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Alcohol Ink How-to
 
How to Use Alcohol Ink in 5 Easy Steps
 
 
MATERIALS REQUIRED:
 
Step 1 Step 2
Work in a well ventilated area, on a level surface protected from paint drips and spills. Position your paper surface on the table, with the rest of your materials ready to go.

We like to add rubbing alcohol to our spray bottles, and a few mililitres into a mixing up so it's ready when we need it.
Saturate some areas of the paper with pure alcohol. Apply with a brush, spray bottle or eye droppers. Next start dropping the ink onto the paper surface (Pinata ink bottles have a spout which allows us to do this easily, but you can always pour some ink into a mixing cup and use droppers to drop the ink).

Watch the ink slowy bloom over the areas pre-wetted with alcohol
 
Step 3 Step 4
Start to mix the ink and encourage it to mingle with the other drops on the sheet. Use your brush to push the ink/alcohol pools around, or pick up your sheet and watch it run along the page.

If you have a pool of ink spray some pure alcohol into it for a splatter effect. Or drop some alcohol into dark saturated areas to allow some of the paper to show through again.
Continue to mix and build layers, watching your piece transform right in front of your eyes. Watch out, the process adding coloured ink and alcohol can become addictive and you might not want to stop!

Once you've covered the whole sheet, look for any areas that may have pooled and become too dark. At this point you can pull any extra ink/alcohol off of the paper using tissue, etc. Also worth noting is at this point, a final spray of alcohol leaves little splatters!
 
Step 5 Ink Bloom

Watch the ink bloom & change!
When your happy with your piece, leave it to dry on a level surface (otherwise some of your hard work might continue to run). Once it is completely dry we recommend you seal your work with a protective spray.
 
 
BONUS TIPS
* When choosing colours, we find it best to remain within one tonal part of the colour wheel (i.e. picking from a range of warm colours OR cool colours). When we mixed both the end result produced murky, muddy browns.
* Be cautious of adding too much alcohol during your process. The alcohol adds transparency to the ink and reduces punchy saturated colour, creating a washed out effect.
* Check your piece as it dries, as you may want to add another drop or spritz of alcohol along the way. When we did so we were able to achieve a relief effect.