WOYWW 144 – dripping alcohol


Well, I had a delivery yesterday – unfortunately DD is still unwell and demanding my presence so I didn’t get a chance to play as much as I would have liked.  Today it’s all about the Color wash mists and surgical spirit.  I’ve seen some demos of dripping alcohol onto colour washed paper, and wanted to give it a go.  In he UK they don’t sell “rubbing alcohol,” which is what I assume is the preferred alcohol, based on images and videos.  Surgical Spirit (which has to be purchased from a pharmacy counter, or at least it did at the Sainsbury’s I went to) has a few additional ingredients, like menthol and castor oil.  I’m not sure if all the versions do or just the one I found. In particular I wonder what the oil might do to the effect.

Anyway, dripping the alcohol onto the still-wet inks disperses it a bit, and reveals the paper beneath.  I wanted to try it over paper that had been painted with metallic acrylic paint.  And It not only worked, it gave some nifty effects.  I especially like it when I prop the paper up and let the mist drip.

This was a mix of Meadow and a blue I mixed myself.  I love it.  You can’t see it in this shot but the paper was painted with silver paint (which I let dry fully) before misting and dripping.

This angled shot shows more of the silver but deadens the bright colours.

This one I painted with gold and misted Dylusions Vanilla Custard and Butterscotch (sounds yummy) and the spirit more spattered and less dripped, IYKWIM. It glows.

I am def. going to play more with this and it may end up on my 3 of diamonds on Monday!

I was rubbish at WOYWW visits last week due to some issues with my mail server – I had to re-acquire over 6000 messages and go back to review and delete or file them all.  Ugh.  With luck and DDs cooperation, I will do better this week.  I hate missing out on all the lovely work I see every stop on the massive WOYWW blog hop.  I simply cannot keep up with all the inspiration it provides. Hopefully if you know about it I’ll be visiting your desk soon.  If you don’t click the link and hold on to your hat!  It’s an amazing ride every week!

45 thoughts on “WOYWW 144 – dripping alcohol

  1. Good for you…always experimenting aren’t you? Happy WOYWW!

  2. Love your inking techniques, happy belated WOYWW, Erika.

  3. Howdy,
    Haopy WOYWW!

    Wonderful textures! Nifty workspace – thanks for the peek.

    Would love for you to visit my blog, and become a follower when you have a moment or 2. Also, get Freebies to celebrate my 2nd blogoversary!


  4. Today is the first day for me in WYOWW land…its so exciting to visit everyone’s desk.
    I’m starting at the beginning of the list and working my way through so I don’t miss anything…Yep I’m nosey like that.
    I’ve never used this technique but it’s certainly affective. Love the colours!
    Have a great crafty week…must dash and check out a few more desks! 😀

  5. What a great job. I have never played with this technique but now I want to. i love the uneven, raggedy sort of look to the colour.

  6. Sooo Pretty! I love the greens!

  7. I realize I am really late getting here, especially since I am #2. But I have had a terrible time keeping my computer running today. Seems it wants to shut down after I visit one blog. I really love what you are doing with those AIs. Love the colors, and the technique, too.

    Happy WOYWW.

  8. what beautiful creations, the colors are amazing!

  9. I too love working with alcohol inks I think I might just try putting glossy paper in my art journal and play around. thanks for sharing!

  10. What a fab creative desk, love the effects you’ve created too 🙂 x

  11. Just bought rubbing alcohol from ebay £5 very quick delivery but it hasn’t Made good alcohol Ink as it acts as the blender would from adirondack.wish someone. Would come up with a cheaper home made version have tried. But failed so tend to think that’s fine why. They are so expensive. This. Phone is adding its own full stops sorry

  12. I’ve never heard of this technique before but I love the results. I’m glad you got a chance to play, try out this technique and show it off.

