Playing with Alcohol Ink

So I had one of those days yesterday. You know the kind; when you don’t know what you want to create, but feel like you have to do something! After all, I did need something to post about! So, I pulled out a piece of Yupo and starting playing with alcohol ink.  It was a lovely sunny day, so I went with a beach theme.


I say ‘easy’, but I  haven’t done one of these in a while, so I did struggle a bit.

Playing with Alcohol Ink

When I say ‘easy’, I mean there’s nothing really detailed or too finicky with the layout.


This painting is a combination of pouring, and brush work. Mostly pouring, and then using the brush to spread the ink where you want it to go.  First, start with picking up some Latte ink with a brush, and painting on your horizon line.  While that is drying, pour Cloudy Blue and Cobalt ink onto the top third of the paper, and then add some blending solution. Tilt the page back & forth to spread and mix the inks, using your brush if needed.

While the sky is drying, pour Latte and Sepia inks, with blending solution on the bottom of the paper, again tilting to blend.  Pour your ocean, using Stream, Glacier and blending solution.  Add your sunset sky by brushing on Sunshine Yellow and Sunset Orange.  Draw the palm trees and birds with black ink Sharpie and Micron pens.  Add some waves & foam to your water and shore by adding Snowcap white ink with a brush.

Now, all of that sounds pretty simple, but there’s a lot of going back & forth, adding, lifting and blending to get your colours how you  want them.  In the end, hopefully you’re pretty happy with the outcome!

Playing with Alcohol Ink

Not too bad, for something that I had to force a bit. Some days are like that!


What do you do, when you don’t know what to create? Do you have a ‘go to’ thing to do, like playing with alcohol ink?

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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 “Playing with Alcohol Ink

  1. This is so lovely, Deborah! You caught the “essence” of the beach perfectly – sun, sand, beautiful water and sky, and, of course – the peacefulness!

    1. So glad that you liked my beach scene, Buffy! One day, we’ll be back on tropical beaches 🙂

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