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.
YES, A TATTOO!
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!
FIRST, A LION
For this piece, I attached the temporary tattoo first to the 8″ x 10″ canvas, and then created the background.
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.
NOW A TIGER
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.
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.
NOT YET FINISHED
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!