One of the strengths of the alcohol-based ink is transparency. So I wanted to test the effet of Adirondack alcohol ink from Ranger on a transparent plastic sheet, instead of the usual Yupo paper.

The page from my experimental art journal showing the test done with alcohol ink on a transparent sheet of plastic. April 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

The page from my experimental art journal showing the test done with alcohol ink on a transparent sheet of plastic.
April 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

The Surface

I took what I had on hand to do the test, that is to say a plastic pouch that I simply cut into a sheet. The texture of this plastic is similar to that used to cover books, or a table, in its thickest version. Smooth but slightly sticky and probably not acid-free, therefore, not resistant to yellowing. It’s not ideal, but it is only a test after all.

Closeup from the result. There is a nice granulation effect similar to the one obtain with watercolor. April 2015.  © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the result. There is a nice granulation effect similar to the one obtain with watercolor.
April 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

The Test

For this test, I spread alcohol ink on both surfaces of the plastic sheet. Warm colors on one side and cooler color the other side.

The fact that both sides of the support have received ink gives depth and prevents warmer and cooler colors to mix together.

The ink sticks easily to that kind of surface. It is impossible to scratch the ink with the fingernail.

This technique seems promising and deserves further testing to answer questions like..:

  • What would be the effect on other transparent or translucent material? (Translucent Yupo, acetate, Mylar, Plexiglass, Duralar..)
  • Does a UV protective spray would change the level of transparency of the artwork?
Another closeup from the experimental art journal page. Ink on both sides of the transparent sheet gives deepness to  work. April 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Another closeup from the experimental art journal page. Ink on both sides of the transparent sheet gives deepness to work.
April 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Main problems

For there was indeed the problem of longevity of the inks. If they are not protected against UV, they are resistant to fading, but not permanent. Maybe would it be better to use transparent acrylic inks for this technique because they are permanent.

There is also the problem of static. A plastic surface such as that attracts dust like a magnet. Have you ever seen a paint studio without any dust?!!!

In conclusion, this test with alcohol ink on a transparent surface makes me realize how much I love the transparency and woke up an old forgotten dream, that of painting on glass in large size …

Thanks for your visit and see you soon,

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