Pros & Cons Using Citra Solv With Alcohol Inks

Loving The Effects Of Using Citra Solv with Alcohol Inks…

Dreamscape No. 538, 5x6, Yupo Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 538, 5×6, Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Colors Used- Adirondack Sailboat Blue, Citrus, Purple Twilight, Silver Mixative

Techniques- Initially dropped and guided inks with usual Dreamscaping Techniques. Experimented with Citra Solv toothbrush splatter into wet ink and dry ink. Also used coffee stirrer and credit card. Sky has a lot of Silver Mixative. Moon is lifted with Citra Solv and a Q-Tip.


1. Edge Quality – Citra Solv slightly thickens alcohol inks causing a variety of edges when using Dreamscaping Techniques.

2. Texture Variety – Splattering Citra Solv with a toothbrush creates variety of textures. Be sure to wait a few seconds for texture to appear.

3. Lifting – Using a Q-Tip dipped in Citra Solv creates natural effects.

4. Small Corrections – Using a Q-Tip dipped in Citrasolv can alter minor flaws without disturbing surrounding areas.


1. Increased Drying Time – Make sure Citra Solv skies are totally dry before dropping in Metallic Mixative suns/moons.

2. Tacky Surface – If too much Citra Solv is used, surface stays tacky to the touch. A little goes a long way.

3. Fading Issues – Have received reports from a credible source of alcohol ink artwork with Citra Solv fading. Makes me wonder if ingredients in Citra Solv contribute.

4. May Need Extra Vinyl Gloves –  The photo below shows what happened after 20-30 minutes of splattering Citra Solv with a toothbrush.

I hope what I am learning will be helpful to anyone considering experimenting with Citra Solv and alcohol inks. Incredibly fun with interesting effects, but still too early to tell how well the finished paintings will hold up.

Welcome comments from others on their discoveries using Citra Solv with alcohol inks.

Creating New Effects With Citra Solv

 Last year a Citra Solv representative sent me a bottle of Citra Solv encouraging me to try it in my art. I’ve finally gotten around to giving it a go.

Dreamscape No. 537, 5x5, Alcohol Inks, Yupo Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 537, 5×5, Alcohol Inks, Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Having fun and liking the effects using Citra Solv with Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping.

Cathy Taylor has more experience and offers Alcohol Ink and Citra Solv Workshops.

See how Cathy and other artists are using: Citra Solv Artist Site and Citra Solv Artists Gallery.

Alcohol Inks On Glass Tile Observations

Dreamscape No. 533, 4x4, Alcohol Inks, Glass Tile Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 533, 4×4, Alcohol Inks, Glass Tile
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Because of number of inquiries I’ve received from posting Dreamscape No. 533 on Facebook yesterday, decided to respond here.

Supplies Used:

Adirondack Alcohol Inks: Gold & Silver Mixatives, Caramel, Stream

Piñata Alcohol Ink: Blanco

Lowes 4″x 4″ Glass Tile (purchased on clearance at Lowe’s. May not be a normally stocked item. Online search shows same tile in a 3×6.)

Glass tiles are tinted. 1/4" thick with a white backing.

Glass tiles are tinted. 1/4″ thick with a white backing.


1. Transparent alcohol inks turned dark and seemed to disappear on the tinted glass tile. Incorporating Blanco and Mixatives made inks opaque and caused them to stand out.

2. Scraping back to the glass created darks instead of lights as on white ceramic tile. Also gave a sense of depth because of 1/4 tinted transparent glass. Especially visible in lower portion of image below:

Dreamscape No. 534, 4x4, Alcohol Inks, Glass Tile Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 534, 4×4, Alcohol Inks, Glass Tile
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Inks used for No. 534: My favorite triad, plus, Blanco, Silver and Gold.

Still Testing

While I am loving these effects, still working this out! Some of the finished tiles have exhibited ink flaking.

Thanks for your inquires. Have fun. Please comment if you have anything to add from your own experimentation of working with alcohol inks on glass.

Interested in learning more about Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping? Check out my 4 DVDs and book:

Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Guide

Dreamscaping With Izzy

I’ve had the wonderful experience of working with Izzy on her HIgh School Senior Project. We’ve been meeting for two hours every Monday afternoon for the last several weeks.

I’ve admired Izzy’s no fear, confident approach to Dreamscaping.

We’ve discovered  different techniques needed for working on glass tiles.

I’ve loved witnessing Izzy’s joy in getting in touch with her own creativity and talent.

Moonlight Mysteries, 4x4, Alcohol Inks, Yupo © Izzy Carter

Moonlight Mysteries, 4×4, Alcohol Inks, Yupo
© Izzy Carter

We’re nearing the end of our fifteen hours together.

Izzy will be entering her first art show in April.

All the best, Izzy!

Let’s Keep Dreaming :)


Entering Into Lent

I took this photo of Lenten Roses last week at John C. Campbell Folk School.

I would like to say I was reflectively, meandering around with my 35mm Canon seeking and receiving nature’s gifts. Something that has always renewed and restored my spirit at a deep, core level.

But, I wasn’t. I was rushing by, my mind racing ahead of me, already on the next task at hand. It was more of a yearning tug than a low lying blur of magenta that made me stop. I hesitated, debating. Did I have time to look closer? The tug was beseeching, compelling me to turn around and go back. I knelt down and was immediately taken in. This infusing feeling of connection I experience in nature, I’ve missed it so.

The above quick photo taken with my iPhone, attempts to share the experience.

Entering into this season of Lent, I want to stop, turn around and go back.

Spring Line-Up

Encouraged and inspired this morning by my friend, Paula. If you’re like me and needing a little nudge toward the light at the end of the tunnel, click: I’m Eighteen

Paula was the catalyst for me dreaming up Spring this morning with this Spring Line-Up: (L-R) Adirondack Gold, Silver, Wild Plum, Stream, Sunshine Yellow and Citrus.

I was also inspired by something new to try: Yupo Blue. It has a little more tooth than regular yupo. I found it easier to work with. This sample arrived from Norway, courtesy Marianne :)

Thanks to Paula and Marianne for reminding me of light-filled, new, opportunities.

Let’s Keep Dreaming :)