An Unusual Bird

Ravens are an unusual bird.  We have a lot of crows where we live, but when you see a Raven – you know it’s not a crow! They’re so much larger, and make a different sound. They’re incredibly smart, too, just like crows. I love bird watching in my back yard, and trying to identify all of the different kinds that come to feed. So, when the talented Francine Dufour Jones did a free live tutorial on painting a Raven in alcohol ink, you can bet I joined in!


I can’t share the video with you, as it is for paying members of the Alcohol Ink Art Society only.  But of course I’ll share my paintings with you!  I had such fun, that I did 2 paintings, not just one. And I’m inspired to do more!

The first thing to do is create your background with alcohol inks, and let it dry. That’s one reason why I did 2 paintings. If I  had to let them dry, I may as well let 2 dry as one, right? The first one has a background of Red Pepper and Sunshine Yellow, on 5″ x 7″ Yupo.

An Unusual Bird

I did mention it’s an unusual bird, didn’t I?  Oh  yeah – I was referring to the colours I chose, too!  I had a lot of fun with this ‘fantasy’ style of painting. And really, when you look at a bird that is black, it’s not ‘just’ black – they’re different colours in the black.

For this Raven, I used Tim Holtz alcohol inks in Mojito, Cobalt, Rust, Lemonade and Cobalt Blue.  What do you think? Here’s a close up look.


The second painting is done on a background of Stonewash and Sailboat Blue.

An Unusual Bird

This time, the ink colours for the raven are Purple Twilight, Raspberry, Sunshine Yellow, Cobalt and Mojito.  Which one do you like better?  I can’t decide!

Who knows – I may even try painting a ‘black’ Raven one day!


If you’d like to try painting your own unusual bird – raven or otherwise, I encourage you to do it! Have fun, and get creative. Let me know if you try it out.  Affiliate links for supplies are provided. If you choose to use my links, you help support me in maintaining my blog, at no extra cost to you. Thanks in advance!


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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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