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. Love this so much, Shari! Amazing how you can play with the alcohol inks on the Yupo over and over and still get great results. Inspiring!

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

  3. I haven’t yet bought any Yupo and tried it out. One day I will. I’m sure it will be worth it.

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

  5. 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! :)

  6. 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! ???

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

  8. 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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