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Best Alcohol Ink Art Techniques

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Introduction

Hey guys! We`re back with another useful blog for you lovely artists out there, in this blog we are going to learn how to create beautiful alcohol ink artworks using various amazing alcohol ink art techniques! There are many techniques coming up in this blog that y`all might hear for the first time so do try them out, there are some really interesting ones. Once you successfully create beautiful artworks using the tips in our blog do send them to us we’d be delighted to see them. If you are just getting started with alcohol ink art we also have a really helpful beginners guide for you guys which y’all can read by clicking here.

1. Ink Lift Technique

This is a really fun technique.

You would require – Alcohol Inks, Isopropyl Alcohol, Cutout and or a Stencil, Puffer tool/ straws, paper napkins/cotton buds, and synthetic paper.

  • First, you select the inks and surface to create your artwork.
  • Pour the inks on the surface and spread the inks by tilting the artwork or using blowers or drinking straws to spread the alcohol inks nicely all over the surface.
  • Now grab a stencil, textured cut out of something aesthetic like flowers, majestic creatures, etc.
  • Rub some alcohol on the stencil/cutout and press it against the artwork firmly whilst the ink is still wet.
  • Now press that stencil against a new clean sheet of paper and you will get a beautiful outline in the shape of the stencil or cutout that you used.
  • Now before the ink dries, dab your artwork nicely with a paper napkin or cotton buds and you will see a beautiful design of the stencil/ cutout imprinted on your artwork!

2. Smooshing Technique

This is another interesting one!

You would need – Wax paper, alcohol inks, synthetic paper, and isopropyl alcohol.

  • Get a wax paper and keep it handy, select your ink colors and surface and add drops of ink on the surface.
  • Take a wax paper and gently start smooshing the ink drops against the surface using your fingers with the wax paper it gives a beautiful texture.
  • You can use stencils and cutouts here as well to create beautiful designs.

3. Stamping Technique

This technique is really simple

You would require – Stamps, alcohol inks, synthetic paper/Nara Slim, and Isopropyl Alcohol.

  • Again select the surface and colors you want to work with.
  • Pour inks on the surface or dip the stamp in the inks.
  • Take stamps of different designs and patterns and start stamping them on the surface, it gives some great results.

4. Ripples Technique

This is another popular technique

You would need – Isopropyl Alcohol, blending solution, alcohol inks, synthetic paper/boards/Nara slim or Nara Shapes, and a blower.

  • Select a surface and inks you want to use.
  • Mix your ink and IPA in a small cup and then pour it on the surface.
  • Take a hairdryer and apply heat to the ink from one angle only and slightly tilt the surface towards the dryer to get the ripple effect which looks.
  • Mix two or more colors and do the heating part with a little precision for amazing results.

5. Brush Technique

Now this is an orthodox technique

You would need – Isopropyl Alcohol, blending solution, alcohol inks, synthetic paper/boards/Nara slim or Nara Shapes, and a brush.

  • Usually, fluid forms of art like alcohol ink art should be free-flowing and that’s what makes it different and special but you can also use a brush to make different designs through brush strokes.
  • Take colors and select your surface, dip the brush in the ink and create what your heart likes by using different kinds of brush strokes.
  • You can also use the brush to splatter ink on your artwork, it gives a nice droplet/ bubble-like effect.

6. Cotton Buds Technique

This is a really simple but effective technique!

You would need – Isopropyl Alcohol, blending solution, alcohol inks, synthetic paper/boards/Nara slim or Nara Shapes & other non-porous surfaces and cotton buds or cotton puffs.

  • You can use some cotton buds to achieve a much smoother & even finish or wash.
  • Simply pour some ink into your palette or directly on your surface, dip your cotton bud into the ink nicely.
  • Take the bud and move it nicely & gently across your painting surface.
  • It also helps create some beautiful gradients of colors by adding some blending solution.

7. Drop Technique

This is another easy technique

You would need – Isopropyl Alcohol, blending solution, alcohol inks, synthetic paper/boards/Nara slim, Nara Shapes, or any other non-porous and dropper tool.

  • Select the alcohol inks you want to use.
  • Take some isopropyl alcohol or blending solution and pour it nicely on your NARA paper/surface.
  • Tilt the paper to spread it properly over the entire surface.
  • Apply a few drops of each color to the surface and tilt to spread it, If there is too much ink, simply tilt it off onto some paper towel or if you`re using our Nara synthetic paper you can just wipe it off with IPA & a piece of cloth.
  • Once that’s done, leave it to dry.
  • You will notice the colors will blend and settle as they dry.
  • Follow the same process without using the blending solution and then without using IPA and experiment with it!

