As I get ready for my Clarity April workshops here is a glimpse of what we did in March. We played with alcohol inks and tried out many techniques. This blog is very photo heavy as I want to show as much of the work as possible.

First here are examples of the techniques tried out:

Here foil on card has been embossed and coloured, with inks and a felt applicator, to look more rusty. Alcohol inks will also colour embellishments – here the leaf is metallic.

Here the background is on Yupo paper and the lace background has been coloured with the same inks. Die cuts look great against such a background. As you can see the ‘waste’ of the die can also be used.







Die cut images look great on a background that has been transformed with cling film:

Stencils can be used to great effect. Placing the stencil on Yupo paper and pouring ink into the open sections and leaving to dry produces the first image. Using a blending tool and alchohol blending solution you can remove colour from an alcohol background, as in the second image:








You can stamp and paint with alcohol ink too. These images are on Chromo card:








Another great technique is to create a background on Yupo paper, stamp an image using Archival ink and then wipe the image off before it dries.

If you don’t have alcohol inks, alcohol markers like Promarkers and Copics, work just as well. Here the image is stamped onto acetate, using StazOn. On the back alcohol markers are used to add colour which can be manipulated with alcohol blending solution. When dry, paint with gesso or white acrylic. Alcohol inks will work just as well.

Below is the gallery of work from the workshops. As with the images above you can click onto each photo for a closer look.


















































Thank you for taking a look.