"When we all think alike, then no one is thinking."
— Walter Lippman

Monday, May 3, 2010

Alcohol Inks on Glossy Paper

    I have been using alcohol ink on heavy glossy paper with some fun results.  The colors do unexpected things as they are layered and become permanent when dry.   
Here I have made book covers using hand painted paper inside and out.   
This little book could be used as a journal or notebook and is has been posted for sale on Etsy.
And as you can see, I'm still making the bottle-cap buttons.  They make such nice closures for the cord.
If you haven't experimented with alcohol inks, you might enjoy the results.  There are some good tutorials online..... click here for an example.   Have fun!  


tgarrett said...

I want to try this!!! Do tell me how you do this. Is the ink expensive? I love how you always try new things.

Ann Renee Lighter said...

Thanks Terry,
I'll show you next time you visit!
Studio Play Day!

Lindsey said...

wow that is beautiful! I am going to have to try it :) Thanks for inspiring.

Jmw93091 said...

Where do you buy your alcohol inks? And have you ever considered creating a tutorial for your bookbinding/journals?

Ann Renee Lighter said...

Thanks for visiting!
I use a variety of alcohol inks: Ranger brand alcohol inks are sold at many of the art supply stores. They come in little bottles but last quite a while. For this particular book I actually used some 're-inkers' for colored art markers directly on the paper. They are essentially the same thing and I was in the mood to experiment. I have also made my own alcohol inks with concentrated dye and rubbing alcohol. There are recipes online for this.
I have indeed considered creating tutorials, but just don't have the time right now. Maybe some day!

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