My gorgeous son sent me some alcohol inks just recently to play around with (what a kid hey!). He works for the company that manufactures the brand – Ironlak. They’ve recently started producing a range of art products and mediums and I have to say they’re beautifully packaged and reasonably priced.
Before I get into telling you anything about these inks, please know this is not a product review. I’m not comparing these alcohol inks to different brands, I’m simply telling you a little about them.
There are a few products in the range. The first I’ll tell you about is the ink bottles. These are 45ml plastic bottles of alcohol ink with child proof caps. The colour range is Red, Magenta, Green, Cyan, Blood Orange, Black, Purple and Dark Blue. They have a small nib which can be removed easily to clean.
The colours are vibrant and mix beautifully and work amazingly well on cured clay.
I tried a few different finishes on top of the alcohol inks and found two of the best finishes to be Magic-Glos and Kato Liquid Clay. The pic below shows the finished piece with Magic-Glos.
I found the inks took a very long time to dry on raw clay. A few of the veneers I created were still “tacky” 24 hours later. Needless to say I wanted to create some veneers using the inks and then cure them to check for colour fading. It’s a little hard to tell from the photos but there wasn’t much in the way of colour change from the veneer to the finished piece. These have been coated with two layers of Kato liquid clay and have held their colour well.
The ink range at Ironlak also includes Striker pens. These are simply amazing. I haven’t had much time yet to play around with them them but I’m looking forward to getting some spare time soon. They have a fine nib and broad nib and have some yummy colours.
and then there are Oozies. Oozies are a squeezable plastic bottle with a sponge applicator. Again, I haven’t had much time to explore the possibilities with these but they look pretty exciting that’s for sure.
So that’s the Ironlak alcohol ink range. You can always find more information on the Ironlak website . Just remember, this is a very brief rundown on some of the ink products and is not meant to be a comprehensive review or product comparison.
Happy creating everyone.