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Alcohol Inks for Beginners - Paint this Lighthouse

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction Alcohol Ink Lighthouse Painting


    • 2.

      Alcohol Ink Lighthouse Materials


    • 3.

      Alcohol Ink Taping Down Yupo


    • 4.

      Alcohol Ink Lighthouse Sketching


    • 5.

      Alcohol Ink Lighthouse - Step 1 Painting the Sky


    • 6.

      Alcohol Ink Lighthouse- Step 2 Painting the Ocean


    • 7.

      Alcohol Ink Lighthouse - Step 3 the Rocks


    • 8.

      Alcohol Ink Lighthouse - Step 4 add a Second Layer of Wash on rocks


    • 9.

      Alcohol Ink Lighthouse -Step 5 Adding building details


    • 10.

      Alcohol Ink Lighthouse - Step 6 Creating Reflections and details


    • 11.

      Alcohol Ink Step 7 - Rock and Lighthouse Details


    • 12.

      Alcohol Ink Lighthouse - Step 8 - the Final Details


    • 13.

      How to Seal your Alcohol Ink Painting


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Create a beautiful Lighthouse painting on Yupo Paper.

Easy Steps to Paint and control Alcohol Inks.

Alcohol Ink is an amazing medium that is just now beginning to be noticed! In this course you will learn what Alcohol Inks are and how I use them to create a beautiful lighthouse on Yupo paper!

This is a beginner to intermediate course. We will cover all the materials needed as well as how prepare your Yupo paper, what inks are, how they work, how to use them wet in wet to create a smooth background, how to layer inks for a detailed painting, and finally how to seal the painting.

