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Textures of nature: a great free tutorial for polymer clay artists

flower pendant

It appears she has used alcohol inks in this pendant.

I love the textures that nature offers and am often inspired by them so when I found this tutorial by Russian artist Julia Titova I just had to share.

air dried clay for molding

The best I can tell (using google translate since originally it was written in Russian) is that she is using air dry clay to make the relief of the flowers both fresh and dried and then makes the pendants reinforcing it with resin. You could also use polymer clay or silicone mold making kits for a more stable longer lasting mold.

relief molds

relief molds

After the mold base has been made she then makes the relief imprint, and adds color  in the form of, my personal favorites,  alcohol inks or thinned acrylic paints.

colored

And finally she then adds a layer of resin to offer a tremendous depth to the piece. My personal favorite resins are Lisa Pavelkas’ Magic Glos, and Ice Resin.

stages

For me, this is just another excuse to play with nature and of course alcohol inks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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,

www.LindasArtSpot.com

 

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