Adding a personalized pop of color to your kitchen fridge or office organizer is easy with these mini canvas magnets. When I found the canvases at my local craft supply store, I knew immediately that they would look fabulous painted with alcohol inks.
These mini paintings would also make great gifts for the upcoming holidays or office parties.
That’s why today I’m going to show you in my video tutorial how to prep the canvases for alcohol ink and two of my favorite alcohol ink techniques.
- Magnetized Fridge Magnets, find them here, here or here
- Alcohol Inks (find my favorite alcohol inks here)
- 91% Isopropyl Alcohol
- Liquitex Gloss Acrylic Medium and Varnish
- Aquash Refillable Water Brushes
- Jacquard Pinata Mixative Brass
- Liquitex White Gesso
- Stainless Steel Straws
- Micro Applicator Brushes
- Blue Shop Towels
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Paint Canvas Magnets Instructions
1. Prep Work
To start the project, seal the canvas magnets with several thin coats of Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish. This is important because Alcohol Inks work best on non-porous surfaces. Several coats of varnish transform the porous canvas into a non-porous substrate.
If you check the video, you'll see that I also varnished the sides of the canvas magnets. I found out the hard way, that the adhesive that connects canvas and magnet dissolves, if it comes in touch with too much alcohol.
Between the thin coats of varnish, allow to dry around an hour to ensure that it's dried completely.
Optional step: I really love a super white, crisp surface. That's why I used two coats of white Gesso after finishing the varnish surface preparations.
2. Painting with Alcohol Inks
In the How-To Video I am showing you two of my favorite techniques. In the first demo I use refillable Aquash brushes and work wet-in-wet with two different alcohol ink colors: Ranger Pool and Brea Reese Slate.
At the end (blink it or you miss it) I also add Pinata Brass mixative for added interest and that special sparkle.
The second demo shows a wispy watercolor technique. The square magnet was painted with Ranger Pool and Ranger Limeade. The only tool that I use for this technique is a straw (I use a stainless steel straw out of environmental concern, but or other materials are working just as well) and a micro brush.
3. Sealing your Alcohol Ink Art
Missing something? If you ever worked with alcohol inks before, than you know that this video tutorial doesn't include the very important step of sealing the alcohol ink paintings after the ink dried overnight.
This is necessary to ensure light-fastness and protect the inks from scratches or blotching. I've created already a detailed blog post about how to seal alcohol inks, please follow this link if you want to learn all about it.
This was such a fun and quick afternoon project! I am usually not working on such a small scale, so that was a bit of a learning curve. But I'm very please with the outcome and plan already to create more alcohol ink magnets to use as teacher appreciation gifts and for the upcoming holidays.
I hope this video and how-to-tutorial was helpful. If you have comments or questions, please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.
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