I hope you find this course a 5 Star rating, and 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 Alcohol Ink Lighthouse Painting: I everyone Kelly chassis here from Kelly chassis Fine Art. And in today's course, we're gonna learn how to paint a lighthouse, and we're gonna be doing a lot of fabulous details in this one. We learn how to paint rocks and using a layered technique, and we're going to some buildings for the first time. Usually I'm doing landscapes, so this is a little different and so help to help you draw this out. I've added a pdf of the actual lighthouse sketch, and we'll go over lots of different things. How to paint the sky and nice, airy washed. And we'll get into a lot of little fine details on this one. We'll walk you through it step by step. If you have questions or concerns along the way, feel free to send me a note, and when you're finished, I would absolutely love to see your final results. You would like to post your work. I'm on all the social media platforms Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and you can find me on all of those in my profile page. I hope this is a five star course for you. If not, I would love to hear how I can make it better for you on the next one. So happy painting 2. Alcohol Ink Lighthouse Materials: Well, hello there. And welcome to our alcohol. In course, if you are in brand new to alcohol inks, this is a great starter course. So this is what they look like. This is made by Adirondack. There are many other brands that you can get, and they have some great color combos. There always come out with new stuff for the Alcohol Inc Lighthouse course will be using the colors aqua, cloudy, blue hazelnut, twilight purple, eggplant, sunshine, yellow willow, watermelon, snowcapped and pitch black. Now, if you don't have these exact same colors, you could just choose something very similar and still get very close effect to this one. Of course, you can try other color combos, and I recommend trying things out as well. So because they're alcohol based, these inks will dry very quickly on you. So what a lot of books will use is blending solution. This is made by the same company, Adirondack. There is also a brand called pinata, which is beautiful little colors that they have, and they have some, um, cleanup solution. And they also have an extender which works similar to this, and you can also use just regular isopropyl 91% alcohol. You don't want to use the 70% because it has a little bit more water to, and it doesn't work quite a swell, so we'll be using you po paper. When this class first came out, you po paper was a little bit difficult to find, and now you can find it just about everywhere. It's poly propylene, so it's made of a more of a plastic A material. You can also use a mineral paper for this, which I often use. This is a little bit thicker, a little bit heavier, and it tends to glide a little bit more on. It does not buckle on you. Where's mineral papers? A little bit thinner, so you'll have a little sometimes buckling, especially when you spray it. Now you po paper does come in a number of different sizes. Five by 79 by 12 They also have some 22 by 30 sheets and then, if you really like and you want to do some really big alcohol ink paintings, they have the roles of it, which is, I think, I don't know how many yards, 60 yards or something like that, so lots of options for sizes for you. I do recommend if you're new to the to the medium, start small because it drives fast on you and it's a little easier to work with. So, as I had mentioned, I used the 91% alcohol, and depending on where you live, this might be a little bit more challenging, defined here in the United States, we confined this pretty much of any, uh, a local pharmacy or even actually, they have it at the supermarket Now here, if you can only find, ah, 99% that works great, Teoh. 70% will work, but as I said before, it doesn't flow quite a swell. But it's great for cleaning your brushes. So speaking of brushes will use just a fine small brush. Any round brush will work and make sure that it's nylon, so you don't ruin those nice sable brushes from the watercolor brushes their expensive. So I get something inexpensive for this, especially when you're first starting. I also need some gloves to protect your hands because the inks do stain. I would recommend very good ventilation in your area. I also have a video on a vapor mask if you are sensitive to the smell, which a lot of people can be. If you have concerns, check with your doctor. So obviously it will need paper towels. And now, when I first started, I used bounty Riva. Some are being on your brand. Some have a little bit more lint in them, so just be careful of that and you'll see in the painting here things will get in your all callings anyway. They just things will show up from flying in the air. It's amazing. Uh, so you also use just a cotton rag, too. I also have these little backer boards there, foam and my mats. I like to have that with me. Tape that tape down the U PO paper using some type of blue painter's tape or frog tape, something that it doesn't seep down underneath. But I'm gonna frame mine so I don't usually see the edges. Anyway, you need two cups for your alcohol, one for dirty, one for clean. If you want to use a Sharpie Sharpie Zehr. Wonderful to get some really fine lines in your alcohol inks. Now, one thing is, you have to make sure that your alcohol is completely dry before you use a Sharpie or it you have a hard time or writing with it actually on your U boat paper if it's still wet and then my other fund thing is gel pen. This is a white gel pen. You have to be careful with this as well. This one's made by unit ball. They have Posca pens. There's a lot of different options for paint pens. Ah, they do