  13. they look like fabulous projects. Love the way they look and can imagine the look in real.
    Thanks for the peeks. Have a great day

  14. Wow! I love the ink technique!!!

  15. Loving that ink tech 🙂 gotta try that ! Haves fab week p xxx

  16. That looks great fun – fab colours. Take care, enjoy this WOYWW & I’m off to snoop some more! Wonder how many I’ll get round today? Zo xx 60

  17. Love the effects! It’s so much fun to experiment! Warmly Tracy WOYWW #96

  18. Such interesting goings on this week on your desk … love the effects you are obtaining with your inks and the surgical spirit, something which I would never have thought of using. The Vanilla Custard and Butterscotch sounds more like a delicious desert than the inks they really are. Hope you’re having a happy WOYWW. Elizabeth x #22

  19. love the effects you achieved with your experiments and I am stunned by anyone who can keep the paint just o the canvas…

    D @ 111

  20. Great effects, love the ‘drippiness’!

    Happy woyww

    Debs #104

  21. Great desk and love the colours on the canvas. Anne #85

  22. Lovely experiments and those colours are fantastic. I have some Iso-propyl alcohol that I bought from EBay a few years ago. It’s in a tin/bottle (like T-Cut or liquid Brasso) and came from a company called Mistral. Not sure if they still do it but it was a bargain and it works a treat.
    Ann B

  23. Great technique…thanks for sharing!

  24. What a great effect 🙂 I am defo going to have to give this effect a go.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Becky #44

  25. These are quite lovely, you get such a richness of colour. Have often bemoaned the lack of rubbing alcohol…we have to have additives in it to make it smell like something non-alcoholic…like the gas!!
    YOU can’t keep up – there’s about 100 WOYWWers who can’t keep up with you…you’re turning into Prolific Woman!!

  26. Hi there, Maryanne yes am with you on the alcohol drip effect love it – not sure what it would be called here but have wanted to try it and shall d one day not doubt – you know what is happening when the emails of your posts come in of late- they have been going straight to my deleted section in hotmail cant for the life of me work out why – not spam just as if i had deleted them! thanks so much for sharing. Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #32

  27. Interesting looking pieces. I love alcohol inks just wish they were quite as messy! Hope you have a great week and thanks for sharing! Vickie #44

  28. How fuN! I will have to try that with my Copic refills.
    Aeryn at #69

  29. Great idea and I am sure it smelt very sporty!

  30. Man, I am loving the results of your playing! Beautiful things happening on your desk.

  31. that looks so much fun,love the finished effect,happy crafting,x

  32. wow, great effects there! i’m sure it looks even better in person. happy WOYWW, and thanks for sharing!
    peggy aplSEEDS

  33. Fabulous backgrounds-love the colors! dani33

  34. OMG, lovin’ this! Very cool!!! I am going to have to try this out. I now have a notebook dedicated to WOYWW posts that I want to go back to (and the reason why). This will definitely be going in the notebook!

    Can’t believe you made it through all those emails!!! Wow

    Happy WOYWW

  35. oh great, love the bottom one best, all sort of autumny! Have a great crafty week
    Happy WoyWW #27

  36. Hi there, trying to squeeze in as many visits as I can so just a quick visit today! Thanks for letting us in to see your world today! you have some cool effects there.
    Neil #19

  37. Like that project & want to try it myself now! Hope you get some time to play at your desk & your DD is better soon! Have a good week!

  38. And talking of inspiration, look what we have here then! Beautiful colours and what a fun thing to do.

    Brenda 6

  39. Lovely effects you have achieved with the alcohol and the inks… I can see this becoming a favourite for backgrounds.

  40. My goodness – what gorgeous drips! That texture and colors is just amazing….I always love a good drip. It’s a challenge to visit even half of the woyww ladies…..and I know what you mean about the wealth of good ideas!

  41. Wow, that is really cool! Rubbing alcohol can be bought here (Aust), in the supermarket, as ISOCOL. Happy WOYWW! RosA#16

  42. Loving your inky papers .What beautiful designs your getting.Loving the colours the orangey one sounds good enough to
    Happy woyww
    hugs judex9

  43. WOW! A fabulous idea, I just love your ideas and the time you take sharing your ideas you really inspire me, what an amazing effect on those papers today on your desk, Have a good week and I hope DD recovers soon, Hugs May x x x

  44. Lovely messy desk and items

    Thanks for sharing


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