It is art therapy in an itty-bitty bottle!
Alcohol inks are dye based, vibrant pigments that can be used on non-porous surfaces like plastics, glass, ceramic, gloss papers and metals. These inks were originally used in scrapbooking and various other craft projects. This medium has been used in fine art creation for only a short time; the first documented account being in 2006. The main substrates for painting with this amazing medium are Yupo paper, now available at art material suppliers and on ceramic tiles, obtained through home improvement centers. Yupo paper is a synthetic, plastic paper that has been on the market for over twenty years, but has only recently become known and popular with fine artists.
Available in many different colors from several manufacturers, the most extensive collection of ink hues, tools and accessories comes from Ranger Ink, a craft oriented manufacturer based in Tinton Falls, NJ. Alcohol based pens and markers are also used seamlessly with the liquid inks. Other manufacturers include Jacquard - Piñata, Copic and Spectrum Noir.
Creating with alcohol inks is a fun, liberating and exciting experience! The vibrant colors, extensive techniques, varied approaches and happy accidents create interesting effects, patterns, designs and outcomes. The inks teach people to go with the flow and let go of their tight fisted grip on their art and on life. Beginners and seasoned artists alike, benefit from more joy and enhanced creativity. The inks are an avenue to really experiencing the moment. New found inspiration is discovered through experimentation and exploration. I have seen students experience an increased exuberance in life through getting involved with the inks and experiencing art their own way through this enjoyable art process.
You can see my artwork done in alcohol ink here on my blog and in various sections on my website. Find out more about working in alcohol inks, the tools, supplies and benefits through my website pages on physical classes and workshops. More information is available about online courses and you can see a short time lapse video showing some of the various tools and techniques used in creating with alcohol inks here.