Mixed Media: Watercolor Rings with Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks

Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

Welcome everyone!! I hope you’re having a great weekend! I’ve been playing around with my Tim Holtz Alcohol inks to create a project for a friend of mine. 

I thought I’d try out the Alcohol Hard Core Art Panels to see what results I would get. The Art Panel is hardboard that has a coating, something substantial that you could frame. I’ve chosen some of my favorite colors to work with and encourage you to do the same. 

My objective with this project was to get watercolor looking rings and overlapping colors. It turned out close to what I had imagined. 

The area of purple at the top looks like a flower with a green leaf poking from behind, I was thrilled about it!! Once I had my background completed, I added my message using Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Letters cut from black cardstock.

I hope you enjoy the process!


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  1. So beautiful-luminous! This is my favorite color scheme and I love the rings theme. When u get tired of it, feel free to send it to me. I’m saving the supply list for when I get brave enough to try it. Alcohol ink art is so beautiful and you nailed it!

  2. Love the bright colors of the alcohol inks! Beautiful project and thanks for sharing your inspiration.

  3. What a beautiful project! It was fun watching you move all that color! I still need to try using alcohol inks!

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous and you always get me in trouble! Lol! Now I’m going to have to order the Hard Core Art Panels because it seems you can have more “control” of the alcohol inks by using a heat tool or hair dryer without fear of warping with these. Alcohol inks are fun because you’re never quite sure of the result and that’s why I like to use them. Thanks so much for always inspiring!

  5. Stunning project! I love alcohol inks but I tend to limit myself to backgrounds. You’ve inspired me to try a decorative piece. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. Beautiful piece and wish that I had the nerve to try it. The colors are absolutely beautiful and great video. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  7. Stunning! I’d love to hang this on my wall! Thanks for sharing this amazing technique. Where do you get 91% alcohol?

  8. I really like that you have a bit of control with this technique, I don’t see any warping with the hard core panels, so I will give this a try. Your piece is stunning, your friend will love it!

  9. Wow, this looks so cool! I haven’t experimented with alcohol inks yet but love the effects you’ve created.

  10. Just beautiful! Very inspiring. Makes me think of those poured acrylic pieces in a way too. I wonder how this would look on something sturdy and translucent, and backlit?

  11. This video is the best. I love watching the layers of alcohol ink being applied and seeing the result!

  12. This is so beautiful, Shari. I can’t wait to try. I have a question: How did you achieve the water droplet affect in the end result? I didn’t see that on camera… did you drop alcohol or splatter with water? Such a great finishing touch. Thank you!

  13. WOW! Fantastic.Love The colours. Thank you for the great video. Love to watch all you videos. I learn so much from watching them. Thank you.

  14. You used all my favorite colors – this piece is just beautiful! I love how the darker purple/plum color feels like a flower. Gotta try this!

  15. What a lovely piece of art!! Alcohol ink is fun to play with, this canvas is yet another aspect to consider when using the ink. I like the beautiful colors too!!

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