The Wonders of Alcohol

Hey! I saw that smirk, that little glimmer in your eye. Are you thinking about that last time you had just a wee bit too much to drink, and remembering the wonders of alcohol and how you felt the next morning? Well, yes, there is that. There is the alcohol that is meant for consumption. Human consumption. The kind that numbs the mind and makes a very very bad day not quite so bad. Or at least, not remembered in so much detail. But, far more often, the kind that makes sitting on my deck with a glass in hand in the early evening a wonderful way to just enjoy the world outside and watch the birds flit around, listen to their songs, and enjoy the newest blossoms smiling at the sun.
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But that’s not all, you know. There is regular, old-fashioned rubbing alcohol. That which contains antiseptic qualities, and has many uses for cleaning as well as sanitizing. We all have at least one of these bottles in our cabinets, don’t we?

Recently, I stumbled across another kind of alcohol. Not meant for human consumption, as least not orally. Not meant for sanitizing or cleaning. Meant to create beauty – or, in my case, attempt to create beauty. But then, it’s not just alcohol, there are other components. I learned about this from our little local newsletter, where I saw an ad for a class to be offered at our local art gallery – it was called alcohol ink painting, and the photos of some of the samples intrigued me. So I signed up – but, alas, the class did not happen because enough people did not sign up. I think that part might have been mishandled just a bit, and that the ad could have been more explicit about signing up in advance, but so be it. I had bought the requisite materials, so I tried playing at home. As always, when I become interested in something new, I research and research and research and watch videos and read tutorials, all in an attempt to have a clue. A beginning point.

Well – I almost had a beginning point. I almost had a clue. Maybe. But I found those inks of the alcoholic kind to be a bit wayward, a bit headstrong, not much interested in being controlled by a neophyte. So I spent a lot of time typing the words into Google, watching videos and tutorials that came up, still not managing to create anything near what the instructors created. Frustration! Then I stumbled upon an online class, offered by Sheryl Williams. I signed up. The class doesn’t start until July 2, and is the kind I like best – work at your own pace with lots of videos and instructions offered. The material is available for a year from the start date, giving the opportunity to practice and practice and hopefully, even this old lady will catch on. The medium intrigues me because in the painting I’ve done in years past, I’ve always had this need to come up with a very realistic result. I’ve never been able to let myself just play, just go with the flow, the heart, and end up with something abstract, but yet still speaks to me. I am hoping alcohol inks will encourage that in me.

I have bought the materials listed for the class – many more than the class that didn’t happen required – in fairness, it was only a two hour class and could not possibly cover the territory this one will at four week – the paints and other things, so now I have a pretty impressive collection.

And I have played. And played. One of the blessings of this type of painting is that if you are not satisfied with what you’ve done and your surface permits – I’m using ceramic tiles, anything non-porous will work – you can simply clean it off with – surprise! – alcohol. The rubbing kind. Then go have a glass of the drinking kind, come back and try again. A little of what I have done –

you can see how far I have to go. Stay tuned.

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I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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23 Responses to The Wonders of Alcohol

  1. Phyllis Lake says:

    I say “not bad. I especially like the one on the right. The orange aught my eye. The clouds are also nice.

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  2. Dawn says:

    OH! I was so worried that something really bad had happened to you when I started reading this. And now I’m so excited for you that you found a class! I love the tiles. I think other people always like art better than the artist. So don’t worry about how ‘far’ you have to go. Enjoy how far you’ve come! Enjoy!!!!

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  3. loisajay says:

    I had never heard of alcohol ink painting until I read your other post. I like it! I especially like the painting on the right with the sky, water and land. I think you have talent, girl!

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  4. Dawn says:

    I just went and watched her do the time lapse of the frog. Pretty cool. Reminds me somewhat of water color.

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  5. LG says:

    Ah…for some reason, I have been toying with the idea of glass painting since yesterday…should I or shouldn’t I. Your post made my decision for me. Here I come.

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  6. I haven’t heard of alcohol ink painting, but it looks like fun. Your paintings are lovely – I am torn between the middle and the right hand ones as my favourite.

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  7. Karma says:

    Looks like fun! I’ll be looking forward to see how things go with your class!

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  8. Cee Neuner says:

    I definitely will be staying tuned. šŸ˜€

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  9. Love the tiles especially the middle one.


  10. Oh my gosh, I love it. And what you’ve created ā€” on tiles, no less ā€” is fantastic!

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  11. Kathy says:

    I am impressed by your alcoholic (ha ha!) post. I laughed out loud in the last paragraph. A good glass of wine can be a delightful part of the day. Your tile painting looks fantastic. You are way above neophyte status. The tiles look funky and creative. Enjoyed reading this!

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  12. Heather says:

    I am so excited to see what you learn and create! Those tiles are beautiful – the right end one especially speaks to me. Can you give me a rough estimate of what a starter kit of this would cost? I know a couple people for whom this could make a wonderful gift šŸ™‚

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    • Carol says:

      I’m not sure if you can buy kits, but the basic requirements are the alcohol ink, which Ranger sells in packs of 3for about $9, a non-porous surface (glass, ceramic tile, Yupo paper, acetate, etc.), 91% rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, q-tips, canned air or straw – Google alcohol ink painting and you’ll get a better idea. There’s a lot more that can be used, of course, and that I’ve gotten, because that’s how I am. Amazon sells everything that is needed. It can be frustrating, because the medium is less easily controlled than other painting media, but you can get happy surprises too.

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  13. suzicate says:

    Those look amazing! Sounds like a really cool medium to work with! I read something not long ago about them. I was intrigued but haven’t tried them yet. Just what I need, another hobby, ha!

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  14. What a fun new hobby you seem to have found! Good for you for trying new things- and for not giving up when the class was cancelled. I really like the abstract style of the pictures. The landscape on the right is my favorite. I look forward to seeing more of your creations.

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  15. Hi Carol,
    What a fun post–love the many uses of alcohol! What a great idea, to take an art class online and, definitely, to take a glass of vino to get the creative juices flowing. Your paintings are lovely–I’m especially drawn to the one on the right. Keep us posted!

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  16. Lisa says:

    Oh how fun! And how creative and smart you are in figuring it out on your own. Perhaps the class would have had a better enrollment it the human-consumption alcohol had been served as well?! šŸ™‚ I lift my wine glass to you for growing more brain cells!!

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  17. Dawn says:

    I’ve been wondering if you started your online class? And if you want to share how it’s going?

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    • Carol says:

      Yes and I’m enjoying it. I forget that when I post to that Facebook group, it doesn’t share with friends. Maybe I should get my ducks in a row and do a post about it tomorrow morning.


  18. leendadll says:

    I love the one on the far right!
    Triple bonus points for using the word neophyte… it was a fav of one of my favorite college professors. Sometimes we’d even be so beginner as to be “ultra neophyte”.


  19. pattisj says:

    It looks like you are doing pretty well with the alcohol inks. I have some that I used on glossy card stock and transparencies, which give a stained-glass look. You’re right about control, but, like you, I go for realism mostly, so it’s nice to have something one doesn’t have to think about too much.

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