Rainbow-making with Alcohol Inks and Fire
In this tutorial video, I used diluted alcohol inks by Jacquard Products --I like to add a couple of drops of ink to a small bottle with a fine tip and add 91% isopropyl alcohol -- and a BBQ lighter to create a cool looking rainbow. After dropping some inks on the ceramic tile, I lit up the inks with a BBQ lighter.
As the fire made the alcohol evaporate, the inks left a really interesting design behind. You just have to play with the amount of ink and how many layers of color you want to create a sense of depth with. Repeat the process -- ink+fire -- until you're happy with the outcome.
Lastly, I embellished the rainbow circle design with Pebeo's vitrail cerne relief paints -- these are opaque dimensional paints that add a really interesting textural element. Make sure to add a couple of layers of Kamar varnish to seal the inks.
Add some cork or felt to the back and make it a coaster or mount it on a frame and it becomes a unique piece of happy art.
Note of advice: please only do this in a well-ventilated, sheltered area, preferably with no kids or pets around, and use a metal plate to place the tile on.
List of supplies used:
- Jacquard Products Acid-Free Ink
- Precision Tip Applicator Bottles
- Square White Glazed Ceramic Tiles
- BBQ Lighter Set
- Pebeo Vitrail Cerne Relief Outliners
- Kamar Varnish
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Thanks for watching and please let me know if you tried this technique or have any questions!