Monday, September 21, 2015

Dripped Alcohol Ink Vase




Most of my alcohol ink projects lately have involved stamping the ink onto the surface, I felt it was high time I did some more drip projects. I even bought myself some glass eye droppers, but I didn't end up using them with the rubbing alcohol/blending solution because the drips were turning out so nice and vivid that I didn't want them to blend.


I flipped the vase over so I could drip from the bottom, and I started out going around my vase with a bright shade of blue (sailboat blue). I made a point to drip lines of different lengths so the finished product wouldn't look too uniformly stripey.


Next I added some green (clover) and some purple (purple twilight). I just continued to drip around the vase with each color in varying lengths, filling in as I went.


Then I added some red (watermelon), some orange (sunset orange), a little lime green (citrus), and a little pink (raspberry) before coming back with the colors I used first (the blue and green) to finish filling in the top of the vase (the bottom in the picture).


I used colors from three different sets of bright alcohol inks (dockside picnic, valley trail, and summit view). I really liked how bright and colorful it turned out (it looks even prettier in person than it does in the photograph). Now I just need to seal it with some acrylic sealer so I can start using it for flowers!

8 comments:

  1. What acrylic sealer do you recommend?

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    1. I use a clear glossy acrylic spray sealer or glossy mod podge with applied with a soft brush. The brushed on mod podge will leave a bit of a brush stroke texture, but the acrylic sealer can react with the alcohol ink and leave speckles even when sprayed on carefully. I'm still looking for the perfect thing to seal glass, but those ore the two best I've tried so far.

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  2. Do you thin your colors with alcohol before you drip? Sorry...I'm new to this! We're having a gala in September and I'm wanting to make center pieces. We'll then be able to auction these off as well.

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    1. I didn't thin the ink on this project. I dripped it straight onto the vase from the ink bottle.

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  3. What is dry time to seal? I’d like to do this in a night with friends but need to know how long before handling and sealing.

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    1. It depends on what you're using to seal. The ink dries to the touch in minutes, but I usually recommend waiting several hours before putting on a sealing coat (I usually just seal it the next day) so there's less chance of the ink interacting with the sealer. Spray sealers like Kamar Varnish and Acrylic Spray Sealer will dry to the touch in 10-30 minutes (depending on temperature and humidity levels). Mod podge will take 30-60 minutes to dry to the touch.

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  4. I tried this but the colors dripped right of the bottles. I washed the remainder off. Put a coat of sealer. That did not work. Then tried some sea glass paint had to coat them a couple of times but the ink stayed on but not bright. I am about the give up. Any ideas? Thanks

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    1. As in they ink dripped out of the bottles and not onto the vase? I practically put the tip of the bottles right onto the vase. If you're having problems with the ink not sticking to the glass--make sure the glass is clean and dry before inking. I hope that helps!

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