I am enjoying this lesson from Denise Love's 2 Lil Owls Texture-making Class, playing with the alcohol inks. I'd tried this a few months ago and was not impressed -- turns out the secret is in the Yupo paper. I was using some photo paper that seemed shiny enough, but it gave disappointing results --exactly like Denise showed in the video when she said not to bother purchasing the regular photo paper. Yupo makes the difference!
For the most part, these are straight from the scanner. I haven't done any post-production tinkering with these. No need!
You could call these Living Inks as they move and develop and become something else in the course of the making. You just keep playing until you have something you like ... It reminds me a lot of Citrasolving a National Geographic magazine. Makes me wonder if alcohol spilled on those pages would also melt the NG ink? Anyone tried it?
It also makes me wonder if the Hubble Telescope really did send back all those pictures from Space, or if it was just someone at NASA playing with alcohol inks? [Wink!]
Fair warning : This is a very long post heavy with texture images. If that's not your thing, bale out now! For the Texture Lovers out there, enjoy the feast for the eyes! :
Wonderful results almost every time. If you don't like what you see, you just play a little longer until you do! There were a few that wound up in the re-do pile to be revisited another day.