How to apply alcohol inks to canvas
Author: Dana McGorlick-Appelman Date Posted:25 May 2022
If you’re wondering how best to apply alcohol inks to canvas, this video is for you.
While alcohol inks are typically best used on a non-porous surface like yupo paper, we’ve found a way to apply these inks to canvas that leads to stunning results. We’ve compared alcohol inks on primed and unprimed canvas, and both lead to interesting results.
Starting off with the unsealed canvas. While the canvas we used does have a few layers of gesso on it, you’ll notice as we apply the inks that they sink into the weave of the canvas as the surface is still porous.
We also found that there was some grainy patches of pigment on the canvas as the inks doesn’t apply evenly.
Now for sealing your canvas. To seal the canvas and prepare it for the alcohol inks, we coated the canvas with Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze. We applied 3 layers of this spray to create a smooth non-porous surface. Once the base was fully dried, we applied the inks.
The inks are applied far more smoothly and we’re able to glide over the canvas. The pigments look far more vibrant and glossy, and don’t settle into the weave of the canvas.
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