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Do you ever wonder what you can do with alcohol inks and polymer clay?

When we talk alcohol ink our minds usually go in one of two directions bottled ink like Adirondack & Piñata OR markers and pens. But guess what they both have their place in polymer clay. And they can go together in the same project. Below I will show you just a few of the ways that you can use alcohol inks with polymer clay.

polymer clay that’s been tinted with alcohol ink by Ginger Davis Allman

I love using bottled ink to tint solid or liquid translucent clay.  Check out this how to great tutorial by Ginger Davis Allman at Blue Bottle Tree  You can find the supplies she discussed here at Linda Art Spot.

Alcohol backgrounds and images using bottled alcohol inks by Pamela

I love coming up with wonderful laminates of colors and even backgrounds behind stamped or silkscreened images. I’ll be coving more on this in the future but for now here is Pamela’s tutorial is about using the inks on ceramic tiles however techniques are the same techniques that I’ve applied to both raw and cured clay.

alcohol ink pens on sculpey Primo glitter gold polymer clay

But what if you want to have some control have you considered an alcohol based marker like Chameleon Pens that offer fine line detail and even ombre effects. Syndee Holt like to uses both decals and silkscreen to apply a design and then you can simply color in the design with your alcohol based ink pens like the Chameleon pens.

painting with inks using a water brush                        filled with blending solution                                                    gives you control and longer working times

You can even paint with the bottled alcohol inks using inks and blends that have been dropped onto an ink palette, and reconstituted with 91% alcohol or for more extended working time and smoother blends I prefer blending solution.

Some favorite painting tools are ink applicators , cotton balls, toothpicks, an old toothbrush for splatters, canned air, straws for blowing through and by far my favorite is the Tim Holtz water brush.  filled with blending solution, its almost like watercolor painting.

Well I hope this have given you some thoughts and inspiration about how to play in the world of alcohol inks, be on the look out next week I’ll talk about how to organize and work with with this messy buy fun exciting media.

Till then Happy Claying,

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What brand of ink should I use, Comparing Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks to Jacquard Piñata Alcohol Inks

Which brand of alcohol ink is best you ask?  Here is a quick comparison of Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks to Jacquard Piñata Alcohol Inks

I love to play with alcohol inks, and over the next few months I will share some tips, tricks and project using alcohol inks. But one question I get all the time is how do I know which brand is best jacquards Piñata ink or rangers Adirondack ink?

Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink vrs Jacquard Piñata Alcohol Ink

Well to this I say it really is a personal matter. I tend to make my decision based the individual I want to do. The major differences between the brands seem to be in the color pallet, and viscosity (or the fluidness) of the inks. Depending on your project you may want to use the brand that moves faster or slower.

Here is a quick break down with more to come…

Jacquard Piñata comes in 19 colors they are very shinny rich and vibrant, and can be quite bold. Jacquard Piñata ink tends to be a bit thicker and spread less and slower this often allows for less blending and the results can have more of a layered look and may allow for more control of color.

Jacquard Pianta Ink chart

Where as  Ranger’s Adirondack ink comes in over 55 colors they tend to be a very calm rich earthy tones. Ranger is also nice enough to produce 3 packs that offer color pallets that work well together. Ranger Adirondack ink tend to be more fluid and tend to spread more drop to drop this often allows for more blending of colors and more muted effects.

Adirondack ink chart

Adirondack 3 packs of coordinating colorsAdirondack

Adirondack 3 packs of coordinating colorsAdirondack

 

Hold tight and be on the look out for more ,                                                        comping up tips, tricks and projects using Alcohol inks 

And of course you can find these fun products and more at Linda’s Art Spot.