One of the things I love about art is that it affords the opportunity to create colorful works. I have never, as long as I can remember, cared a thing for pastels or neutral colors. I like bright, stimulating colors that swirl and mix together, whether they are in the same color family or a combination as diverse as the rainbow.
I can sometimes accomplish the task with acrylic paints and my gelli printing plate as in these evelopes. Many of the colors I used in these prints are Silks acrylic glaze, which contain various minerals to give them a shimmery look, which is another dimension to art that I find appealing.
One of my favorite mediums to accomplish this is alcohol ink, which I mentioned in yesterday's post. Here and here are a few examples of how vibrant and bold these inks can be. The second link is a tutorial I wrote awhile back.
Alcohol ink works best on slick, non-porous surfaces, such as photo paper, Yupo which is a synthetic "paper", and plastic or glass. In addition to the little bottles of alcohol ink you can purchase, there are alcohol based markers such as Copic, Spectrum Noir, PrismaColor, and even Sharpies. The piece above was done with drops of ink shot with canned air, then highlighted with gel pens.
Most of my art projects feature bold colors, and it is my preference for home decor as well. I know there are many people who like neutrals, especially in their decor, but I am drawn to the outrageous and daring. How about you? Do you like bold and bright or bland and