Last week, I shared with you a video shot during the creation of two paintings done with alcohol ink on transparent sheets of Dura-Lar (see here) but you did not see the paintings in detail. Now is the time to remedy the situation and to show you close-ups.

"Heureux débordement" (Happy Excess) Alcohol ink on transparent Dura-Lar. 10×10 in (25,4 x 25,4 cm)  June 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

“Heureux débordement” (Happy Excess)
Alcohol ink on transparent Dura-Lar. 10×10 in (25,4 x 25,4 cm)
June 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Sparkling high contrasting colors close-up from the alcohol ink painting on Dura-Lar "Heureux débordement" (Happy Excess) June 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Sparkling high contrasting colors close-up from the alcohol ink painting on Dura-Lar “Heureux débordement” (Happy Excess)
June 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Layer Effect

Certainly, working with a transparent medium on both sides of a transparent support opens up exciting, creative possibilities in spite of its difficulties. I like how the colors from both sides blend in transparency, creating a layer effect.

Another close-up from  the alcohol ink painting on Dura-Lar "Heureux débordement" (Happy Excess) June 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Another close-up from the alcohol ink painting on Dura-Lar “Heureux débordement” (Happy Excess)
June 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

I love the drips and the circle pattern from the alcohol ink painting on Dura-Lar "Heureux débordement" (Happy Excess) June 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

I love the drips and the circle pattern from the alcohol ink painting on Dura-Lar “Heureux débordement” (Happy Excess)
June 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Luminosity, Intensity and Depth

The luminosity and color intensity and the inks are really emphasized in this type of transparent support. The colors painted on the back modify those painted on the front. It gives depth and more relief to the painting, and a very light 3D effect.

"Souffle inspiré" (Inspired Breath) Alcohol ink painting on transparent Dura-Lar. 10×10 in (25,4 x 25,4 cm)  June 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

“Souffle inspiré” (Inspired Breath)
Alcohol ink painting on transparent Dura-Lar. 10×10 in (25,4 x 25,4 cm)
June 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the alcohol ink painting on Dura-Lar: "Souffle inspiré" (Inspired Breath). June 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the alcohol ink painting on Dura-Lar: “Souffle inspiré” (Inspired Breath).
June 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

But…

Transparency hides nothing and the presence of ink on both sides of the support not only multiplies the possibilities, but also difficulties such as modified colors, darkening of the painting by addition, proliferation of textures that can easily overload the composition, etc. Hopefully, these problems should ease with the experience…

Close-up from the alcohol ink painting on Dura-Lar: "Souffle inspiré" (Inspired Breath). The horizontal lines add a dynamic touch. June 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the alcohol ink painting on Dura-Lar: “Souffle inspiré” (Inspired Breath).
The horizontal lines add a dynamic touch.
June 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

This close-up shows the effect of transparency with the pale blue lines from the alcohol ink painting on Dura-Lar: "Souffle inspiré" (Inspired Breath). The horizontal lines add a dynamic touch. June 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

This close-up shows the effect of transparency with the pale blue lines from the alcohol ink painting on Dura-Lar: “Souffle inspiré” (Inspired Breath).
The horizontal lines add a dynamic touch.
June 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Technical details

On the technical side, I used the Adirondack alcohol inks from Ranger to achieve these paintings on Yupo paper. Three coats of the acrylic spray varnish from Golden (both glossy and semi-gloss) on both sides provide a general and anti-UV protection.

Display

As for how to display my paintings created on a transparent support, I decided to fix them with acid free spray adhesive (Elmer’s) on Yupo paper a few inches bigger to have a bright non-textured white background. The paintings can then simply be framed with a mat.

Note that all the photos and size correspond to the paintings before gluing them on Yupo paper.

Useful Link

  • Grafix: Manufacturer of Dura-Lar products (among others).
Thanks for your visit on the blog and do not hesitate to send me your questions and comments.
See you soon,

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