tend to not stay white, so make sure if you want to keep it white, you spray it with some sealant and I'll cover that with you shortly and then you could right over it and it will stay bright white. This is another option for you. We're not using us for the class, but I wanted to make you aware of it. These are spectrum new are markers and these air alcohol based pens. This is another thing that you can use in place of sharpies. It does reactivate the inks, but they're great way to get some fine details in your paintings if you want, and this one actually has a wide nib and a more ah, fine point nib. So those were real fun. And here is what I use to seal my alcohol ings. This is came Are varnish can be found here in the U S. Pretty much everywhere overseas. Sometimes you might have a little bit harder time finding this, but you can use Rustoleum. There's a couple other options. Check with the alcohol in our community if you live outside the United States and and you can maybe find out from someone there what they used to seal it with. If you cannot find the came, are and then also the UV clear resistance spray. This will help protect your alcohol inks from fading. And what I like to do is use UV glass for my alcohol inks, and that helps protect them as well. Because they're not like, fast. They're made basically as a craft item. They were not made for fine art, and they are working on that now, seeing if they can prolong the light Fastness of this 3. Alcohol Ink Taping Down Yupo: All right, So we're going to get started with how to prepare our U boat paper, and I'm gonna take those two cups that I had and I'm gonna fill those up with the 91% isopropyl alcohol, and we're to use Thies to clean our brushes. And the reason why I have to is that we can rinse off one and have are dirty are dirty cup and then we have our clean alcohol. So when we go to switch our colors, we won't muddy them up. Now, I'm gonna grab that backer board, and you can use anything to tape your paper down on, but you're gonna want to use something so that you can turn your paper as your as your painting on it. Somebody grab my pad of you put paper. And again, this is the five by seven size, and I'm gonna try to get this centered in here as best as I can If you can get those lined up perfectly and want him to do any kind of adjusting once I'm done my painting. Not to mention if I tape it to just 1/4 inch all the way around here when I get ready to frame it and matter, I won't lose any of my painting or have any white spots showing. So that's why I try to center it, Justus best as I can. Somebody just tape all four corners of this up now again, coming down just about 1/4 of an inch in and you could test it by putting your mat over the top of it to make sure that you don't see any blue tape that will. You know, when you get ready to mad it, you will have all of your painting showing. So let's just get this tested out. So the mat on top here and we're perfect on here, So everything will be in the painting when we're done, so your fingers can pick up lots of oils, and it will leave little marks on your you po paper. So what I recommend doing is cleaning your you put paper before you start with the 91% isopropyl alcohol, and you just need to put a little bit on a tissue. And as far as what you're using for your tissues, I do recommend a brand called Viva Epic. If you don't have it. That's OK, but it just tends to not leave as much. Um, little pieces air material on your paper. Sometimes the tissues can leave little little markings on there. So you just gonna wipe that down and you should be ready to paint now? 4. Alcohol Ink Lighthouse Sketching: It's already started sketching the lighthouse and a little bit different sketching on you Po paper. The pencil really kind of glides on here quite nicely. And for this one, I just have a mechanical pencil. You can use a number two pencil is well, and we're gonna sketch injustice Rocky area first, and I want to come back and just a little bit. Here we have a little bit of water down the front as well. And when we do lighthouse, you can sketch this either using a ruler. I tend to just do things free hands as I painted and I kind of straighten my lines a little bit. But this is just my rough outline. So your lighthouse is a little bit thinner at the top of wider at the base, and it's got this little box on top of in a taller one on top of that, and then we have that little roof line on the very top of that venial sticking up. You see, I'm kind of sketching and straightening it out as I kind of work with it. Um, then we're gonna add a little bit of ah, building that's next to it. here. And this is the Portland Headlight, which is the number one most photographed lighthouse, I guess. And I've been here with the family. It's Ah, lovely spot. We'll get the little house in here, get the little windows in, and then there's another little building off to the side here as well. And we paint these in these, they're gonna have red roofs and their little white buildings. Just get that little door on the front e, get that roof line short up there. And so that is pretty much it for our sketch. I'm not going to sketch in all the rocks or anything. We're just gonna be basically painting all of that in. We're gonna be doing some pen and detail. Working here is well, so if you just have a very light sketch, it's less pencil marks that will show up for you so we'll get ready next to paint our sky area in 5. Alcohol Ink Lighthouse - Step 1 Painting the Sky: we're gonna start with painting inner sky now for the color choices for this guy, you can really use any blue. What I'm gonna be using here is Aqua, but sailboat blue works wonderfully cloudy. Blue would work really well. So, really, whatever you have for blues, I would