Check out this easy to do quick holiday project with Tim Holtz and Ranger Alcohol Inks. Ornaments 3 Ways. Watercolored, Stamped and Solid. There no limits to your imagination with these tools.
Tim Holtz with Ranger put together this video and since I love alcohol inks. I knew I would have to give it a try. I’ve got my favorite inks now I just have to get me some glass ornaments. I’m seeing this as a wonderful backdrop to a polymer clay enhanced ornament. You’ll just have to wait to see what I come up with but in the meantime, Check this out.
You can make these custom gifts for the entire family using canned air and alcohol inks in minutes.
But here are a few tips
Use the ink sparingly so it spreads and does not pool too much which will “muddy” the colors and ultimately the project. Also, as a note, both samples shown are using the Ranger Alcohol Inks which are translucent whereas the Pinata Alcohol Ink by Jacquard would be more vibrant and less translucent.
Check out what these other Bloggers created Melissa with Bliss Bloom made these cuties.
Watercolor Ornaments with Alcohol Ink.
Check out this one made by LulaBelle Handicrafts.
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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