Sunday, July 8, 2018

Alcohol Inks


For some reason, doing these abstract alcohol ink flowers is very relaxing.  

They are created using canned air. 

 The downside to buying the air is that repeated use can get quite expensive.


See the sharp lines in the middle of this flower?
They were caused when the applicator on the can touched the surface of the paper.

An air compressor wouldn't do that.
And an air compressor would be a one time purchase.

Hope my hubby is reading this.

. . . . .

These inks were created on glossy black cardstock using lots of white alcohol ink.  They were done during one of the modules in Alexis Bonavitacola's online workshop, Florals in Bloom.

The learning curve for me has been knowing when to stop with the white ink - too much creates an opaque finish.  

Since they are difficult to control, the inks are challenging, 
but I stockpiled some Yupo so I'm looking forward to having some fun with them this summer.



39 comments:

  1. This simply is stunning and I hope for you that your hubby is reading this about the air compressor.
    My hubby owns one as it comes so handy for many things.A man should own an air compressor by all means!
    I am looking forward to more of this amazing blooms!
    Hugs, Susi

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Susi! Yes, a man should own an air compressor. In fact, I wonder if my husband has one somewhere...

      Delete
  2. Gorgeous, Chris! I showed Jim and then I read him your comment about the air compressor. We both laughed out loud:) We think an air compressor would be a very wise purchase:)

    ReplyDelete
  3. they look very cool :) the inks create a very neat effect :)

    compressors are not that much money, ebay can be a good place to look......lol :p

    and yes every man should have one if they have the space, hubby has 2 hooked up together with plan to get another one eventually lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jennifer. And thanks for the tip about looking on eBay.
      So your husband thinks three compressors are better than two. At least he's not into cameras or computers, I hope.

      Delete
  4. I bet they are beautiful when framed.

    God bless.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Amazing flowers! Never heard of this technique, and I have no idea what an air compressor is. But I hope your hubby has one!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Judy. I'll post more about the technique soon.

      Delete
  6. This technique looks fascinating-and what beautiful flowers you have created! Looking forward to seeing what else you will create this summer!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Great! A feather-light flower - it looks so wonderful! Of course, now I'm very curious how you managed to get it. Maybe once you've found the right tools at home, you'll show them.
    warm regards - Ulrike

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Ulrike. That's a great idea. I'll post more about the technique.

      Delete
  8. Wow what a great result, beautiful, beautiful flowers . You are always such a great source of inspiration ! ( Think I'm repeating myself ).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Jane, for such a lovely comment.
      I am a card carrying member of your fan club!

      Delete
  9. SO beautifully painted Chris. The flowers are gorgeous .. You're getting to be a master with this technique. Alcohol inks is not the easiest to do.. Beautiful work..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Hilda. They are unpredictable, but fun.

      Delete
  10. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a wonderful flower effect the airbrush gives.
      The Point Zero airbrush for about 80 bucks is quiet and reliable for what you want to do.

      I find the secret to AI is to go with the flow! It does things on its own that I could never manage to do.

      Delete
    2. Thanks, Julie! Appreciate the tip regarding Point Zero & that important secret!

      Delete
  11. These are so gorgeous Chris. They remind me of an Xray of a flower head. They definitely have an ethereal quality to them. Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Terri.
      They are good summer fun.

      Delete
  12. Hello Chris,
    Very special creations. Wonderful.

    Greetings, Marco

    ReplyDelete
  13. Chris how beautiful. What an intetesting technique too with the canned air. That dash of color with the inks is so dramatic against the black background. Looks like your July is off to a great creative start. Hugs!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Dear Chris, lovely and enjoy... wine as well as painting ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ·.•*•♫°•♫·.•ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ!! Best wishes, Sadami

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you, Marco, Debbie & Sadami, for your lovely comments!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Beautiful flowers - so clever how you manipulate the ink to create them.
    I have looked into my crystal ball Chris and feel certain you will showing us your new compressor very soon :)
    Gill xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Gill.
      Hahaha! I am shopping for a compressor...

      Delete
  17. These flowers are quite magical - and made with air (and some ink). You've achieved a lovely transparent effect, so light.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Sheila. It was a great class.

      Delete
  18. The effects and the result achieved are simply spectacular.
    I like it.
    regards

    ReplyDelete
  19. These are quite beautiful …

    All the best Jan

    ReplyDelete