pick two different blues, one for the sky and one for the water. So, as I said, we're gonna be using Aqua for this one, and I've got my top open, and I'm gonna put my gloves on and grab a small detail brush here, and I'm not gonna be using any blooding solution for this one. I'm just basically gonna put the color right directly into this guy, get a couple good squirts and then using my brush. This is how I spread that color out and trying to be careful around my lighthouse area. I always end up getting some in there but not to work. So we have some snow capped white that we can use to cover that up if we need Teoh. And I'm just going to spread this out and you can see where I have a little bit of Marx almost looks like clouds already just by using the brush strokes and try to get myself a nice horizon line here and spreading some of that out. And it's drying fairly quickly on my paper. Gonna go ahead and add some snow capped and make sure you shake that up really well again. It's a mix itiveness, so it's a little bit thicker. There's a little ball bearing in there that you want to shake up. Make sure that you've got a blended really nicely, and this one's so I could hear the sound now that will ball rolling around in there. So I go and do some squirts of white in here, and I'm doing this fairly quickly. We want to make sure that the blue is still slightly wet. While we're adding the white to this and the mix, a tive tends to thicken things up a little bit, and it makes the process of drying a little bit slower. So I'm gonna be adding some purple in here once I get thes class kind of moving the way I want them to. We'll add some twilight purple to this, and it will give it just a little tinge of purple and in there, and it's gonna little dots here and this is gonna blend. You could see what is this kind of blending in with the white blending and with the blue And it's softening. That's not quite as much of a contrast here. You kind of keep working that purple into it, that if you want to add a little bit more white, you can do that. So let's go ahead, Pop with just a little bit more in here. It was gonna mix those again, and then I see what you did. You could kind of play with it for a little box. Like I said, the white makes it so that it doesn't dry as fast. And if you can see I'm trying to get this sweeping motion with the clouds. I'm kind of going from the bottom corner, hair up to the right top corner, since he could barely see the purple in there a little bit more of the blue. Do you want that contrast in color? And if you blend too much, you'll just blend it all right in. So it's nice to kind of let the blooms kind of expand and let the Inc do what it wants to do a little bit. You could kind of keep working with us for a while, adding color, having more purple item or blue and kind of playing with this, so there's really no limit what happened. So if you get too much ink in there, it can thicken up a little bit on you. Let's move on to the next section or be adding our ocean. 6. Alcohol Ink Lighthouse- Step 2 Painting the Ocean: we're gonna get started with adding the ocean and the color choice that I'm using is called cloudy. Blue should use that for the clouds. Huh? We're gonna use it for the water again. Sell globally. Would work really any of the blues. You could switch the cloudy blue with the aqua. Ah, but this one has a nice little bit of purple. We will notice the one that you added to the U boat paper. You'll get, like, a little tinge of purple and here anyway, So it has a nice job reflecting the purple that we just put in our sky. And it's usually right where you first put it where you'll see, it's a little bit more purple shade where I made my first died of color. We're just going to kind of blend that in, make sure we get down here on the bottom as well, and I use I use the bottle. I just kind of scored it right on there. You're just gonna be careful because you could get big squirts of alcohol Inc when you want little one. So if you kind of get used to using the bottles and some colors will pour out a little quicker than others. So just be careful. You could always put this on a plater on a tile besides you and use you use it, um, that way as well with brushwork and you'll notice I'm still kind of reworking this. I'm just kind of going back to that same line up at the top and it gets a little thicker is I'm moving that paint So I get a nice divide between the sky and the water And we're gonna go ahead and put some of the twilight purple on a plate And we're gonna be adding in our little islands back here, I just purple We're gonna add some black on top of the purple later But you could use a real pretty green with Issa's Well, and you could see where I just kind of tap it down just to see how much is gonna bloom before I get started. And I didn't very slowly and I again try to keep that line so it doesn't extend out much beyond the water line. Who's going up into our sky area? I was gonna very carefully. I'm just using that tip of my brush and there's not a lot of pain on here. All the alcohol ink really could go a long way. Just a very little bit. So again, I'm just going back over that same line down the bottom, tryingto straighten that edge out. And as the store eyes, it becomes easier to to put the exactly where you want it. When it's very wet, it tends to bloom a lot form. All right, we're gonna be moving on to painting Are rocks next? 7. Alcohol Ink Lighthouse - Step 3 the Rocks: right now, we're gonna add our first layer of rocks and grass. So the color I'm gonna grab here is called Hazelnut. And you could use Ginger You could use late. There's a lot of different colors you could use in here, but this is a fairly dark when we're gonna spread it out, so it's gonna look a little