin line using the fine, fine line side of the markers. There's two sides to the spectrum markers. We get a nice thin line in here, and you can kind of go over a couple of times to really pull the paint out from underneath , so we almost can use it like we would've blending pen. And I'm gonna put a couple of lies on here speaking a little circles. Let's grab a pink pen. You can see we can change this up if we want. I'm going to use the fat side on this one. You can What kind of angles? You can use the sharp edge of these as well, and they didn't do a whole life. Mean a little little bit Pinker. So let's go ahead and try a yellow one. and that one really kind of pops out so you can change out the colors with any of these. That's the great thing about inks. If you don't like something, just go over it and you can make adjustments. Fair lease really easy with these so he pops out a little bit better now with the yellow. Let's go ahead and grab some Citrus on and report a little bit on my palette against getting the very tip of my brush wet, dabbing it off of my tissue. You don't want too much cause this will bloom if you have too much ink. You can really lighten these up by just dotting over those I wanted to the same thing I did with the first Dragon fly. You can see how you could put a little body in here by doing those little dots very small, but that using just the very tip of your brush and you really can control those inks. It almost it settles in rate in that space that you've made that first line Scrabble. Pinkham will doctor him up a little bit, give him some pink eyes and I just a little bit of pink in here. A swell to the body. Just retouching of those eyes. Just a little bit more. I'm gonna grab my white gel Pandas is made by signal and we're gonna make our little wings in here. Get with some highlights and then little legs. So you could see how this once you put the white in here really makes this thing pop. We'll go ahead and highlight the body a little bit. A couple more legs. I think they have six legs. I probably have a look at a photo of one. So just highlight the body animal, add little wings, and I'm gonna have these ones all go straight up. This time he's got his four wings as he's perched on this little branch. And I do these little scribbles in here just to make it look like it's transparent. So you can see through those wings and that is it for a little damsel. We'll go ahead and try a 2nd 1 as well, but this one I'm gonna go ahead and use a brush for so we'll move on to part three with this and some final details for you. 11. White gel pen to finalize our painting: Let's go ahead and we'll finish up part three of the damsel final details. So I'm mixing up a couple colors here. It's, um just to get a nice blue shade in here, and I'm just gonna put a little body in here with my brush. This is a very fine line, so I just want to show if you don't have the spectrum noir markers, you can use paint to the same thing that we had just done. Go ahead and put the eyes in here. We're gonna follow through the same way that we did when we use the marker. And I like to get the initial body shape in here first with a darker shakes, I'd like to go back over with a lighter shade or toe lift out the EQ a little bit to give it that glow in the eyes. So I'm adding just a little bit of alcohol and re activating that green Citrus color that we have to go ahead and put the dots down the body. And again, this a layering process of that. You get the dark underneath in the light on top pop a little bit more lighter in the eyes specie intense. Teoh glows a little bit now, so we'll go ahead and grab our signal gel pen again and highlight the eyes. We'll get the little legs in here again on our four wings. Well, I like the body a little bit. These are all those little details. It just kind of bring them to life. And I just scribble in little wings here. Not really thinking about it a whole lot. Maykel adjustments here right now. It's a little web sickle nous to this saunas. Well, I'm going to use a little bit of pool blue. We're gonna dot some more colors in here, as you can see. Just could kind of in play at this point if you want to Just add some other colors so that she can I was gonna do the pool blue, but feel Frieda, how about it? And throw some more shades in here if you want Teoh. So I would grab that white gel pin. Yeah, we're gonna throw a little whimsy in here again, and I like to just kind of do some musical little circle things and some dots, and if you've got some of the little patterns that you like, Feel free to throw those in there as well. But this looks like the Dragonflies kind of in motion. I like to give these little whimsical little dots under hair, and again you could just have at it play. You connect these, do as much as you want or as little as you want. And this is really just the little final touches. So and again, you piece, Look at the white Really kind of pops it up. There's a lot of darker colors in this one, especially having the pitch black in the background there on this really just kind of highlights and makes it really fun. So thanks for joining me for