8. Flood Technique

Another fun technique to try!

You would need – Isopropyl Alcohol, blending solution, alcohol inks, synthetic paper/boards/Nara slim, Nara Shapes, or other non-porous surfaces like ceramic tiles, concrete, etc, and small cups to pour some inks in.

  • The flood technique refers to covering your painting surface with a good amount of alcohol ink or blending solution before dropping colors onto the surface.
  • Take a generous amount of alcohol inks and blending solution and pour it out on the surface using small cups or a bowl.
  • You can then tilt the surface in order to spread the inks properly all over the surface.
  • You can also spread some glitter & metallic inks to give it a really dynamic look.
  • Having this flood coat of alcohol come down on the surface together helps your colors to merge in amazing ways and also allows gradation!

9. Air Manipulation

This one is really cool!

You would need – Isopropyl Alcohol, blending solution, alcohol inks, synthetic paper/boards/Nara slim, Nara Shapes, or other non-porous surfaces like ceramic tiles, concrete, etc, and a puffer tool/drinking straw.

  • Protect your work surface and make sure it’s clean and there are no dust particles on it.
  • Place some alcohol in your ice tray or tiny cups, and place a few drops of the desired alcohol ink colors in each to achieve the desired thickness. You can test the colors by piping out a few drops onto a test surface.
  • Once your surface is ready and you diluted your inks, use a dropper to grab some of your diluted alcohol ink and place it on your inking surface. If this is your first time, use one color at a time until you’re used to the technique.
  • Using your air puffer tool, blow the ink outward, away from the center of placement.
  • Place a few drops of blending solution wherever you want the-wisp to be created; a few drops along the outside of your blown out color will create a beautiful & delicate wisp effect.
  • Layer each color nicely until you achieve the desired effect.
  • Wisps can be difficult to achieve for beginners, and many experienced alcohol ink artists have a hard time creating them! Keep practicing and you’ll master it! This technique is also perfect for 3D items, like bowls, glasses, and more!

10. Flame Technique

Yes, you read that right! “FLAME” technique! (Take Extra Precautions)

You would need – Isopropyl Alcohol, blending solution, alcohol inks, synthetic paper/boards/Nara slim, Nara Shapes, or other non-porous surfaces like ceramic tiles, concrete, etc, and small cups to pour some inks in.

  • Firstly, be extremely careful while trying this technique, it’s definitely not recommended for kids below the age of 18yrs.
  •  This alcohol ink art technique should only be done on ceramic or concrete surfaces as papers, boards, etc would catch fire and burn. This technique is only recommended to be tried outdoors in an open environment.
  • Using the flooding technique, place your colors on the first tile. When finished, move inks and isopropyl alcohol at least far far away from the area you are working in as they might catch fire.
  • Using the camp lighter, lightly bring the flame to one of the corners of the tile nearest to you. You will only need to very lightly touch the alcohol to get it to light. Light the closest point to you, so that you do not need to reach over the tile to light it, subsequently having to pull your hand and the lighter over the top of the flame.
  • The alcohol will light quickly– remove your hand and lighter as quickly as you can, and then back away from the tile. It will burn until the alcohol has dissipated.
  • Wait about 5 minutes to make sure that the flame has burned out completely.
  • Repeat this process with the other tiles. Once finished, allow the tiles to cure for at least 30 minutes (preferably an hour) before handling with an oven mitt.

If you’d like to add more color to one of your already-fired tiles, you can keep repeating the process on the same tile. However, you should not repeat it more than 2 or 3 times in a short time period to avoid the possibility of your ceramic tile breaking.

Conclusion

We really hope you guys found this blog useful and you guys are going to try out some of these or maybe all of these techniques and send in your beautiful artworks to us, haha! We’ll eagerly be waiting to see them. You can click a picture of your lovely artworks along with a Nara strip or other Nara products you use and email them to us at graphicsnara@gmail.com! Finally, we’d like to say please do take necessary precautions while working with alcohol inks, work in a well-ventilated place, wear a mask and gloves and have fun! We’ll be back soon with another amazing and informative blog for you guys until then stay tuned and do follow us on Instagram, Facebook and subscribe to our Youtube channel in order to stay up to date with all the latest happenings in the alcohol ink art community, amazing new product launches, deal & offers and much much more!

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