I love working with alcohol inks. These are my first projects combining alcohol inks with stamping using acrylic paint. Not as controlled as my later dominoes done with alcohol inks that I posted last week.
Here's my version of Paulette Insall's Rest in the Shadow of His Wings. Mixed media - watercolor pencils, acrylic paint, Prisma markers. The grid lines are stamped with the back of a Starbucks coffee sleeve & a red ink pad.
I just got this new book - Art at the Speed of Life motivation & inspiration for making mixed-media art every day. It really is motivating & inspiring! The book is by Pam Carriker, but there are a lot of chapters by familiar names.
Suzi Blu has a chapter. Here's a quote from her pages that made me smile, & will make it in some form into my art journal. "By creating, you are manifesting something where nothing existed, and this in itself is amazing. You are a little god, creator of your own universe, so any mark you make is sacred. Remember that."
I wish the book was more specific in some areas, but on the other hand, there are lots of specifics in others. There's a part entitled Becoming an Artist as a Second Career, but no specifics on how to do that.
There are lots of projects that are not the usual run of the mill projects. These have substance, & sent me looking for some art supplies I don't normally use.
Paulette Insall has an infomative section called Be an A+ Student in Online Workshops. She listed lots of tips & links to some great online classes. A couple of her paintings made it into the book, & I've done my version of her Rest in the Shadow of His Wings. They say you can learn by copying the masters. I learn by copying artists whose work I admire. I admired Pam Carriker's My Eyes Make Pictures, so I did a sketch of it.
The Seven Day Journal Project is fun & challenging & the Artist Spotlight Projects are amazing & are keeping me challenged. My next project is by Glenda Bailey - Encaustic Encounter Collage.
I'm dong an ATC swap that requires that eyes take up the majority of an ATC card. ATC is artist trading card. I decided to start with watercolor backgrounds, so I floated some color on a wet card, let it dry, then spattered it with paint. I used graphite pencils to draw & shade, then colored the eyes with watercolors.
Using Ranger Alcohol Inks isn't difficult, but they're a bit like using watercolors as far as controlling them. After lots of practice, I was able to place the colors exactly where I wanted them, & with a bit of intuitive watercorlor technique, I was able to actually make flowers that looked like specific flowers by adding some line work with a .01 Micron pen.
These are called Gothic Arches. I created these for a swap. Birds was the theme, so I used my Sizzix Tim Holtz dies, tags & fasteners & distress inks. I also used, embossing folders, markers, acrylic paint, tulle, crackle paint, clear glaze & bees wax for the encaustic technique.