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Friday, April 25, 2014

Play Time With Inks

I took a couple of hours or so today to just play with my alcohol inks.  No planning, just playing and it was so much fun.  This is the only medium I can do that with.  These are the results.  What do you think?

Hope you can take some time to play too : )
Have a great day,

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Alcohol Ink Hummer

Today's painting, My Little Hummer was done with alcohol inks on Yupo paper, a new fav of mine.  
I finally got back to my animals art class that I am taking through Karen Walker.  
I basically used 2 colors, we'll kinda.  Purple and green: Twilight Purple and about 3 or 4 different greens and a touch of butterscotch.  Ok, so I guess that's three.
I first drew my hummingbird out on a piece of computer paper, which is my preferred paper for drawing.  I then scribbled on the back of the drawing so I could trace it onto the Yupo paper.  
  This is where the fun begins, I started pouring on the inks starting with the purple.  I really used a lot of ink and I let it lay flat most of the time, taking a brush to fill in the white spots.  I also used a little blending solution In the upper left quadrant, and held the paper up for a very short time.  Most of it was done wet on wet, except for the flowers in the upper right, and some extra green on the bird's back.  Using my paintbrush to lift, blend and add color, a cotton ball with a little blending solution and cotton swabs to lighten areas and add flowers and a bit of Spectrum Noir markers under his chin.  
With a little blending solution on my tiny brush, I traced over my drawing to lift the color and bring out the humming bird.  From there I blended the lines, lifted color, added color and this is what I came up with. 
Reference photo by Michael D. Utin from 

Hope you enjoyed reading about the process.  Have a great day!  To see my paintings that are for sale, visit my etsy shop 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Alcohol Ink Artists Team Video

Enjoy this video created by Joann Y Wheeler of some beautiful artwork from our AIART Team on Etsy! For more artwork search AIART Team on etsy.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Alcohol Ink Artists: Draft: Going from Domino to Domed Glass Pendants

Alcohol Ink Artists: Draft: Going from Domino to Domed Glass Pendants:   In my last post I shared my dominos. In this post I'll share my work with domed glass cabachons. Let me just say, FUN!!!!!!!! Foil ...

 Foil Dome Pendant
by Ginny McCartha-Smith

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Alcohol Inks

I recently discovered Adirondack Alcohol Ink through a friend of mine, Joann Wheeler, check out Joann's Alcohol Ink. shop.
Alcohol Inks are small 0.5 oz bottles of alcohol based inks that come in beautiful colors. JoAnn Fabric is one place where they can be purchased, and right now they are half priced.  They are to be used on non porous surfaces such as ceramic tile, glass, metals, shiny card stock, plastics, Yupo Synthetic paper, gesso art board, etc.  Basically you need a smooth non porous substrate, so paper is out, except for the Yupo synthetic paper.  I ordered some Yupo synthetic paper and am anxiously waiting for it to arrive. It seems to be one of the surfaces of choice for many artists.

This one is the second one I did, and it is on 5.5 x 4.25 inch Rangers Alcohol Ink Gloss Card stock. 

Through the Fall Leaves

Sunset Over the Hill

Blue Mountains aceo

Lily Pads aceo

Peeking Hydrangea 4x5

I am drawn to the rich and vibrant colors and I will warn you, it is very addictive. And yes, you can do more than just abstracts.  This one is called Gorgeous Peacock and is listed in my Etsy Shop.

More to come.
To learn more about them, here is  Monica Moody's Blog Post that tells more about it.