New Learning Challenge

Yes, normally I’m here on a Wednesday with the newest Paper Craft Crew challenge. However, I’ve managed to  hurt my back (don’t listen when someone says “housework never killed anyone”! it’s certainly trying, with me!) so I’m going to share a project that I’ve been working on. As you know, I love techniques, and working with different mediums. So I’ve decided to set myself a new learning challenge – painting & creating with alcohol inks! You’ve had a glimpse recently with my textured alcohol ink backgrounds in THIS POST and THIS POST.  I’ve also done more simple alcohol ink backgrounds, such as HERE.  If you’d like to see more alcohol ink projects, just type ‘alcohol ink’ into the search bar, to the right.


Alcohol ink as art is something fairly new, but it’s popularity it growing. I can see why, because the colours can be so vibrant and beautiful! Whether it’s used to create abstract art, or used in painting objects, the results are always amazing. Of course, the art I’ve seen is by people accomplished at working with alcohol inks – but we all start somewhere, right?! Just type ‘alcohol ink art’ in Pinterest, and you’ll be amazed by what you see.


I found one amazing alcohol ink artist (well, I actually found a LOT, but went with this one first) named Sheryl Williams – click her name to go to her site. Anyway, she’s has a free quick online class she offers, to create the ‘sunset bird’ image. That’s the one I tried and I’m sharing it below. I’ve also signed up for her Fluid Abstractions online class, which starts later this week.

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This is done on a 5″ x 7″ Yupo  panel. I haven’t yet sealed it; you’re seeing it just finished! Did you know that alcohol ink is NOT lightfast – meaning that it will fade very quickly in regular light. If you are saving a piece of art, it needs to be first sprayed with a fixative, to hold the ink in place, then sprayed with a UV coating. After that, you can either frame it under glass, or add a triple thick glaze, or a resin on top, for a final seal.


If you’ve never worked with alcohol inks before, Sheryl’s free course first goes over what you need; the substrate to work on, the type of inks, blending solutions, etc. Next, you print out the silhouette of the bird on a branch image that she’s supplied. Trace that onto your Yupo panel, and then you’re ready to go with the inks, and alcohol blending solution. After the inks have dried, then you will colour in the silhouette with a permanent black marker.

I didn’t have all of the exact colours that Sheryl used for her piece, so I improvised a bit! The alcohol inks I chose are Amethyst, Watermelon, Valencia and Sunshine Yellow.  On her piece, Sheryl used Crimson, Dandelion, Honeycomb, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow and Wild Plum. Below is her art work.

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If you click on the image above, you’ll go direct to her page. You can see that the colours she used, such as Crimson and Wild Plum, are a lot lighter than the Amethyst I used. Yup – I need to go shopping for more colours! But the great thing is that any colours you choose will work – because it’s YOUR piece of art, in the end. This week, I’ll do the protective sprays, and probably finish it with a triple-thick clear glaze.


I’d love to hear what you think about using alcohol inks for making art! I think it’s amazing, but everyone has different tastes. But I’ll keep working at it, and I’ll continue to share different projects with you, whether they’re stamping, watercolouring, coloured pencils or something else. Thanks for spending some time with me!

If you think you’d like to try out alcohol inks, I’ve added some links below for online shopping 🙂

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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 “New Learning Challenge

    1. I’m glad that you like this alcohol art, Susan! The hardest part is how little ‘control’ you have – it takes getting used to (and yes, I’m still working on it!)

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