Mixing alcohol inks and watercolors

Mixing alcohol inks and watercolors - student project

Thank you Sarah for this fabulous and well explained class! You totally took away my fear of alcohol inks ...

I tried to upload the 2 Youtube videos I made but couldn't. If you like, you can check them out on https://youtu.be/uVcbPKtHh6Y and https://youtu.be/YSJyapDVMnQ

Project 1: coasters!

I tried to get Yupo paper here in Kona, Hawaii, but it was over 20 bucks for 10 sheets of paper so I figured I could start out with some little tiles I found at our local Habitat for Humanity store for almost free. I used Ranger Ink flamingo, amethyst and patina and loved how the pink and blue mixed into this gorgeous purple.


Mixing alcohol inks and watercolors - image 1 - student project


Mixing alcohol inks and watercolors - image 2 - student project



After spraying the tiles with the Krylon Kamar we're now using them as coasters.


Project 2: watercolor meditations with alcohol inks!

If you've been on my IG account you know that I do watercolor meditations every Sunday - and for one session I mixed rubbing alcohol, Ranger alcohol ink, liquid watercolors from Ecoline and some handmade pearlescent copper paint. It was absolutely fascinating to watch the alcohol and alcohol ink interact with the water and the watercolors. Like one big fun explosion on paper.


The big blob here was the outcome:

Mixing alcohol inks and watercolors - image 3 - student project


I didn't like it as a piece by itself so I did what I always do with such pieces: I make tags out of them! They are a wonderful way to decorate gifts or cards.


Mixing alcohol inks and watercolors - image 4 - student project

Keiko Saile / The Aloha Studios

Artist | Tropical plant lover