Textured Alcohol Inks Backgrounds

These are my absolute FAVOURITE background technique for using with the alcohol inks!! I was playing around - like you do and happened across this new technique!

Have a look at the two background scans below:

 

Aren’t the colours JUST GORGEOUS!?!!

So how do you DO it?

That parts easy! I’ll walk you through it step by step….

Materials Used: 

  • Matt White Card Stock
  • Cheap White Glue
  • Paint Brush
  • Water
  • Masking Tape
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Cellophane (similar to Deli-wrap)
  • Netting (found on bags of fruit – oranges, satsumas or onions)
  • Alcohol Inks
  • Pom Pom
  • Blending Solution

 Creating Textured Inks Backgrounds

 Step One:

Take a sheet of MATT WHITE card stock. And randomly tear and stick pieces of masking tape across the surface of the card. You don’t want to cover the entire surface. See scan below for details:

 Step Two:

Take a piece of white tissue paper and tear up into little pieces…crumple into a tight ball, then open up again (this is to create a crumpled texture).

Mix a little water to cheap white glue (pva) to thin it down slightly to make it a little thinner.

Paint the glue over the entire surface of the card, press and glue pieces of tissue paper on the card, overlapping the masking tape but take care not to cover the entire surface of the card. (See scan below for details.)

Don’t allow the glue to dry – move directly onto step three below.

Step Three:

Tear off strips of cellophane (clear plastic – similar to deli - wrap) in random pieces and layer over the top of the tissue paper and card and affix with the pva glue. See below for example:

Step Four:

Tear or cut pieces of netting (taken from oranges or onion packaging) and glue randomly over the surface of the card using pva glue. Allow glue to dry. Once dried coat the entire surface of the card with one final layer of pva glue - this seals and varnishes the surface thus making the surface perfect for the alcohol inks. Allow glue to dry. See below for what the final piece should look like: 

Once dry you are ready for inking! The base background is built up of several textured layers which allow the inks to soak up each texture and thus creates a dazzling background effect!

Build up the colours slowly; drop random colours of alcohol inks all over the surface of the textured background.

Soak up a pom pom with blending solution and use this to blend and wash all the different colours together. Keep adding more inks and different colours for different hues and intensities.

The background at the very top was created using every single colour in the entire alcohol ink range! The one below it was created using all the pinks, reds and purple shades.

Once you are happy with how your background looks, let it dry. I haven’t tried stamping on the backgrounds as they are so textured I was worried my images wouldn’t stamp perfect enough and I didn’t want to spoil the backgrounds so I used them as background papers…see card samples below:

 Textured Alcohol Inks Background Gallery

 

 

Art and Words By Trish Bayley 2004