You’ll be seeing a lot of alcohol ink paintings from me over the next little while! Last week was the Spring Alcohol Ink Art Conference, which was chock-full of fabulous presentations, tutorials and paint-along’s with great artists from our Alcohol Ink Art group on Facebook. If you’re interested in joining either the Community (free) or Society (paid), check them out HERE. If you’re a Society member, the cost for the Conferences during the year are greatly reduced – very worth while! One of the paint-along’s was with one of the organizers and founders, Laurie Williams. I wasn’t able to be online at the time of the paint-along, so I did my Whimsical Owl painting yesterday.
Laurie had provided some sketches of cute owls, but also encouraged everyone to see if they could find their own. I found one by searching the internet, and used it for my whimsical owl. My owl has a lot less doodles on it than the one from the internet, but that’s okay. I’m not really a doodling kind of person!
This type of painting is totally outside my usual comfort zone, but it was fun to do!
First, I traced the outline of the owl onto a 5″ x 7″ piece of Yupo. Next, I diluted Sailboat Blue with quite a bit of isopropyl alcohol, and then coloured the background, using a flat brush. Next, I started painting the colours onto my owl. I’ll try to remember all of the colours I used, and list them below! After the colours, I used a black Micron pen to add some doodles, and a white Posca paint pen for some highlights.
If you’re interested in learning to paint with alcohol inks, the Community is a great resource! Whether you prefer abstract or representational, there are a lot of tutorials and free videos on the site, HERE. I’m sure that you’ll find something that you’d like to try out.
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