Alcohol Ink Tips

with Francine Dufour Jones

Alcohol Ink Tips - with Francine Dufour Jones

FAQS

Supplies

Click Here to view and or download  written supply list for alcohol inks.

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I have given many of the AI class participants some of the these wonderful mini brushes.

Some of you really like them and have asked where they could get more. I put links up for these but the links changes. The easiest way is to go to Amazon.com

and do a search for “dental micro brushes”

Many will pop up and here is a photo of one….

applicators


One of the best white pens I  have found for highlights and covering dark’s.

whitepen

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KK6X7CW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1#customerReviews


Groups

Alcohol Ink and Mixed Media  This is one of my favorite groups. Very open and not a lot of picky rules.

Media:https://www.facebook.com/groups/Alcoholinks/ – “A friendly, open group for anyone interested in alcohol inks and mixed media. Feel free to share your pics and promote your work.”

Alcohol Ink Arts Showcase
Open to the Public Featuring the Latest ART Craze Created by wonderful alcohol ink artists. https://www.facebook.com/groups/alcoholinkartshowcase/


Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/alcoholinkdreamscapes/ – “This is a newly emerging group to support artists who are learning and building on the Dreamscaping process as offered in June Rollins’ Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Quick Reference Guide and Instructional DVDs. All levels welcome.”

Between the Alcohol Ink Art Community Site and the new facebook groups, there are many opportunities to share and connect with other Alcohol Ink Painters!

 


Framing

 

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I have been getting a few emails about alcohol inks so I thought I would post some of the info here.

 

Here are some wonderful little tile frames I like. I have found it is useful to get the backs that are enclosed as it has a neater and more professional finish.

Here is the link. http://www.aftosa.com/wood-tile-products/

Dick Blick now carries frames.
http://www.dickblick.com/products/wood-trivet-frames/

frames

This glue works well to permanently adhere the tiles to the word frames.

glue


Sealing

One of the most asked and experimented with in the alcohol ink communities is all about sealing tiles and YUPO paper.

1. Many artist swear by Krylon Kamar for at least a first coat. I now do this also. I like that it does not disturb my signature or the painting.  I usually do two coats. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Next I use Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Glaze. I may use several coats. Spray lightly from about 12 inches away. Let each coat dry thoroughly before adding another coat. Once I seal the tiles I let the art cure for about a week before letting anything touch it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another option.
After at least one coat of Kamar  instead of Krylon Crystal Clear Triple Thick spray  an inexpensive  alternative is Rust-Oleum  often found at a hardware or automotive store.sealer-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To protect against fading in sunlight use.Provides a permanent, protective gloss coating which protects art, crafts, and valuables against fading caused by harmful UV light rays. Moisture resistant and smudgeproof.

To protect art work from heat many artists are swearing by using resin. This one is very popular and I just got some. It does look simpy to use. They have great videos on how to use it. I just got mine and look forward to trying it out.
https://www.artresin.com/


Tips

paintingwithblendingsolution-a I original thought it was so awesome to put blending solution in aqua brush as seen on Ranger Inks it worked great a few times BUT it dissolves the ring around the brush fibers…YIKEs. So now I just put alcohol in these wonderful aqua brushes.Here is a short movie I made on using an aqua brush and Andirondack blending solution for very controlled painting. Solution.

Click Here


Classes

Free Online Class: Alcohol Inks Basics

Welcome to this free class. I am testing various methods to present basic online learning for alcohol inks. This is a beta class and I would appreciate any feedback. What things you would like to see, questions, and suggestions. I will continue to evolve this class. This class or some experience will be a foundation for the more advance techniques to be released in classes.
Check back often at the website I created just for sharing about alcohol ink http://alcoholinktips.com
If you have questions you can email me Francine Dufour Jones at
francine@artbyfrancine.com

This is my offering to you…enjoy and have fun. I would love to have you share your art.


Supplies

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The first section is on my favorite supplies. You can just download the pdf list and or you can watch the video on supplies which is about 11 minutes long.

Download PDF supply list: click here

Download attached PDF :  Supply List For Classes
Watch and or download video: click here


Painting Demo “Wild Flower”

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This demo is about having fun with alcohol inks. I demonstrate an easy way to make an abstract flower using canned air. It is pure play time. You can do it!
Click here to watch flower demo video. You can download this for your own use.


Tips

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As time goes on I will add more and more tips. The first video is sharing my delight in using the aqua brush with blender solution. Click here to view and or download for your own use.

Print or download this page: Free Online Alcohol Ink Basics Class


Surfaces

Alcohol inks are best used on most non-porous surfaces. Some of the surfaces are things like: ceramic tiles, YUPO paper, glass, tin, metals and many more. The two I have been using the most are YUPO and tiles.

Here is a video from Tim Holtz of Ranger Inks demonstrating some of the surfaces possible.


From the website:
http://yupousa.com/what-is-yupo/

YUPO is the 100% recyclable, waterproof, tree-free Synthetic Paper with attributes and properties that make it the perfect solution for a variety of marketing, design, packaging and labeling needs.

