Looking for a unique way to get your creative juices flowing? Learning a new medium is a great way to boost your creativity. If you want to mix it up and try out a new art form, you can check out this awesome alcohol ink artwork tutorial by Lisa Hayden of IG: @meltedtheory!
Take it away, Lisa!
I'm Lisa Hayden from Instagram @meltedtheory. I'm an abstract artist who works in both acrylics and alcohol inks. Besides colorful abstracts, I really love to paint the ocean. Here is a timelapse video and a tutorial on how I created a rocky seascape. I enjoy the way the inks work with Yupo paper, but I bet this would work with watercolors on normal watercolor paper too!
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW:
9x12 Yupo Paper
Alcohol Blending Solution
3 Blue Alcohol Inks (I used Ranger brand Cloudy Blue, Stonewashed, and Denim Blue)
Grey Alcohol Ink (I used Ranger brand Slate)
Black Alcohol Ink
White Alcohol Ink
HOW TO CREATE A ROCKY SEASCAPE USING ALCOHOL INKS:
Alcohol inks are fun but messy; you will want to protect your surface. Aluminum foil works well. You'll be tilting your Yupo paper so don't tape it down.
For the sky, start by wetting the top 2/3 of the Yupo paper with Alcohol Blending Solution. Then add strips of white ink. Starting at the left side, put Cloudy Blue along the edge of the wet area and start tilting. Add a few strips of the brighter Stonewashed blue as you tilt. Tilt back in the other direction until you have the sky effect you like. Using a good amount of blending medium at the beginning really makes this work well.
Outline the rocky shape with black and white and use one of your blues in horizontal streaks to start the water. Use Slate grey to add in the rocks to the black.
Use all three blues to add color and texture variations to the water, using white along the edges where it meets the rocks.
Use your sponge to add texture in places. You can wet the edge of the sponge with blending medium or any of the colors to achieve different effects.
After the inks have dried you can add in more touches of color to the ocean or texture to the rocks. I try to keep a fairly loose, semi-abstract feel.
I used a landscape format 11x14 mat (wider cut than a normal mat). Attach the mat to the painting with linen hanging tape, and it's ready to frame.
CHECK OUT THE FINISHED PIECE BELOW:
And you're done! I hope you enjoy making one your own!
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