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Alcohol Inks?
« on: April 16, 2011, 01:02:19 AM »
I've just purchased quite a few alcohol inks and some blending solution but found there to be no "white" ink...there's a black but no white...so how would one mix lighter colours? Any ideas? There's a pale peach colour, that might work but wouldn't be ideal.  Does anyone know of any other brand that can be mixed and does a white shade?

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2011, 02:13:14 AM »
What brand are you using? I have a lot of the Ranger Adirondack inks and they are translucent, and as far as I know there isn't a white, since that would be opaque.

If you want lighter colours just dilute the inks with the blending solution or alcohol (I've used vodka, lol).

The Ranger inks also have a pastel range which I think is called Lights... Emma definitely sells them.

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2011, 04:18:11 AM »
Yeah it's the ranger stuff I've bought too. Never thought about the opacity.  How would one mix a pink for example...with paint it would be red and white...never used inks before.

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2011, 05:00:26 AM »
What colours do you have already? It sort of depends on the pink you're going for - personally I like Raspberry or Wild Plum diluted down to make a rose pink. Watermelon makes a more orangey colour.

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2011, 07:58:35 AM »
You can buy all sorts of paler, pastel shades from the Lights collection, including pinks.

There is a pearl mixative - which you can use to make the colours into pearlised metallic shades, and at the same time this makes them somewhat more opaque and paler, as well as shimmery.

Because they are translucent - really the colour control is all about layering and usage. Diluting with blending solution, alcohol etc and applying in thin layers will give a softer (and therefore paler) wash of colour.

Applying more thickly or with multiple layers will build up to a deeper, more intense shade.

If you really want to add a white, you could mix them with a little white acrylic paint. But at that point really you are moving away from them being inks and just turning them into paints. Inks by nature tend to be translucent and there isn't really a translucent white other than the clear of alcohol or blending solution

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2011, 08:45:42 AM »
I have a white Pinata ink but when mixing with it  the translucency of the colours disapeers and like Emma says it looks more like paint than ink. I used it on silverfoil and the foil didn't show like it use to when i mixed with white. 

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2011, 03:57:31 AM »
try color testing differnt dilutions on white clay !!

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2011, 11:40:10 PM »
Could someone show me work done with inks? I have one bottle of purple ink (my fave colour) but I really don't know what to do with it! x

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2011, 04:43:40 PM »
Amanda, have a look at Di's work on page 9 of the September Bead Gallery.  She does wonderful stuff with inks.  I've been experimenting a lot with inks lately, but I don't have anything actually finished yet to show.  Purple's my favourite colour too  :)

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2011, 04:49:01 PM »
Try them over metal leaf and foil - that can be really cool

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2011, 05:59:05 PM »
THIS BLACK CLAY WITH SILVER LEAF - BAKED - THEN INKS APPLIED - THEN GLAZED !


dicroic barrel beads by jembox, on Flickr

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2011, 06:01:56 PM »
Those are gorgeous Jan!

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2011, 06:06:08 PM »
THESE ARE TRANSLUCENT CLAY SHEET RANDOMLY COLORED WITH DIFFERNT COLORS OF INK - THEN A SHEET OF FOILON 1/2 - THEN FOLDED
CLOSED - THEN STRECHED THRU THE PASTA MACH.  REPEAT FOLD AND PASTA MACH. 1 OR 2 MORE TIMES TILL THE FOIL LOOKS LIKE GLITTER SIZED
PIECES-  THIN SHEET - WRAP AROUND A TRANSLUCENT CORE ( MINE WERE PREBAKED TUBES) BAKE AND GLAZED

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2011, 06:07:35 PM »
Thaks Emma !!

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Re: Alcohol Inks?
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2011, 06:08:23 PM »
Those are absolutely gorgeous Jan - especially the dichroic effect ones.
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