I love browsing the internet for challenge ideas and stumbled on this blended alcohol ink on watercolor paper technique by Jennifer Maguire. The soft mottled backgrounds pair beautifully with the imagery in the Coffeehouse collection.
Blended Alcohol Ink Technique
Coffeehouse Card 1
Add the coffee ring image to a watercolor panel with Versamark Ink.
Sprinkle the stamped images with clear embossing powder and heat to melt.
Squeeze alcohol inks onto a piece of felt attached to an applicator tool. Dab the color onto the panel to achieve the desired saturation.
Add drops of blending solution to the surface of the panel to disperse the color of the inks.
As long as you've got the supplies on hand, make a series of panels with various ink applications. Create the look of linen or plaid by dragging the ink applicator across the surface of the paper.
Let's take a look at the completed card created with stamps and goodies from the Coffeehouse collection.
Coffeehouse Card 2
Create a row of coffee beans stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with black powder.
Apply several colors of alcohol inks and blending solution to the felt pad on an applicator tool. Dab the color over the watercolor paper and stamped images.
Squeeze a small amount of Gold Mixative to the felt pad and rub over the surface of the panel. I love how it adds a rich metallic sheen to the piece.
Let's take a look at the completed card.
Now, it’s your turn! Create artwork with the blended alcohol ink techniques shared here or create your own. Visit the Facebook Chat Group 12/19 Technique Challenge post to upload completed artwork in the comments section. Not a chat group member? Answer a few simple questions, and we will accept your request in no time!