lighter, and we're gonna be doing layers on these rocks. So I again and escorted in here. And this turned purple is well on the you put paper. You could see a little a little bit of purple in here. You'll get some cool shades of color when you add things to the u PO. And then I may have had some purple still on my brush to make sure you do clean your brushes before you go on to your next step. You can see how I'm just trying to edge that out. I'm kind of dragging that ink off to the sides. There's not a whole lot of Incas. I'm pulling it off to the edges here, and you're gonna want to make sure that you leave that little section appear at the top. Why? It is we're gonna be adding some yellow for the grassy area appear so I have some sunshine yellow here and I'm gonna add just a little bit of that. I still have a little bit of hailing on my brush, but that's OK because we're lending these colors and you just want some light in some dark areas here. Anyway, a little bit more of the yellow. You could see where you can kind of control that bloom if you put the dot down below and kind of use your brush as the divide and you could direct those paints where you want TEM. And so now I have a little bit of willow green and again you can use different colored greens here, but just want a little bit of green in this grassy area come down a little bit. Didn't do a whole lot. So let's add a little more and it just a little touch of color in here. You could see where I'm you know, bringing that brown hazelnut right into it as well, defining that line again. So we'll be moving on to our next section will be adding some more layers to this rock area 8. Alcohol Ink Lighthouse - Step 4 add a Second Layer of Wash on rocks: right now, we're gonna add another layer of washed to those rocks. And for this, I'm going to be using the color eggplant. It's a little bit of, ah, darker shade of purple rather than that bright twilight purple that we used up in the mountain areas. So I'm gonna do the same thing, basically a couple dots that I did for the rocks the first time, and you don't have to blend all of this in. But this darker shade herbal will soften some of those lines that you've got for pencils and add some dimension and some depth to this. I'm just dotting it in here and taking my brush and just moving that pain around. Basically, keep dotting and adding some darker shades following this down and you can see where we were with the brush hit. Sometimes you'll get some lighter shades or some variation. I'm just kind of using this little tapping motion and just kind of basically moving the paint around. It's nice and dark here, and you can see when I add a second layer of that eggplant to it. It's much darker. This is now. I'm kind of pushing the paint banana using his tapping motions. So them getting some texture in the rocks here. And I'm trying to hold my brush in the direction that the rocks would would be where the shadows would be casted. So the kind of at an angle it's a little cliff kind of comes down on the right hand side here. Andi compares a little bit up here, a little bit of dimension, and you don't want that real sharp edge. Here's I'm just kind of softening this here. A swell. You could see it started to dry by. Take my brush to it Now you can get more of a pattern in these rocks because it tends to smooth out on you when it's wet until you get that smooth look. And if you want something with more texture to it, you continue to keep tapping the paint and you'll get your texture in there. The global Moving on to some details in the lighthouse next 9. Alcohol Ink Lighthouse -Step 5 Adding building details: add some light house details now and what we're gonna do is start with some watermelon. And if you have cranberry against some other shades of red, those are those will work just fine. But I'm gonna clean up my brush here. We've got a lot of that darker eggplant on there and I'm gonna take the watermelon. And when I scored just a little bit of into the plate here, and by doing this, I'm gonna let it dry just slightly because we don't want the puddle of red to get too out of control. So the trick to it is learning your dry time. So I'm gonna take my brush and I'm just kind of moving the paint around and I've got it on the tip of my brush here. And as I'm doing this, it's basically drying it slightly. And you still wanted to be able to flow enough so we don't want to completely dry. That should be about a good amount of time. Demand was gonna test it here in a little spot and see if his blooms much. It seems to be pretty controlled. So go ahead and continues. I'm just gonna follow those lines of the roof. You can see how he's easily contained. The inks are when it's on white paper on the U PO paper. Is that your layering? These with other colors? It tends to reactivate the Yanks underneath, so you'll get more of the blooms. But you just have regular white. You po. There's no other color of ink on top. Intends to stay put a little bit more so than if it's a layered on top of another color. So we've got those filled in, and next we're gonna go ahead and wipe this off. Make sure it's nice and clean and wriggle into our snow capped white. Now they also have some jacquard Blanco, I believe, is what it's called, which is a white as well. So if you don't have snow, Capri can't find snow cap. You can use the jacquard as well. Well, you can use us for anything. They have personal, really nice colors, and they're a swell. So pouring a little bit of that white mix a tive in here again, and I'm just gonna fill in this lighthouse. I made sure to shake that one so that it's in this. They've got the little balls ball bearings in there. So it's a mixture of it's a little thicker than normal paint, so just make sure you've got that nice and mixed up before you utilize it. So I'm just gonna touch up. It can also, you know, straight in this lighthouse out because my pencil lines were not exactly perfectly straight . So you know I didn't touch this up. Get around the edges here as well as cover up my pencil lines a little bit. Then what we're gonna do once we get the white in here is we're gonna add just a little shadow in grey underneath, and we're gonna use the black Sharpie when you could also use black pain. If you want to do the top of the lighthouse, it will be adding some more details coming right up in the next section. 