How to paint with alcohol ink

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Alcohol ink is a colorful, acid-free medium that’s a blast to paint with. The ink is capable of creating colorful abstract collages or more intricate paintings. There are a variety of different techniques you can use to manipulate the alcohol ink in imaginative ways. If you get the right materials and use your creativity, painting with alcohol ink can be fun and easy.

How to paint with alcohol ink

How to paint with alcohol ink

  • Use 91% isopropyl alcohol if you can’t find or purchase blending solution.
  • You can also use the blending solution to clean any ink that gets on your hands or brushes.

How to paint with alcohol ink

  • Common alcohol ink pictures include flowers, mountains, and landscapes.
  • Apply the blending solution to the paint to see how it interacts with the colors.
  • You can also practice mixing the colors together on your palette.
  • Painting alcohol ink with a brush is a lot like painting with watercolors.

How to paint with alcohol ink

  • You need to apply the blending solution while the paint is still wet.
  • If you don’t like a color you’ve applied, you can also apply a lot of blending solution to the canvas to remove the color while it’s still wet.

How to paint with alcohol ink

  • You can also use this method to lay down an undercoat of color onto your canvas.

How to paint with alcohol ink

  • Use the alcohol blending solution to clean off your felt applicator.

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About This Article

Alcohol ink is a colorful ink which is great for creating vibrant, abstract paintings. In addition to alcohol ink, you’ll need a blending solution or 91 percent isopropyl alcohol, and a canvas like glossy cardstock, gloss paper, glass, or metal. You can draw an outline with a pen or pencil and fill it in with the alcohol ink or paint freehand for a more abstract look. All you need to do is dip your brush in the ink and draw on your canvas. To blend colors together, dip your brush in your blending solution and paint over the painting. Once you’ve finished your painting, leave it in a well-ventilated area for 3 hours to dry. For more tips, including how to create a wavy effect with alcohol ink, read on!

Alcohol ink is an extremely flexible and impressionistic medium. Just as with any art, practice will allow you greater control over the medium and allow you to more strongly define your paintings and patterns, but what you choose to do with theses inks, whether it’s create flowing abstract art or stained-glass-like images, is completely up to you and your own style.

How to paint with alcohol ink

Different Applicators of Alcohol Inks

  • Brushes

The free-flowing quality of alcohol inks allows them to work well with many type of brushes, depending on the textures that you want to achieve. Coarse brushes will add in more texture as the ink dries, giving strong outlines. Softer brushes, on the other hand, will allow more blending, and easier detail painting. It’s best to not use your nicest brushes because the alcohol ink is liable to dye the bristles.

  • Markers

Remember that alcohol inks are essentially the same as the dyes that are inside of most markers. You can use markers to have more control when working with fine details in the top layers of your alcohol ink painting. You can use black markers to draw outlines on top of alcohol ink backgrounds, often allowing a stained-glass effect, or just to clean up the look of an alcohol ink painting with fine details.

  • Droppers

Most bottles of alcohol ink come attached to their own droppers, but it can be helpful to have some disposable droppers on hand for color mixing and experimentation. Dropping colors onto a surface or into another color is one of primary techniques of abstract painting with alcohol inks.

  • Felt Stamps and Brushes

Felt brushes look like stamps that are covered in a layer of absorbent cloth. These stamps often come with replaceable felt pieces which can be switched out depending on color profile and overall messiness. Felt brushes are frequently used to apply alcohol inks to a surface and to and blend alcohol inks to achieve a variety of patterns.

  • Spray Bottles

By putting your alcohol inks in a small spray bottle, you can spray colors directly onto your surface. This is great for when your surface is covered in blending solution, or when you want to spray a color into a still wet background to create more texture.

  • Art Sponges

There are many type of sponges used in the art community, including real and synthetic sea sponges. Using a sponge to apply or blend colors can create interesting and varied texture effects that accent alcohol inks’ free-form aesthetic.

