Alcohol Ink Rock Garden

Being part of the Alcohol Ink Art Society means that I have access to amazing tutorials! Of course, the people in the Society are amazing, too. Everyone is so willing to share, and helpful with tips & information. Today I’m sharing an alcohol ink Rock Garden painting. This is my version from a tutorial by the amazing Teresa K. Brown. You should check out her website HERE, as well as her contributions to the Alcohol Ink Art Community. Society membership is a paid membership, so I’m not able to share links to her tutorials for that group.


This painting really pushed me out of my comfort zone, as there is no pre-drawing or sketching! You know how shaky I feel about my drawing abilities, so I was rather fearful that my flowers would turn out horrible. I used to be a florist, but that doesn’t mean that I’m good at drawing flowers, too! Here it is.

Alcohol Ink Rock Garden

I think that they turned out okay – a bit bigger than I intended, but hey!


I used a full 9″ x 12″ sheet of Yupo for this painting, so that it can be matted to 8″ x 10″.  The background is poured first, keeping with mainly blues and light green at the top. I used all Ranger inks, and only substituted a couple of colours from those Teresa use.  Sailboat Blue, Patina and Moss are used at the top. Colours at the bottom are Denim, Sailboat Blue, Dandelion, Gumball and Botanical.

Once the background is blended how you like, then you create the flowers, using a brush. For the flowers, I used Gumball, Pink Sherbet, and a bit of Crimson. Highlights are added with Snowcap and white Posca Pen; shadows with Pitch Black.

The bottom, rock wall portion is created by dripping isopropyl alcohol downwards. Next the rocks are drawn in with black Micron pens.

Here’s another look at my painting, with a mat over it.

Alcohol Ink Rock Garden

I’m pretty happy with this first painting! Although I think I’ll be trying it again, now that I’m feeling a bit more comfortable with painting in the flowers with no sketch! I’d love to hear what you think – leave me a comment.


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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