Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dreamscapes


Night Sky Over the Canyon / Alcohol Ink on Yupo

Artist June Rollins brought alcohol ink paintings to the forefront when her gorgeous "dreamscapes" began appearing all over the internet.

Almost everyone who has tried alcohol inks is seduced by their vibrancy and flow.
Although they have been tamed by some artists, alcohol inks force most painters to
loosen up and to embrace UNhappy accidents.

When the results are really disappointing (not too often), the ink paintings can easily be cropped or chopped and used for mixed media projects,
a win-win scenario.

Hope you give them a try!


36 comments:

  1. Talk about gorgeous - THIS is gorgeous! I also checked out June's work. I'd never seen her paintings before - very nice!

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    1. Thanks, Candy. June has videos out there (a couple of free tutorials), if you're interested. Messy, but fun.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. They are pretty elusive in most places, but I saw one in Michigan of all places. It knocked my socks off.

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  3. Wonderful mix of colour.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you, Jan. The colors really run and mix. The pieces kind of paint themselves.

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    1. Thank you, Christine. Appreciate it!

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  5. Lovely work, Chris! Once, I did it and did not get it well (maybe drinking wine is better?!), but I enjoyed it and love wash. Best wishes, Sadami

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    1. Thanks, Sadami. I have an artist friend who hosts something called Inks and Drinks. She says drinking wine while you're doing the inks makes them look better. I've never tried it, but she might have something there.

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  6. I love your Night sky painting! IUt's just stunning! Alcohol inks are fun and always good to use - and there are so many techniques out there to try with them. I use them not often enough I admit. But maybe I should get them out soon again - you are such an inspiration always Chris!
    Hugs, Susi

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    1. Oh, thank you, Susi. I hope you pull them back out. There are so many great videos on YouTube ( like yours ) that really help. Hugs back to you.

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  7. Hello Chris,
    Very special paint.
    Wonderful to see all these colors.

    Greetings, Marco

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  8. Love the vibrancy Yupo gives to most pieces! (I say most because I do not get that level of vibrancy when I try it...) Your title for this piece is spot on, Chris. I saw exactly what it is before you even described it...canyon walls, looking up from bottom at the beautiful night sky...sigh...

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    1. Thank you, Sherry.

      You will get more vibrancy when you put a clean, unadulterated color next to a muddier color (especially if the muddier color is the complement of the clean color) if that makes sense.

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  9. You used the alcohol inks to conjure up such an intense landscape! It's been a long time since I tried this technique, but your great example makes me want to try it again!
    Sorry I had to kick Mr. Google Translator off my blog, but the new privacy policy no longer allows him. But you know how to help yourself...
    Warm regards Ulrike

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    1. Thank you, Ulrike. If you haven't tried the inks in a while, it will be great fun to dive back into it.
      And the translator - The blogging translator doesn't work that great anyway. I often copy & paste into another translator so I can actually understand what people write. The privacy policy in the EU must be a real nightmare for bloggers. Some bloggers have switched to private blogs, but some bloggers have just shut down their sites. Sad.

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  10. This is so beautiful, Chris. We Have an artist in my Wed. Workshop who works with alcohol inks on yupo and his work is outstanding as this one..... Honestly I think it's not that easy but the results are amazing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Hilda.
      I hope he enjoys doing the inks as much as I do.

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  11. Absolutely dream-catching. Never tried inks yet! Maybe Someday!

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Hope you give them a try!

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  12. It's amazing how you created a real landscape with this alcohol ink technique! I love it - your Night Sky Over the Canyon is very inspiring!
    Wish you a happy weekend!
    Rike xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Rike. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!

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  13. Beautiful, Chris! I’ve tried them on YUPO but not gotten the great results you did - I think it depends on the colors you choose and use (I admit, I just have a few but should be able to come up with something pretty). You just go for it and it is wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda. There are hits and misses with inks, for sure, but they are still lots of fun.

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  14. long time since I have visited your blog and what a lot you have done, super nice alcohol ink collages love those. have a great summer dear

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    1. Thank you, Dorte. Hoping you have a great summer, too.

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  15. Wow that is really magical Chris. I haven't played with alcohol inks for a while and usually use glossy card but have never tried anyting quite like that.
    Funnily enough, my morning ritual is to start the day with a cup of tea in bed watching YT videos and I was watched a video on this subject last week but it was nowhere as beautiful and inspiring as your artwork.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Gill x

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    1. Thank you for your very lovely comment, Gill.
      Hope you have some fun and get back to the inks.

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  16. A beautiful dreamscape , gorgeous mix of colors on the rocks. I never tried this technic , but definitely interesting !

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    1. Thank you, Jane. Yes, it is different and lots of fun.

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