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To Paint....or Not to Paint...

To Paint or Not to Paint.....

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

That is the question. You may not think you are an artist, but I think I can prove differently. Painting, unlike drawing doesn't require any talent. Abstract, I am sure you can agree, has no rhyme or reason to anyone but the artist. And that is OK. What you create when you paint must speak to you and if someone else loves your art, then you have accomplished a double whammy.

 

Let's talk about how painting

makes you feel:


* Relieves stress

* Rejuvenates feelings with color

* Gives you a feeling of self- satisfaction

* It is a great source of extra income should you choose to sell your art

* It is a challenge, but good

* It doesn't have to be perfect


* People who receive your art, whether purchased or as a gift, always appreciate your effort

* Art can open up a new avenue for meeting people if you choose to share or take a class

* And, not to forget to mention, it is FUN!



 

Now, where do we go from there? Well, let me open your mind to a fast-growing medium called Alcohol Ink. It has been around for a long time, but many people have never heard of it. I ran across it accidentally on Pinterest over 8 years ago. I learned how to paint and now I paint all the time and even sell my pieces in my own gallery downtown.


But, let me tell you why I am so fascinated with this medium. Besides all the reasons given above, I love the properties of alcohol ink.


First of all, alcohol ink is transparent. I compare it to food coloring and it comes in little bottles very similar to that. Rubbing alcohol; isopropyl 91% is your solvent (like water is to watercolor). I love watercolor but I am not very good at it. I don't care for porous watercolor paper where my paint soaks in and it is there!


Which is another thing I love about alcohol ink. It is designed for nonporous surfaces like ceramics, glass, metal and certain papers, such as YUPO. So, if I am painting a ceramic teapot and I don't like it, I can take a cotton ball with alcohol on it and erase the who thing. Yep! Just start all over on a nice clean teapot. Now you can't beat that with a stick! Trust me, I have erased my work MANY times!


Now, as time goes on, I find myself as one who has developed several techniques that I am now ready to share with the world. I am not saying they are all original. However, I have tweaked them so that they work for me and I am very comfortable with creating art with all the techniques I have.


Which leads me to the conclusion of this blog.


I want to personally invite you to take at least one of my workshops and you will see how much fun and fulfilling they are. I make it plain and simple and easy to follow my step-by-step instructions.


Please take just a moment to look over my website and see what I have to offer. Also, be sure to read my testimonials.


Have a colorful day!


If you would like more information on alcohol ink supplies, check out my blog on supplies.





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