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How To Use Alcohol Inks - Blended Gradient | Paper Flower Colouring Techniques

How To Use Alcohol Inks - Blended Gradient | Paper Flower Colouring Techniques


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One of the most common struggles I see with making paper flowers, is having the confidence to give colouring methods a try. In particular alcohol inks seem to scare people the most, and honestly there's no reason for that, as using alcohol inks to colour your paper flowers can be one of the easiest methods there is!

Over the next few months I plan to share with you some of the different ways you can colour your paper flowers, using alcohol inks, pan pastels, acrylic paints and more. In the first instalment in my colouring techniques mini series, I show you how to use alcohol inks to create a blended gradient, perfect for making paper hydrangeas or other flowers that have that lovely blotchy variety in their colouring.

Click on the image below to watch the alcohol ink tutorial.


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- The inks I'm using in the video are from the Tim Holtz range by Ranger, and I'm using the colours Stonewashed and Cool Peri

- Isopropyl Alcohol, available from most chemists/pharmacies/grocery stores/supermarkets. I use 70% strength.

- I'm using the Lia Griffith Heavy Crepe Paper in Snowflake, but this technique should work with all crepe papers too.

- Jar or pot to mix your inks in.

- Fluffy paint brush.

- Protection for your workspace.

I hope this encourages you to give alcohol inks a try, if you have any questions please leave a comment below and I'll do my best to help.

Happy flower making,

Michelle x