I’ve been playing with the alcohol inks again!

Last weekend I spent Saturday creating with alcohol inks while learning from Kathryn Kanadian who was in Ottawa teaching a couple of classes. Kathryn is a wonderful teacher and I now have a few new tricks to try and techniques to practice. This lavender panel was created with dots of ink on an applicator; I used passion purple, rich gold (Pinata) and  juniper (Ranger) along with some blending solution or isopropyl alcohol. I dabbed the applicator all over the craft plastic for quite a while and added blending solution and more ink when needed. The gold ink didn’t move much but the other two colours created a lot of pattern. These delicate flowers which look a little like lavender are cut with PB ‘tall flowers’ dies. The sentiment from the PB ‘special sentiments’ set I stamped with dusty concord archival ink. I had a section of the patterned panel left over so I was able to die cut some more flowers to pop inside the card. You can be sure I put stick-it adhesive on those panels before I cut such skinny flowers out.

The panel of browns and gold below came together as Kathryn was encouraging us to experiment with blending solution to move the ink. I used more than I usually would and was delighted with all the variation of colour I achieved, the dotted patterns and the splotches of gold here and there. I used ginger, espresso (Ranger) and rich gold (Pinata). Kathryn had samples of her wonderful work including a coffee themed card that inspired this one.

I used the Concord & 9 ‘simple serif’ alphabet dies to cut the letters from antique gold cardstock and framed the panel in antique gold also.

The daisy panel was a bit of a breakthrough for me as I had only made landscapes with alcohol inks by accident or trial and error in the past. With the introduction of a stylus and alcohol ink brushes I was able to paint some daisies and splatter a rain shower over the top of them.

I began by creating a green background with the help of some isopropyl alcohol and green ink (not sure if it was meadow or pesto??)  I used a stylus to dot the centres of the flowers in copper and pitch alcohol inks (Ranger) then I used a brush to paint petals around the centres and stems and grass at the base. The splatters of isopropyl alcohol pulled the composition together.

Although it looks black the cardstock framing the panel is actually dark green. I embossed a little sentiment from the PB ‘family sentiments’ set in white powder.

I created a few more panels during the class which hopefully I will turn into cards soon. Thanks Kathryn for a wonderful class.


11 Comments on “I’ve been playing with the alcohol inks again!”

  1. Liane Desmarais-Cavanagh says:

    You are sooo talented. These are georgus. (Personal fav? The Coffee!)
    Can’t wait to see more.

  2. Lagene says:

    GORGEOUS creations! I would love to see a video about the alcohol ink “painting” of flowers!

  3. Lynn says:

    Love the colours. The coffee really caught my eye. Striking.

  4. Heather, beautiful cards. I along with 2 other ladies took Kathryn’s Sunday class but after the fact we all said that we had taken the wrong class. We all thought that Saturday’s class was more or less for those who had not worked with alcohol inks before (WRONG!). Terry Janes too the Saturday class and she is certainly not a beginner and now I see you took it as well and you are most certainly not a beginner and far from it! I know Kathryn is coming back next year and if she offers the same type of class I will definitely take the “beginner” one. Bev Tremblay
    Sent from my iPad

  5. Vicki B says:

    These cards are all just beautiful! I love working with alcohol inks.

  6. Pat says:

    Three gorgeous cards Heather and what fabulous colours. I love the purple tones on the first with the black silhouette flowers and sentiment which work beautifully, and the second with the browns with the gold in the background and the soft gold die cut wording goes perfectly, and lastly the daisy flowers and grass which you have painted with the AI’s looks fabulous, and such a pretty green background with the spattering which adds lots of interest. x

  7. Karen Jackson says:

    Heather I love these Alcohol ink cards. I love to work with Alcohol inks but didn’t realise that one could paint so successfully with them. Have just had to order the Tim Holtz Tool set and now have to wait 3-5 days for it to arrive! usually when you layer one A I colour on top of another the inks react. Do you have to treat the inked panel with anything before painting on top of the already Alcohol Inked background? Beautiful work Heather.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Karen, I worked on the back of photo paper for the coffee card but the other two panels were grafix craft sheets, not treated with anything. When I was painting the petals the inks did move the background below so I had to let it dry and go over it a few times until there was enough yellow pushing the green aside.

  8. Bonnie says:

    Beautiful alcohol ink backgrounds, Heather! Love them all but those daisies steal my heart!

  9. Fantastic cards! I saw the daisy card on Flickr and came for closer look:) Amazing!

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