Alcohol ink painting is fun and frustrating at the same time. Makes beautiful colors but you have to let go of the control like you woul have in acrylics. I actually make my own alcohol ink because they are very expensive to buy. I take good magic markers and open them up to get the ink cartridge out of them. Then I soak them in at least 70% alcohol for a day or so. I then take the cartridge out of alcohol and squeeze out any remaining color. I then use it with brushes or eye droppers on Yuma paper or tiles. On tiles I might just let it flow on its own OR my favorite way on tile is to stamp it on and then I actually burn it with a lighter. The heat will burn off the alcohol and leave beautiful colors behind. It also sets the paint so that I can then seal it with a spray gloss finish.
I completely agree with you! I love acrylics the best too. The digital work has it advantages though. The ease of use, instantly fixing mistakes, definitely less cost, and so on. So I flit back and forth and also work with alcohol ink on Yuma paper or tile/glass. I could go on and on but don't want to bore you! Thanks so much for chatting. And thank you for liking my paintings!!!
Oh, yes, I was just looking at the one with the lemon (Sometimes You're Just Over the Edge) and I never did proceed with a painting-it is in a stack of detailed sketches I did anticipating doing a large paintings! LOL! I am fortunate that 90% of my work has been done over the past two years, and the shows don't want any old works (nothing over 2 years). It would certainly be 'fun' for the work to have commercial value, most people don't want to pay for an original, at least not here! I joined an association about an hour's drive from me and they are quite active with shows and exhibits, and once I was invited to show at one of the state colleges when a professor visiting the exhibit liked a few of my pieces. Anyway, I just do art for fun, started about 2-3/4 years ago when I had some time after retiring! Always wanted to be able to paint and draw full time! jean
Hi, Carol! Am enjoying an array of styles and mediums in your portfolio! Inspiring! Thank you again for commenting on my oil "Race Against Time" and you wondered whether it would be a good entry for an upcoming October 2015 Perceptions and Observations show and exhibit...it is one of 8 to ten shows I enter each year and this particular one guarantees at least one entry will be accepted. I try to enter three different pieces, an pertinent abstract ( I am posting "Red Tide Event" here today which I think will be the abstract) , and then two others, probably the three "Sleeping Tourists" and the third slot is still to be decided-this is definitely in the running and it is so much richer and more detailed in the original! I have so many here to choose from as all I do is paint and draw! The Architecture and Doors allows 5 entries (which is quite generous, but no guarantees on acceptance! I have four ready for that and may be able to do a 5th if I get inspired! jean
You left a comment on my page back in May, and I apologize for my delayed response; I have been dealing with some personal family issues and am just returning to my work. Thank you for your compliments; I find your work so powerful, dreamlike and sincere! As to your question, I do like to mix my acrylics with medium to get the texture. I love impasto feel and depending on what I am trying to achieve, I just mix until I get what I want. I look forward to seeing more of your pieces!
You do beautiful work love your nature scenes (as I am a nature girl) and your bears are wonderful I draw them myself and collect them and make them. Beautiful close ups of flowers and love your umbrella painting. (I paint a lot of umbrella s myself) Fine work my friend. Oil or acrylic?
One is a specific city "Doors and architecture" (not my usual genre!) which allows up to five entries (unusual because usually 3 max) which is in mid-August, the "Perceptions and Observations" (isn't all art?!) which is a member's show-we can submit up to 3 pieces and it's hard to get more than one in that show! Then there is a Small Town America Show (I think October) and a Black and White only show in November. After that a larger Fine Art show in January 2016! It just keeps going! LOL! I If I am going to do some oils, I need to get moving! I really like the critiques by the judges! Last show was Aviation (May) which I enter every years, I got Best of Show thisyear-I haven't even posted that one here yet! jean
There are a couple of theme specific shows I want to enter because they are part of a series of exhibits sponsored by the only art association I belong to which is about an hours drive from me! That also takes time from my browsing through the wonderful works in some of the portfolios! I feel as though I could enter into most of your paintings and wander around a bit - they are quite stunning! jean
Hi Carol! Brusho is just like watercolors, only more vibrant. They come in small jars of powder. You make a hole in the top and shake the color onto paper, I prefer either canvas or photo paper, to make designs, you can also paint with it like watercolor and paint whatever you want with it. You can buy it on Amazon! Hoped this helped!! Have a great day! xo
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