Alcohol Ink Art

I have become enamored with a new form of art called alcohol ink. My work combines the composition of the piece with an exploration of the materials and surface that I am working with at that time.

 

Inspiration

I often become lost in the process – experimenting; playing; and leaping from idea to idea.  I frequently find inspiration in the organic, abstract elements of the natural world – but it’s not only nature that inspires my work – sometimes something as simple as a swatch of fabric can be the starting point for a piece.

Unique results

The flow, colors interacting, and movement of ink create a meditative feeling to me. I love to experiment with different surfaces, textures, and other media – really trying to push the boundaries of what can be done with inks. The results are vibrant and fresh and evoke the natural world.

I have become enamored with a new form of art called alcohol ink. My work combines the composition of the piece with an exploration of the materials and surface that I am working with at that time. I often become lost in the process – experimenting; playing; and leaping from idea to idea.

I frequently find inspiration in the organic, abstract elements of the natural world – but it’s not only nature that inspires my work – sometimes something as simple as a swatch of fabric can be the starting point for a piece.

The flow, colors interacting, and movement of ink create a meditative feeling to me. I love to experiment with different surfaces, textures, and other media – really trying to push the boundaries of what can be done with inks. The results are vibrant and fresh and evoke the natural world.

I often choose bright colors and a single surface: YUPO Paper, Ceramic Tile, Clay Board, aluminum, steel or anything that has a non-porous surface. I have painted mailboxes and watering cans, dried gourds and glass. Each piece helps inspire the next when I am working this way.
Working with alcohol ink is exciting in part because of its unpredictability – the humidity, air, concentration, and application surface all change its behavior – even the orientation of the piece while I’m working on it affects the results. Sometimes a mishap can be a masterpiece. The real magic is when you think you have a complete piece and orient in a different direction and you like it just as well or even better.
Each piece is layered and each layer is a reaction to what happened with the previous layer. The constant dance of the inks is mesmerizing and time escapes me. My joy is just playing not to be restricted by any boundaries.

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