Art Journal: Alcohol Inks with Shari Carroll

Put on your sunglasses friends because I have a bright one for you today!!

I had some playtime with Tim Holtz Alcohol inks on Yupo for my art journal page. A quick explanation of Yupo is that it’s a plastic paper. It can be used with watercolors, inks, paints and more. It’s simply amazing! I’m not going to lie, you’re going to love it. The more you experiment; the more backgrounds you’ll want to make.

One of my favorite things is that the Yupo remains smooth and flat so doodling is possible!

Shari Carroll. Art Journal

I started with Two 5″x7″ sheets of white Yupo and used my Alcohol inks to create the background (see the video below). Once I had the background ink and the two pieces looking similar, I stamped the Circle Doodle image on both using Black Archival ink. This stamp is a fine line images that will leave plenty of color showing through and lines to write on for journaling. I trimmed one of the backgrounds down to 2″x7″ to add together for the square format of my journal.

Shari Carroll, Art Journal

I added some Tim Holtz Quote Chips for my title and a strip of Tim Holtz Tissue tape to hide the seam between the Yupo pieces. I absolutely love how the alcohol inks marble and mix to create a beautiful background. I’m not quite done with my doodling, this will be a work in progress, sit and relax page.

Shari Carroll, Art Journal

I have filmed a process video that you can watch below or on our YouTube channel HERE.

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  1. What an amazing piece of art – I love it and love the technique! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  2. Wow!! The intense colors in this card are just gorgeous. I love the free and easy approach that makes every background different.

  3. Oh wow – I’m always blown away by how vibrant alcohol inks are, and it looks so amazing on the yupo! I definitely need to try this paper! Thanks so much for sharing your ‘experiments’ – I learned so muc! :)

  4. What an amazing project! The background coloring with alcohol inks looks gorgeous & the stamping and doodling is lovely. I so much love the result! Thank you Shari for the totaly inspiring journal page! 💖💖💖

  5. Those colors are fantastic! I haven’t tried yupo paper and alcohol inks yet, but am very interested after watching your video!

  6. This is si great!! I love the multiple techniques you showed. I want to run out and buy all these supplies!! TY so much for sharing

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