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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Acrylic Inks

This week I decided to do another picture using the rubber cement technique.
I sketched the orchids and then went over the lines with rubber cement, being careful
to seal each section so the paint couldn't run out.

I painted the orchids with a watercolor and acrylic ink combination.
Because the two stems at the bottom bothered me, I decided to use green for background at the base.

My initial watercolor green was too dull and had no texture.
Back to the acrylic ink.
I love the vivid results I get using the ink like watercolor.
I added a bit of orange to the orchids.
When you are happy with your results, you erase the rubber cement off with an
eraser made for just that.  It takes up the pencil lines as well.

What are your thoughts?
Happy PPF


  1. How lovely! =) They look so soft and I like the colors and the contrast in back :)

  2. This really resembles stained glass the way you've used resist and such brilliant colors. Lovely!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  3. I'd not heard of this technique before. Very interesting, and yes it does give a lovely stained glass look!Happy PPF!

  4. That's very interesting. I too had not heart of the rubber glue technique. It's a very nice piece and does indeed resemble stained glass. Great work! Thank you. Happy PPF!

  5. It has a stained glass quality. I love the vibrant colors of the ink and how each shape is a little piece of art. I think you're doing great with this technique.

  6. Oh how beautiful, love seeing the ink work progression. HPPF!

  7. Love the look ~ very pretty and with depth ~ divine ^_^

  8. Wow I love it Susan....and the process is amazing. I really like strong lines whether they are black or white. Possibly why I am so attracted to stain glass...this has a flavor of that and why I love your orchids! Can't wait to see more of this process!!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. Beautiful Orchids Susan, I love the colour combination and the style reminds me of a batik

  10. Cool technique with wonderful results HPPF Dxx

  11. Very interesting technique! It does look like the reverse of stained glass. Beautiful work!

  12. Very interested in this technique Susan, your orchids are gorgeous and do look like stained glass.
    I never really heard of using rubber cement, is it regular stuff used in home repairs? Also what acrylic inks do you use?
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

  13. A strikingly beautiful piece! great way to avoid the colors running together where you may not want does look a bit like stained glass without the black edges. happy PPF!

  14. Rubber cement... what a very cool effect. Your orchids are vibrant and beautiful!

  15. Your flowers are wonderful. I dont know this technice, and think, this effect is very impressiv. Clear and light in one.
    Hugs and love

  16. Lovely work. I had not heard of this technique but it makes perfect sense! The acrylic inks makes this really vivid. Wow! Happy PPF

  17. yes, i love this technique. the inks are vivid and make the painting pop. happy ppf

  18. I have never heard of this technique, but I think it looks intriguing. I like the result a lot.

  19. Hi Susan, accidentally stumbled onto your blog, and boy do I love your work. That rubber cement technique is stunning, and I browsed around and love what you make. Haven't attempted the zentangle yet, but I really love the endresults so I think I will have to give it a try myself. Thanks for the inspiration. I just started my own art journaling blog, so if you would like to stop by and check it out, you're more than welcome. Here's the link:
    Hugs Frea

  20. Great technique and happy vibrant art...loved it all !!

  21. Very cool technique! I have acrylic inks that I have never tried yet....this makes me want to open them up! Thank you for sharing and for stopping by my blog :)


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