Create Eye Catching Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

20141025_0825333 I love alcohol inks for the vibrancy of color that they yield and Ranger’s Dyan Reaveley’s “Dylusions” are at the very top of my list of favorites. They’re a fast and easy way to create eye-catching backgrounds with concentrated colors that really pop. That being said, you do have to give some thought as to what you’re going to do with your background once it’s done.

Alcohol inks are water based so they react differently to the various wet mediums and while spraying water over them gives them an amazing blendable quality, we don’t always want our colors to run; just something to keep in mind.

You’ll find many videos and methods for sealing Dylusions available on the interweb, so play around, find which gives you the results you’re looking for.

My personal preference, if I’m going to be layering paint or other wet mediums, is to spray my dry background with a couple of coats of a fine mist sealer or fixative, letting it dry then adding a layer of clear gesso over it.

Ok, so let’s get on with making pretty stuff, shall we?

I created this background using Dylusions Ink Sprays and plastic cling wrap from our kitchen. 2014-10-25 08.40.39 I first protected my work surface, which I recommend if you don’t want overspray  everywhere, and liberally sprayed my substrate with ink.

For this particular background I used Tangerine Dream, Vibrant Turquoise and Cherry Pie. 2014-10-25 07.23.50 When the inks were nice and pooled on my page I covered it with a sheet of plastic cling wrap, making sure that I cut it a bit larger than my journal page, and moved it around with my fingers, creating folds. The folds will create the texture, so don’t be afraid to really move that plastic wrap around. 2014-10-25 07.24.53 Next, I let it dry. I’m not the most patient of people, so I sometimes do this part before I go to bed and by the time I wake up it’s ready to go. This morning, however,  I didn’t make my page as wet as I sometimes do so it didn’t take too long to dry.

Once dry, I peeled off the layer of cling wrap and tada, vibrant background with fantastic texture and movement created by the folds in the cling wrap. 2014-10-25 08.23.21 Just look at all the yummy colors created by the 3 colors blending; this is exactly what I love about Dylusions ink sprays! 2014-10-25 08.25.031

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Play around and have fun creating your own backgrounds, just remember to seal your pages if you’re going to be layering other wet mediums over them.

7 Comments on Create Eye Catching Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

  1. papict
    October 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm (6 years ago)

    That’s a great technique and it’s produced a fabulous effect. I don’t own ink sprays but if and when I do get some I will have to give this a try.

  2. veska2014
    November 6, 2014 at 1:56 am (6 years ago)

    I tried this technique and sent it along in a happy mail. I did take a picture of it but I keep forgetting to post it on Art Journal Junkies. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. CraftyHope
    November 14, 2014 at 3:45 am (6 years ago)

    What a neat idea! I’m definitely going to have to try this. I’m also thinking this might be a neat texture on the gelli plate too!


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