10. Alcohol Ink Lighthouse - Step 6 Creating Reflections and details: you know, we're gonna add Cem Reflections in the water and we'll do a little bit more rock details. So I have this white already on here. So let's go ahead and just do some little white touch ups here down in the rock area. So it looks like we have a little bit of wave action going on. It's gonna pop just a little bit of this white highlight in here just to give us some variation in this water because he drives fairly lights used. It's not too strong of a color. And if you pop it in on top of the black hair of the it's actually eggplant, it's just gonna give this nice little graying effect. And you could see how this darkens a little bit here. A swell. So it almost disappear slightly. Them doing these little rock details, and I'm just using the very tip of that brush, and it just looks like some little highlights on the tops of the rocks. Maybe where they're drying or the sun's hitting it a little bit more and just kind of adding some more texture into these rocks. By doing this, you could see where I'm just trying toe follow that same shape or same direction as those rocks are kind of coming down the cliffs here. And if so, everything is kind of going from left to right bottom, so it makes sense. So what we're gonna do next, I'm gonna throw the caps back on. These were basically done with most of these colors, and we're gonna be using Cem pitch black for our next section, and we're going to just continue to work on these rocks a little bit. They look great the way they are. If you want to leave in this way, um, they look, they look nice. Um, What I'm gonna do, though, is just add that little bit of black to give it a little bit more darkness in here and show you that you can keep you can continue to layer these type of paintings, and it's always the key is when to stop, right? So we'll show you how to do the black next. And we'll also use a little bit of Penn detail work 11. Alcohol Ink Step 7 - Rock and Lighthouse Details: So let's go ahead and do a little bit more rock and lighthouse details. So here we have the pitch black Andi e have a little puddle in here and we're gonna let that sit for a few more minutes. The black tends to be a little bit thicker as well. It's almost like a mix active, even though it isn't. We're gonna just kind of put that on our brush. It doesn't tend to move as much of some of the other colors. Dio, I'm gonna let it dry just for a few seconds here before we started and we could test it. It's not really going anywhere. So we're just gonna do a nice shadowed area here on the rocks and we're gonna again to the same thing we did with a white were just kind of building these rocks up or adding the shadowed areas now. So it looks like we have similar crevices in here where the light's not reaching or words may be a little bit wet still from the water, and you could see I just very lightly touch the tip of the brush to the paper and come up here and do the same thing. And I'm still trying to follow that same pattern, that same direction. This is a little bit thicker, so we'll review afterward. It switched to a black Sharpie, and you can get some very fine lines in here. A swell. And the Purple Mountains. We're gonna go ahead in at a shadow on here. We're gonna do another layer of color on these purple mountains. It looks like a shadow. There's some maybe some trees out on the front, or maybe some rocks down on the front. I'm not going to cover all of that purple up, but just making a little bit darker here. I think it looks more natural than having that bright purple in there. I think that looks good. Maybe, uh, filling the little windows here, making sure these are gonna bleed too much. Look, Okay, so go ahead and fill these in, and then we will fill injustice. Bottom box of the lighthouse here on. Then we will be finishing up or neck section is gonna be all our final touches 12. Alcohol Ink Lighthouse - Step 8 - the Final Details: all right. So you can see here where I've gone ahead and just finished up the top of the lighthouse here with the black. And then I added just that little shadow and the couple of little, um, windows in the lighthouse area itself. And now I'm using my black Sharpie, and I'm just gonna be adding some fine details here in the rock area as well. This is basically again doing the same layering technique as we did with the inks. Thanks ever. This is just gonna be a little bit more fine. So it's gonna get use that more natural looking rock in here. So we have some real fine details in here and you'll notice I'm constantly taking my pan and just kind of rubbing it in on the tape here because the ink sometimes will gum up these pens quite easily. So if it's not making any marks, just kind of pay piece paper on the side or have ah, um a piece of tape or somebody got a scribble on next to you. In that way, you get rolling again. Take anti. I'm very random. With all these little lines, the more random you are sometimes the more natural it looks When I was going to kind of pull out these little areas here down the front, A lot of times you'll have it was the waves kind of crash in. You've got some rocks down and