Mixed Media Painting

I have something new to share with you! New, as in this is something that I’ve never tried before. I have done some mixed media art, using texture pastes, paints, etc. But this is the first mixed media painting where I’ve incorporated alcohol inks on canvas, and a tattoo! That’s why I’m calling it ‘mixed media’, rather than just an alcohol ink painting. Please note – I’m in no way claiming the image art work as my own; these tattoos were commercially produced, and bought by me.


That’s right – a tattoo! I saw a finished piece in an alcohol ink painting group on Facebook. Of course I  had to ask for details, and found out that it was large temporary tattoo, attached to the canvas! I thought okay, this could be for me (because my drawing abilities are questionable). So, onto Amazon I went, and found these large temporary tattoos. I ordered them, plus some canvases.  When my order arrived, the first thing I did was prep 2 canvases with white gesso. This is to reduce their absorption of the inks, since they’re really meant for acrylic painting. They come already prepped, but even with 1 coat of gesso, I found that the alcohol ink soaks in very quickly!


For this piece, I attached the temporary tattoo first to the 8″ x 10″ canvas, and then created the background.

Mixed Media Painting

The background is created by pouring the ink directly onto the canvas, and tilting the canvas to spread the ink. I chose a combination of Slate, Denim and Stonewashed inks, with Foundry Alloy. Blending solution is also used, to get the inks to flow.


For this next one, I first created the background on the canvas, and then applied the tiger tattoo.  This is how the canvas looked, before adding the tiger. I was going for a ‘galaxy’ kind of look.

I think that I should’ve left the center area lighter during the painting process, as the tiger is quite subtle.

Mixed Media Painting

Still, I do like the look of the tiger sort of emerging from the galaxy! It’s a bit more natural looking, rather than ‘pasted on top’. His eyes were pre-coloured in the otherwise black & white tattoo, and that colour matches very well to the colours I chose!  Pitch Black, Amethyst, Wild Plum, and Indigo inks from Ranger were used, along with Blue Sapphire by Pinata, and the Ranger Foundry Alloy.  After the ink had dried on the canvas, I then splattered Dr. Ph Martin’s bleed-proof white ink over it, for the stars.


My next steps with these mixed media paintings will be to seal the ink with Kamar varnish. Then, I think I will give them each a top coat of resin, to really bring out the vibrancy of the colours.  There are a lot of tattoos in the pack I got, so I’ll be doing more of these! There’s a wolf one that I’m excited to do, and more lions & tigers.  Almost all of the tattoos are in black & white, so I may try painting the images once they’re on the canvas – see if it works!

I’d love to hear what you think about this type of mixed media painting!  Please leave me a comment on this post – I’d love to read what you think.  Thanks for spending some time with me today!

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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! :)

3 thoughts on “Mixed Media Painting

  1. i LOVE THIS! What size was this tattoo please? I’ve been looking. I see that there may be a couple of large then down to a smaller size for the rest. Just wondering if this was one of the approx.5×8″ ones. Or thereabouts. I’m switching from acrylic pouring to try out alcohol inking now. I am waiting for my order. Not Ranger but something seemingly nice from amazon. I’ve received my markers. I’m also wondering, is it necessary to use the alcohol blender? I only could get my hands on the 70% iso and that will really have to do for now financially. I ordered a respirator as well…do you use one? I’m going to follow you. I think you are VERY creative! KUDOS my friend 🙂
    Carol (artressa Duval)

    1. Hi Carol! I’m so glad that you like my mixed media with the tattoos! The tattoos measure approx. 5″ x 7″; I used them on 8″ x 10″ canvas. The problem with 70% iso is that it contains too much water; it doesn’t move the inks very well. You can use 91% – 99% iso to move the inks if you are putting down the tattoo AFTER inking the canvas. Otherwise, the iso will eat away at the tattoo (that is the way to remove them, when applied to the skin). Have fun creating, and let me know how you get on! Your enthusiasm is awesome! 🙂 Thanks so much for following my blog.

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