Artist demonstrates the latest craze in painting — alcohol ink art –

Artist Allie Lull of St. James donates half her sales income to Samaritan’s Purse International Relief to help fund clean water projects.

By Carolyn Bowers StarNews Correspondent

ST. JAMES — Some artists concentrate on perfecting their skills in one medium, but Allie Lull is not one of them. Her art runs the gamut from watercolors, acrylics, pastels and oils to mixed media and photography and from abstract impressions to realistic paintings. So it was not surprising that last winter she tried a new technique — alcohol ink art.

This process is so new it isn’t even in Wikipedia yet. It involves spreading highly pigmented alcohol-based inks on a non-porous surface, then tilting the surface in different directions and finally blowing air through a straw or using a compressed air duster to further refine the flow of the paint to get the desired look. The result is a strikingly brilliant array of colors and shapes that look like whatever the viewer thinks they look like.

Looking at one of the paintings, Lull said, “Some see the sun coming up here and some flowers and possibly a rock formation below. Others see lava flowing down a mountain and an angel above the clouds. I like the person looking at it to enter the painting and find their own meaning in it.”

Lull heard about this process, researched it on the Internet and took a six-week online course. She began by using Yupo paper, which is a thick glossy paper. Having pretty well mastered the technique for that surface, she is now experimenting with tiles.

While demonstrating the process she was asked what she wanted the painting to look like. “Oh, I don’t know,” she said. “We’ll see how it develops as we go along.”

Somewhere along the way, she saw where the painting

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