Alcohol Ink Turtle

This is the second in my alcohol ink sea life series. If you missed my jellyfish yesterday, you can see it in THIS POST. This time I have an alcohol ink turtle to share with you. This one didn’t turn out quite as I wanted, so it’s just a practice piece. But, I thought I’d share it anyway! I think it’s important to share that not everything goes right, the first time.


The background that you see is not how it started out; that was my first clue that things weren’t going to go smoothly! After sketching out the turtle, I dropped alcohol inks for the background, and then brushed them together. I didn’t like it, but left it and went on to the turtle.

Alcohol Ink Turtle

I guess the best I can say is that the basic shape of the turtle is pretty good! LOL  If you take off your reading glasses and squint, the painting looks okay! I had such trouble trying to blend the colours on the shell, you can see it’s way overworked. When alcohol ink gets overworked, it starts to get thick, and tacky. When it gets like that, you have to get out the isopropyl alcohol and lift it off!


If you’d like to give the alcohol ink turtle a try, I’d love to see it!  I will be giving mine another try.

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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! :)

2 thoughts on “Alcohol Ink Turtle

  1. You are way too hard on yourself! I love the background; it really looks like moving water. And the little bubbles around the turtle are so fun. As for the turtle – I love the look on its face. Even with my reading glasses, it looks a lot more than ok!

    1. Oh, you’re so kind, my friend! 🙂 Thanks so much for your encouragement on my first turtle. I really appreciate it, and you!

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