One thing that I really love about the art & craft groups that I’m in on Facebook is how everyone loves to share new techniques! For the most part, artists are very caring, sharing people, and we love to share ‘how to do’ things. This fun, inky technique was shared by a wonderful lady named Janmarie, in the Alcohol Ink Art Community page, and we’re all loving it!


Janmarie called this technique ‘bottom’s up’, because you use the bottom of a bottle to create the pattern! First, find a bottle that has ridges or lines on the edge of the bottom (not all bottles are made equal; I used a wine bottle).  She has refined her technique and gets really cool, consistent patterns – mine are less so.

Fun, Inky Technique

These are 2 tries, using a combination of Limeade and Pool alcohol inks.

Fun, Inky Technique

This one, above, is done using Indigo alcohol ink.


The tricky part is finding just the right amount of ink to use. First, place your Yupo piece on your work surface. Next, place about a quarter-sized pool of ink on the Yupo. Place the bottom of the bottle into the ink, turning it to cover the ridges on the outside edge. Now, move and turn the bottle across the page.

The result is the really cool 3D effect and lines created by the bottom of the bottle, and the movement. Do you remember Spirograph? It makes me think of that!  Here’s a few close up photos, below.

I loved the ‘swoop’ I got with the Pool ink – it made me think of a wing.

By moving the bottle in sort of a square pattern, I got this kind of ‘spiral staircase’ effect.  The edges remind me of a waffle cone! (yes, I should ink when I’m hungry!).


I used smaller pieces of Yupo for these experiments, so I think I’ll turn these into backgrounds for card fronts!  I hope that you’ll try this fun, ink technique! All you need is some alcohol inks and a piece of Yupo. If you don’t have any Yupo, try it on any non-porous surface, like glossy photo paper, a glazed tile, or craft plastic.  You’ll probably get slightly different results on different substrates, but hey – that’s part of the fun! Doing this on large pieces would make some awesome abstract art.

Have a great weekend, and have fun experimenting. Let me know how yours turn out!

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4 thoughts on “A Fun, Inky Technique

  1. So fun! I love your designs. I just watched Luca, so I see fish scales in everything. Or maybe I just am thinking about the beach. Either way – they’re beautiful!

    1. Glad you like this technique, Jackie! You should try it with regular re-inkers; I bet it would work 🙂

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