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Art Journal: Swirlie Rev 1.1

"Context and memory
play powerful roles
in all the truly great meals
in one's life."
~Anthony Bourdain

18x24" strathmore watercolor paper, ephemera, golden heavy bodied acrylics, alcohol inks

Fresh new fun. A background of heavy bodied acrylics painted with a fuzzy paint brayer, collaged ephemera, swirls of alcohol(ic) inks randomly applied. The 140 lb paper in the large wirebound Strathmore watercolor pad is smooth and dreamy for paint and collage.

Thanks to Aimee of Artsyville for the inky inspiration in her funky inked ceramic tiles. Michaels only had a small selection of inks, the colors were fairly muted; I need to get some bright colors!

Photographed, the page looks a bit overdone and gaudy, but in real life, with these eyes, it looks cool. Check out others from this big journal, including Summer Winds + Watermelon.

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Reader Comments (6)

i really need to get one of those brayer thingys...any suggestions? love the bourdain quote - my teenaged son and i like to watch his show together.

05.26.2010 | Unregistered Commenterstacy wills

Stacy, Try Speedball Soft Rubber Brayers; I have 3 of the 2" width brayers, so that I can work in multiple colors at once. You can wash quickly w/dish soap + pat dry, easy peasy.

05.26.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

How did you apply the alcohol ink swirls, exactly? Did you use a brush? Did you buy those fillable pens they sell?

05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTamera

Your page looks great - really fun and vibrant. Did you know you can make your own alcohol inks? Here's one article: . There are others too, just do a google search. I understand that the higher percentage alcohol is better, see this

05.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterQuiltrobin

Tamera, For the alcohol inks, I put them on the page straight from their containers. Nothing fancy! They are highly fluid so I think you'd be able to apply them as you would watercolors.

Quiltrobin, Thx for the link to the info @ alcohol inks - I did investigate but I wanted to see what all the fuss was about with regards to the brand name inks. I like to use permanent inks/paints/etc and I'm not sure if the home made vsn would be so?

~ Tammy

05.26.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

Well, I gave it a go, but mine came gushing out of the bottle and made blobs. Pretty, but I like yours better!

05.27.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTamera

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