YUPO Synthetic Papers are extruded from polypropylene pellets. The process of extrusion occurs in our quarter-mile long manufacturing facility located in Chesapeake, Virginia. The various grades, weights and thicknesses of yupo are spun into spools in lengths from 725 yards to 7,500 yards, which are cut in to widths from 6 to 66 inches. After cutting and finishing has taken place, they are ready to ship todistributors and manufacturers for commercial and technical markets.

YUPO Attributes:

  • Super-smooth
  • Prints consistently and effortlessly
  • Holds ink with razor-sharp precision
  • Durable
  • Wipes clean
  • Waterproof
  • Will not tear
  • Bright White

Ten reasons to use yupo Synthetic Paper:

  • It’s WATERPROOF, and stands up to the rigors of the elements and demanding environments.
  • Ultra-smooth and bright white, it’s a paper alternative that stands out.
  • Versatility – from packaging and labels to commercial design and marketing, yupo has grades for many applications.
  • 100% tree-free yupo is the premium synthetic that’s 100% recyclable.
  • YUPO is dimensionally stable for superior ink adhesion.
  • Chemical and stain-resistant yupo comes in various weights.
  • YUPO is available in super-white and translucent grades.
  • You’ll have access to our sales and technical support team for every yupo project.
  • Because yupo is a pulp-free paper, shelf life of printed pieces is extended for overall value.
  • High-gloss yupo accepts die cutting, perforations, embossing and special metallizing processes with beautiful results.

Labeling and Packaging Solutions

YUPO IML LogoYUPO IML – add yupo to your blow-molded packaging solutions and you have a brand item that is scratchproof, won’t scuff, tear or flag, and eliminates the need for adhesive backing, which is great for the environment. Follow the link to learn more about the In-Mold Label process.

Labeling and Packaging Applications

Food and Beverage, Health and Beauty, Automotive, Household Chemicals, Home and Garden, Hard Surface Cleaners

Marketing and Design Applications

Annual Reports, Posters, Postcards, Menus, Labels, Catalogs, Calendars, Inserts, Index Tabs, Hang Tags, Bookmarks, Envelopes, Banners, Manuals, Magazines, Maps, Business Cards, Kids’ Books, Bellybands, POP Materials, Flysheets, Coasters, Backlit Displays, Travel Guides, Water-Resistant Books, Heavy-Use Materials

Print, Design and Marketing Materials

Designers and project managers know that when a project calls for a truly extraordinary paper – one with a smooth feel like no other, one so white that color jumps off the page, and one that must be durable or withstand certain things that would damage ordinary paper – it’s time to call on yupo.


Resources

Free eBook about painting with alcohol ink.ebook-free-alcohol-inks

For the last three months over 80 alcohol ink artists have been working tirelessly to bring techniques and examples to the world in a free eBook.  It is a marvelous expression of art from members of the Facebook Alcohol Ink Artists group.  You will find two sections: short tutorials and step-by-step techniques.

Click Here to  Download

Click Here to Read Online

Cover Picture Credits: Top – Riv DeWitt (Riv MagentaRivers), Centre – Sheryl Franklin, Bottom – Willow Wand (Suzie Baker)

I have an entry on page 13
LisG


E-Books

Free eBook about painting with alcohol ink.ebook-free-alcohol-inks

For the last three months over 80 alcohol ink artists have been working tirelessly to bring techniques and examples to the world in a free eBook.  It is a marvelous expression of art from members of the Facebook Alcohol Ink Artists group.  You will find two sections: short tutorials and step-by-step techniques.

Click Here to  Download

Click Here to Read Online

Cover Picture Credits: Top – Riv DeWitt (Riv MagentaRivers), Centre – Sheryl Franklin, Bottom – Willow Wand (Suzie Baker)

I have an entry on page 13
LisG


Large Bottles of Ink

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I get my large bottles  locally from Blaines Art Supply

Dharma Trading Company is a good mail order company in the USA

If you want to find a retailer near you check on Jacquard Products store locator.

I like the larger bottles of Jacquard ink because it is a better deal.
I usually order plastic bottles or glass bottles with pipettes to pour the inks into for painting. I ordered them from Amazon

1 Oz (30 ml) CLEAR Boston Round Glass Bottle w/ Dropper – Pack of 12

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Brand Name Premium Vials
Part Number 1OBRCD0012
Material Type Borosilicate Glass
Number of Items 12
Capacity 30.0  milliliters , 29.5  milliliters
Color Clear
EAN 0708191703198
Size 1 Oz (30 ml)
UNSPSC Code 41121819
UPC 708191703198

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410Ilae++GLYou could also get plastic squeeze bottles to paint with.

Plastic Dropping Bottles, 30ml, 12 pack


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Blending Solution

Recipe

I use 3 drops of glycerin to 1.5 oz. of 91% alcohol

Others recommend different percentages. You should play with  it to see what you like IE
2 drops of glycerin to 1.5 oz of alcohol
3 drops of glycerin to 2 oz of alcohol
4 drops of glycerin to 1.5 oz of alcohol

The glycerin is vegetable glycerin. I got my first one at a health food store. Then I bought some at Amazon.

Note: I have found sometimes on tile the inks rub off real easily when dried. Perhaps if they are sealed this would not happen.