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MilleD

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Playing with alcohol inks
« on: October 31, 2015, 09:55:18 AM »
So I've been playing with alcohol inks recently.

I started with acetates which work beautifully with the luminosity of the inks:

Alcohol ink on acetate by Claire Oswald, sur Flickr

Alcohol ink on acetate by Claire Oswald, sur Flickr

Then I saw something called Yupo on the 'net which is a totally synthetic paper.  Not having any of this, I started experimenting with stuff I have got.

It turns out that satin photo paper behaves the same way as Yupo.  The gloss paper doesn't work though.  Not sure what it is about the satin paper but I quite like the effect:

Alcohol inks on satin photo paper by Claire Oswald, sur Flickr

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2015, 10:23:11 AM »
that is gorgeous

It would be cool to somehow transfer the pattern to polyclay too.

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2015, 01:01:57 PM »
I was thinking maybe printing onto raw white clay. But the inks dry soooooo fast it's really difficult.

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2015, 04:11:39 PM »
The adirondack blending solution is supposed to extend the working time of the inks. I don't have much personal experience using it though

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2015, 07:29:16 AM »
It does, but it also removes any sort of patterns you form and merges all the inks together.  It depends what effect you are trying to achieve as to whether it's useful or not.

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2015, 07:08:16 PM »
Ah yes, I see the problem.

Gotta just work quick then I suppose. Those patterns need to get onto clay somehow, they are too pretty!

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2015, 07:54:40 PM »
Hmm, I wonder if a tiny swipe of blending solution on the clay itself and they making a 'print' would work.  I'll give it a go.

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2015, 07:57:07 PM »
I was wondering similar. Maybe working the ink on something non porous like acetate type material or something?

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2015, 08:40:21 PM »
Lovely patterns.

Maybe turn the paper over,put it on raw clay and spray the back with alcohol? Will this move the print to the clay?
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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2015, 07:52:34 AM »
The paper I've been using is too thick and plasticky.  And the ink sinks into normal paper.  Experiments are afoot.

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2015, 10:30:11 PM »
Printing wouldn't reproduce that effect though I don't think. It's all about the ink drying at the edges like watercolour. Which means that it doesn't look like that until it's dry, and therefore unprintable. But I could very easily be talking rubbish as I haven't tried it. . .
What happens if you paint on to raw clay? Or baked clay, maybe trans clay? would it have the same effect as you got on the acetate? Rubbing alcohol dilutes alc inks like water does watercolour, is the blending solution a gussied up version of rubbing alcohol? ;-)

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2015, 07:53:16 AM »
Yes Jon, I think it is.  It greatly increases the working time you get.

When you put it on raw clay it doesn't do the spreading thing.  Just sort of sits there.

Maybe this one will remain the domain of paper.

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2015, 08:27:19 AM »
Or you could encase the paper image in v thin trans liquid clay, I think Donna Kato has a way of doing something like that in one of her books. . .

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2015, 02:45:13 PM »
I still don't think it would work (for me anyway) because it only produces this effect on certain types of paper.

It would be a peice of clay with a peice of card over the top.  I like being able to see the clay.

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Re: Playing with alcohol inks
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2015, 04:39:32 PM »
I wonder if resin or something was put over the clay then inked over whether that might work.