I just read an article on Reddot Blog debating the importance of working in series.
Working in series in new for me and I’m really loving it. Last year I worked the same process idea many times, and in so doing, inadvertently created some series, which indeed gave me more to talk about with people. Currently I’m working on a new series which is exciting because it’s the first time the idea has come to me AS a series. This one has a chronological energy to it, and I’ve been compelled to produce new pieces quickly as the ideas show up (interestingly, they’re chronological in the story they make up but have showed up in random order). I’m currently at eight pieces for this series, and only one of them is decidedly finished, so I’m working alternately on the other seven, while open to the idea that more may well show up! This has been amazing, truly feeling like an energy coming “through” me rather than “from” me. I’m going along for the ride! Really looking forward to when the series is finished, and laying out the story on the walls around my studio in a way that can help me “tell it”.
Will be posting some photos of this work in progress shortly.
When in doubt, Google it. The technique I learned and like the best is to prime the canvas with Kilz2 Latex Primer. This can be found at most paint, hardware, and home supplies stores. It's commonly used to seal surfaces to keep out water, and to seal in stains to prevent seepage through paint layers. It creates a great surface for alcohol ink painting. Enjoy! Let me know how you like it.
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Thanks to the wonderful alcohol ink artist, Brittainy Bolding, for sharing her secret on this topic in her YouTube video, How to Prep Your Canvas for Alcohol Inks.