another alcohol ink painting class on you PO paper. I'm gonna give you a quick close up of the finished painting here, and I really hope you enjoyed it. And if you would like to sign up for my newsletter, you can do so. W w dot kelly chassis fine art dot com Some always sending out specials. You could also find me on Instagram, Twitter, facebook and I would love for you to post your pictures of your beautiful work. So thanks for painting with me. Hope it was a five star course for you. If not, please let me know what I can do to make it better for you. 12. Sealing Inks so you can view them for many years to come.: And before you seal your beautiful painting, what I would recommend is doing some type of demo painting. So what I did here is I put some inks down on the put some saran wrap on the top of it makes us really cool little pattern, which makes for a great background. Or you can even really mat and frame this as it ISS thinks you can't go wrong. They're just beautiful, no matter what you do with them. But I'm gonna let this dry nice and thoroughly, and you could see that the inks will continue to move a little bit as this continues to dry . So you get there a few through Matt on that that's beautiful. Just does is if you want to take you through some Dragonflies in there, you could do some other little things to it. But for this purpose, I'm just showing you how you want to see all these. So once it's completely dry for 24 hours, what I would do is take the car Maher varnish and it's a spray can. So you're just gonna pop the top off of this and I'm gonna show you how quickly this is to seal this. It's not a real thick coat at all, so it's gonna lightly spray it all the way over, and that's it. And you're just gonna let that drive for about 15 minutes and you want to do this in a very well bedded lated area, cause it's very strong smelling, and you would go ahead and do this a second coat. Once that first coat is dry and what I want to show, you could see how glossy it is. It looks pretty. What I want to show you is if you don't use the car Morvern ish, if you just want to use another type of seal it. So this is a tile that I have here, and this is just a clear glaze till depending on what is in these finishes, the alcohol's will react to it. So for this particular one, if I spray a nice thick coat of this, you could see it reactivates the inks and they move on you. This is one of the number one problems a lot of people have in their first starting out with alcohol inks, and they ruin their pictures, so make sure you use that car more burnish. First let it dry and you could do a light coat of a UV spray, and then you could put this clear code on it. But what I would recommend is going ahead and for the U PO paper doing your ceilings, making sure you have your UV spray on top of it once that's done, and then I would always protect it behind an ultraviolet museum glass and make sure you keep it out of the sun because the inks do fade in sunlight, so good luck with it. 13. Display Options for your final alcohol ink art.: So with alcohol inks in the tiles, there's a lot of different ways that you can display them. And I found these neat little blocks you can. You can just kind of sit the tile in here. If you take him out, they come in, um, the four by four for the four by four inch tiles. They also have him for six inch tiles, and you can get them in different colors. They have black, which this one here, and they think they have some that are in like a cherry color. So they have some options for you, and you can order those from a place called after tosa dot com. It's where I get mine from, and they also have these wooden blocks. Their boxes, I should say. So this is a six by six inch tile, and I just glued it in here with epoxy so you can see that they're really nice little wooden boxes and these air great for gift giving as well. Or they have these thes air little frames so you can hang your tile up. So again it's your hypocrisy, and you blew it in there, and it's got this little hanger, and you can see where there you can use them as a tribute as well. But you would want to seal. That was like a two part epoxy if he wanted toe to use it as a trip it. So you put anything on it. You want to make sure that's nice, have protected, and they have these in different sizes as well, and they have them in different colors, so there's lots of different choices for displaying your tiles. We also have bookends that you can get, and you can put the tiles on the sides of those and one of my favorites, I This was one of the first ones that I had done for myself as a little pencil holder, but I keep my paint brushes in it, and again they just leave a little. A little space in here in the tile just sits in flush. The big thing is, you want to make sure that your tiles aren't too large. Sometimes I've gotten a couple of them now, and they have been either too thick, and they don't quite fit in that four by four area. So before you go and buy yourself a whole box of tiled. My recommendation would be to go ahead and just pick up one or two and make sure that they're gonna fit in there before you do it.