Alcohol Ink Hearts

Last week, I shared some quick ways of using your gel plate and existing stamps/dies to create some quick love notes. Today, I show you how you can use alcohol inks to make some beautifully interlaced hearts without much effort. Also, without any “extra” stuff.

If you want to turn these into cards, just trim and mount your substrate on cardstock. Or you can even have these framed in different colors and hang in your craft room! Wouldn’t a rainbow of hearts look really pretty?

Masking Fluid + Alcohol Inks

This first video involves painting a heart shape with masking fluid and applying alcohol inks after it is completely dry. I didn’t like the white lines it left as I peeled it off, so I went overboard in decorating it. Also, I think I could have used blending solution to make the area around the heart a bit more muted. This feels very busy to me.

All products used in this painting can be found here.

Cookie Cutter + Alcohol Inks

For my second heart, I decided to use a more “rigid” boundary. Say hello to my cookie cutter! I found this to be a better way to “contain” the inks and really liked the “halo” effect I was able to create by dipping a paper napkin in alcohol and smearing it around. I will warn you, though: this cookie cutter approach is addictive! There’s no way you’ll do just one and stop!

All products used in this painting can be found here.

Cookie Cutter + Alcohol Inks (sans background)

For this last heart, I used the same cookie cutter technique but this time I was quick in picking up my heat gun and stop the flow of ink under the plastic. I will remind you to please be careful when using a heat gun. It’s important to keep moving back and forth and not burn the paper or yourself! I really like this effect without the background … it has a level of “purity” to it, I think.

All products used in this painting can be found here.

Do you have a favorite from these? Have you tried making alcohol ink paintings with masking fluid and cookie cutters before? I’d love to hear from you!

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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[…] got so much love for my alcohol ink hearts from you guys but I also heard from many of you about not wanting to use a heat gun when working […]

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