here is Well, it's gonna kind of, Well, a few little spots appear on the top of these rocks are, so it looks like the lights kind of hitting them on the edge here. No, it's not so perfect again. Get these little things that jet out. Have you ever looked at the Rocky Coast of Maine hair? It's, ah, quite spectacular, actually. But it's certainly the way that the rocks where it's pretty amazing. So I just went ahead, and I just underlined, Uh, Islands in the back here is well, so it straightens that out a little bit. And we can grab ah, white gel pen as well now, and we're going to do that same ocean. This is just a little bit brighter than what the snow cap is. You see, that gives some really nice looking. It was most looks like it's the rocks or wet or it's a way. This gives a nice highlight a pair. I'm doing the same thing in the water and along that edge underneath the islands in the back. This is just those little final touches. This is not something you have to do. But I like to kind of layer these. So you can I could show you some different techniques as we're doing this. I do love my gel pens, and this is made by a signal. And I think I bought these actually online on Amazon. And I can pull little little couple dots here on the lighthouse on the roofs just to give it again. A little highlight, like the sun is shining on it. Those little finishing touches and then maybe a little bit are on the, uh, the the glass area and writer here around the little railing that they have. So that is pretty much it. With the exception, we do need to go ahead and put I were fence in here is Well, let's go ahead and put a mat on it and see how it's coming along. Hopefully, your loving yours at this point as well, if not, continue to do some extra little touches. I have my white gel pen. Here, let me go ahead and sign this real quick, even though I'm gonna through the fence in here as well. You could also fix up any of these little on the edges if you're great, kind of goes out a little bit too far. And I did forget to tell you that with the gray just mixed up a little bit of white in the black together and that will make a nice, thick gray so it doesn't tend to spread too much on you when you're when you're filling in just that little bit of shadow area. So let's go ahead and put in our fence for their last little little item here, and I was gonna make two small, thin lines here. I'm gonna go ahead and add in little white little pickets and they were gonna take our white gel pen and go right over the top of those again for a nice highlights. So it looks like that the darker areas or shadow area, This is very small. I think that's it. So, uh, hope you enjoyed this course. This is a little bit more detail than are other ones that we've done in the past, working on some new ones again, coming up. And hopefully this was a five star course for you. And if it wasn't, Please let me know what I can do to make it better for you next time. And if you want to share your paintings with me Ah, love toe. Have you tagged me? Or add Meteo Facebook instagram Any of those social media platforms out there which are all in my profile as well as you can follow some from free tips and things that I do upon YouTube, so thanks again. 13. How to Seal your Alcohol Ink Painting : one of the most important things about alcohol Inc is to seal it correctly. So I have a demo piece here. I've just taken some alcohol inks. I threw Cem cling wrap on top of it, and it makes this gorgeous background. So if this is in the interest you this is a perfect little background for really anything that you want to paint on top of it. Um, Dragonflies you could were some trees in there. You could do pretty much anything. But look what this looks like. Just just as is. If you want to do more of an abstract painting, you could just put a mat right on top of that. Look how gorgeous that is. It's beautiful just by itself. So I am going to let this dry really quick, and I'd advise you to do a test yourself before you actually seal your painting. So we will be using the came Are varnish for this and UV resistant clear spray is what's going to protect it from Vaid ing. Now you do want toe. Make sure that whenever you do this, you put it in a area that's not direct sunlight. A lot of new windows have UV protection in them, which helps, Um, but here's how you going to do it. You're just going to spray very lightly that came or varnish over your dried painting, so make sure it's completely dry. Depending on how much ink you use, It could drive very quickly. If you use a lot of ink, you may want to wait before you do your came are varnish bright and depending on how thick it is. Aziz. Well, you may need to do a couple of coats for this, so I let mine dry, usually about 15 minutes, and it's dry again. This depends on your area committee your heat. So to light coats, maybe three. If it's really heavy, let me show you here. This is what people do when they first start alcohol inks. They'll use any kind of spray not realizing that it actually reactivates the sinks. So the camera varnish is very important to actually seal in your inks before you do any other type of spray, including that you ve spray. So this is triple thick, which a lot of folks will use for tiles because it will give it a nice, glossy shine um, but you still need to do the camera, burnish first, essentially the UV spray, and then you could use the triple thick. But I will say, Really, if you want to use this, um, and use it a lot, those sprays will not protect a tile, and we're gonna use it as a tile. You're better off to actually use a coat of art resin, which has you be protected in it. And I do have a video up on YouTube on how to seal a tiles. If you want to check that out, that could be really helpful as well.