Day 1: Discover alcohol inks at Tanglewood Works.
Day 2: Buy all the things to alcohol ink!!!
That’s pretty much how my craft ADHD works. I find a medium I like. Buy all of it. Make all of it. Then become distracted by a new shiny thing. Though, I think this one is here to stay. Alcohol inks provide the bright colors, fun textures, and unpredictability that I love about art and crafts (well, not so sure about my love for unpredictability). The quick dry time works quite well with my impatience (one of the reasons why I don’t paint a ton). When you learn how to blend and play with the inks, the color combinations and color gradients you can achieve are absolutely stunning.
So far, I’ve only rocked with Ranger Alcohol Inks, which I’ve been purchasing at Tanglewood Works in Hyattsville, Maryland — near the DC boarder. They’re available at places like JoAnn’s, Michaels, and Amazon, but I like to support smaller business whenever I can — and Amazon won’t give you free brownies! I haven’t yet tried another brand, and I’m pretty happy with this one. When I run out, I’ll probably go on a brand testing binge (…and my wallet takes a deep sigh).
I found these awesome small dishes at a local thrift store recently a day after learning about alcohol inks. It was like it was meant to be. As soon as they caught my eye I thought, “Jewelry dishes! Many jewelry dishes!!” I felt like a genius.
Glass didn’t work as well as ceramic, so I’m not going to show you how that turned out. I’m still experimenting with that one and I’ll post about it another time. But, you can take a look at the ceramic dish in all it’s glory! I’m in love with how it came out. The different shades of blue and green ran into each other to create different shades in between. It looks unique and expensive. I finished this off with two coats of Kamar Varnish to seal the inks. So far, so good — it hasn’t scratched once! Try it out — I’d love to see what you come up with!