Color Journal: Alcohol Inks on White

December 13, 2010

in Alcohol inks,Color journal,Glossy cardstock,Non-stick craft sheet

Alcohol Inks on Glossy Paper

(Alcohol inks on glossy paper.)

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Hello! This week I’d like to share the latest installments in my color journal: pages showing my alcohol inks. Today, I will share two pages showing alcohol inks on white glossy cardstock and plain white cardstock.

How many alcohol ink colors are there?

Ranger has added 24 new colors to their alcohol ink line – bringing the total number of alcohol inks to 52. There are 24 earth tones, 12 lights, 12 brights, and 4 metallic mixatives.

I don’t own the whole collection, but I do have quite a few! I have 15 earth tones: bottle, meadow, pesto, lettuce, denim, stream, eggplant, wild plum, slate, butterscotch, espresso, terra cotta, currant, raisin, and cranberry. I have 6 brights: citrus, pool, sail boat blue hazelnut, watermelon, and mountain rose. I have 6 lights: willow, cloudy blue, cool peri, lemonade, peach bellini, and shell pink. And, I own all four metallics (pearl, silver, gold, and copper). That brings my personal total to 31 alcohol inks.

Why do the color journal pages look different?

The image at the top of the post shows all of these colors on glossy paper. This is a special coated paper that really accepts the alcohol inks well. (It also works well with dye inks, like Distress Inks.) The image below shows the same colors on regular cardstock. Notice how different the two color journal pages look.

Alcohol Inks on regular cardstock Alcohol Inks on regular cardstock

As you can see, the alcohol inks are much more fluid and move much more on the glossy paper. They soak in much more on the regular cardstock and the colors are not as variegated as they are on the glossy paper.

Here is a side-by-side comparison:

Alcohol Ink side-by-side comparison on glossy paper (left) and regular cardstock (right) Alcohol Ink side-by-side comparison on glossy paper (left) and regular cardstock (right)

For my color journal pages, I simply dropped one drop of ink for each color. But, normally, you would use an applicator with felt to apply alcohol inks.

You will need a non-stick craft sheet

Whether you use glossy paper or regular cardstock, the ink will soak in and possibly through your paper. Having a non-stick craft sheet is a must if you are working with alcohol inks, to protect your work surface. The alcohol inks are designed to be permanent on non-pourous surfaces – and that includes desks! It also includes glossy paper, metal, glass, and acetate.

How to remove or clean up alcohol ink

If you do get the alcohol ink somewhere you don’t want it, use the blending solution right away to lighten it or possibly remove it. You will need to have some on hand anyway, to clean the non-stick craft sheet after using it with alcohol inks. And, it can help lighten colors or blend them as you are using them.

Why create multiple color journal pages?

The reason why I created two pages for my color journal, is that the inks appear differently on different surfaces. I wanted to see how the colors look on both glossy paper and regular cardstock – so I did a color journal page for each. If you are creating your own color journal, I highly recommend making samples of your colors on each type of surface you are going to use. That way you can see exactly how your colors will appear on each surface.

New color journal tab in navigation

By the way, I’ve added a new tab to the navigation menu along the top of my blog pages, called Color Journal. That way, you can easily go back and see my other color journal entries, if you would like.

Thanks for stopping by!

{ 1 appreciated comment }

1 Anne Gaal November 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

From Sarah Wallis of on 12/14/2010: I love this Anne! Thanks for all the information. Happy Christmas too!

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