Portable Art for Everyone

In case you need to know, today is Tuesday, and it’s the last day of March! It feels like March 97th, but it’s only the 31st.  Been a long month, hasn’t it? With the physical distancing, staying indoors unless necessary, life has changed quite a lot for a lot of people. For us makers, maybe not so much!  I already spend much of my time inside, creating. I do miss meeting up with friends for coffee or lunch, however. And weekends aren’t the same without impromptu dinners out, or movies. So, to help make life a bit more bearable, I’ve been working on some portable art, for everyone!


Portable Art for Everyone

There’s a Facebook group that I’ve joined, as an offshoot of an alcohol ink art group. It’s called, as you can see above, #thisartistlovesyou. If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you’ll have noticed that my profile picture has changed to the badge, above. The reason for the group is simple; 1. create art from the heart 2. Share it with those who need it. When you participate, take a photo of  your art, and share it on social media with the #thisartistlovesyou . You can also include a note explaining why you’re sending it, so that the recipient understands, and they can share their receipt of the art on their social media, with the same hashtag.  To join the group, and read more, CLICK HERE to go the info web page.


Last week, I shared some bookmarks I created with stencils & stamps in THIS POST. I decided that bookmarks are a great portable art, and easy to share. So, that will be what I’m going to start with, for my spreading love through art! Today I have more bookmarks to share. These ones are created using alcohol inks. Have a look!

Portable Art for Everyone

Since we’re all stuck inside, I thought that a nice beach scene would be appreciated!


Start with 2 panels of of Yupo, each measuring 5″ tall x 6″ wide.  Start with your horizon line about three quarters of the way up on each panel, with a line of Ranger Latte ink, applied  using a small Ranger alcohol ink brush. While that dries, create the sky. First, add a few drops of alcohol ink blending solution to the sky area, Next, add some Cloudy Blue and Cobalt ink. Allow them to run together, tilting the panel from side to side. Use the brush (cleaned with alcohol first) to add texture.

While the sky is drying, add your ocean. Apply the blending solution across the middle area, and then add Stream and Cobalt ink. Again, allow them to run together by tilting the panel from side to side. Use the paint brush to spread the inks, and create texture.  Now, while the ocean is drying, add the yellow & orange above your horizon line, for the sunlight. Just place a few drops of Sunshine Yellow and Valencia, and spread them across the panel with the brush.  Now, create the sand in the foreground by adding Latte and Teakwood ink to the bottom of the panels.

Finally,  go back to your horizon line, and strengthen it up by brushing on more Latte & Teakwood.


When the inks are dry, cut each panel into 2″ strips. Use a fine tip white Posca pen to add the waves to the ocean. For the birds and palm trees, use a fine tip Micron black pen.

Portable Art for Everyone

You can see that even though I worked on the panels one right after the other, and used the same colours, they’re both unique. That’s one thing I love (and hate) about alcohol inks! Each piece you create is going to be unique, no matter how you try to replicate them.

Portable Art for Everyone

I like them both – what about  you? Do you have a preference?

To finish them off, I’ll be adding a thick white baker’s through some, and a rough woven burlap thread through others. I think those will be a nice touch. Then, I’m going to print off the #thisartistlovesyou badge onto a sticker paper, and add it to the back.


I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing my portable art for everyone projects today! Maybe you’ll consider joining the group, too. Although you certainly don’t have to be part of a group, to share your art & spread the love! These panels/bookmarks are fun to create – give them a try, whatever medium you use. Affiliate links for products used are supplied below, at no cost to you. When you use my affiliate links, you help support me to purchase new products, & maintain this blog. Then I can continue sharing new projects with you!

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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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