When we talk alcohol ink our minds usually go in one direction, bottled ink like Marabu & Piñata. But guess what? They have a place in polymer clay. 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 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.
alcohol ink pens on sculpey Primo glitter gold polymer clay
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 of mine 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.
Till then Happy Claying,
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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! 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 on the project I want to do. The major differences between the brands seems to be in the color pallet, and viscosity (or the fluidity) 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…
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 spreads 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 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 tends to be more fluid and tend to spread more drop by drop. This often allows for more blending of colors and more muted effects.
Adirondack ink chart
Adirondack 3 packs of coordinating colorsAdirondack
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