  • Magic Erasers

Alcohol ink artists have also been known to experiment with magic erasers (as in the household cleaning supplies) to work as both a sponge and a brush at the same time. Magic erasers can hold a lot rubbing alcohol and ink at the same time making them versatile tools for painting. These can even replace the more expensive felt stamps and brushes for ink application

Texture Play

Some of the main textures of alcohol ink painting come from the way they dry. As they dry, alcohol inks create a strong, outline right around the edge of a pool of ink. Artists have developed texture techniques to control these edges, such as controlled drying using a hairdryer, flicks of ink off a paintbrush, and rolling plastic straws throughout a general wash to make waves.

Using Rubbing Alcohol

Since alcohol inks use clear alcohol in its dye mixture, it is possible to use rubbing alcohol as a thinner and medium when painting with alcohol inks. If you decide to use rubbing alcohol, make sure that it is 91% or higher so that you can get the most consistent effects. There are three primary uses for rubbing alcohol when painting with alcohol inks:

  • To reactivate dried alcohol inks. Just like you would rewet a watercolor with water, you can rewet alcohol inks with rubbing alcohol. Depending on how well your surface accepts dye, you may not be able to fully remove the color where the ink once was, but it will make it easier to get your inks moving again.
  • To thin out alcohol inks. Alcohol inks are generally very strong dyes, meaning that if you want to create lighter or more transparent washes, you will need to thin out the dye with rubbing alcohol. While many alcohol ink artists will drop the dye directly onto their surface, it can be a good idea to keep a mixing palette nearby with rubbing alcohol on it to thin out colors.
  • To create texture. Rubbing alcohol can be dropped directly onto your painting, sprayed into a blown flower, or misted across the surface of your painting using a spray bottle to create texture. This will give your painting, controlled inconsistency in texture, such as a dappled or bubbled look.

Painting Technique 1: Background with Layering

How to paint with alcohol ink

Begin by applying Blending Solution over the entirety of your surface. This will allow the alcohol inks to flow easily around the surface and mix into each other without harsh outlines upon drying.

Add in your alcohol inks, using colors in the general regions that you want them. Keep in mind that these dyes will most likely mix with each other, creating ombre effects, as well as secondary and tertiary colors. You can pick up and move your surface to blend your inks in a more natural way. Or, use a brush, sponge, or felt stamp to blend the different colors.

Let dry completely, either by air or using the heat from a hairdryer on low setting.

Then, either using brushes or markers, paint or draw outlines in the foreground. Use the upper layers to create detail and dimension.

Painting Technique 2: Blown Flowers

How to paint with alcohol ink

Blown flowers refer to the technique of using alcohol ink on a non-absorbent surface, such as a ceramic tile, aluminum canvas, or yupo paper, to create free-form flower petal shapes with blown air.

Many professionals will use an airbrush to blow out the ink, but it is possible to do this with compressed air (such as keyboard cleaner) or even by manually blowing into a straw.

Begin by dropping ink on your paper and using an air blowing device to push the ink until it takes on a thin and delicate look. Continue developing your flower by adding more ink at the base of where you begin. This can be the same color or a layer of a different color. Blow this color out in the same way, using the direction of the air to manipulate the flower’s shape. You can use a layer of rubbing alcohol to blow into your other layers to give the petals translucency and dimension.

You can keep these flowers abstract or use brushes and painting techniques to give them a stem.

How to paint with alcohol ink

Turn those empty picture frames, glass vases, wine glasses, glass ornaments, and more into display-worthy works of stained glass art in minutes by painting the glass with alcohol ink!

Ever wondered how to paint alcohol ink on glass to make beautiful stained glass artworks?

Alcohol ink looks stunning on almost any non-porous surface, and it looks especially gorgeous on glass! You are essentially creating stained glass with this technique, which even further enhances the vibrance and luster of the inks.

What Do You Need To Paint Alcohol Ink On Glass?

The fantastic news is: this technique could not be more simple! You just need a glass surface like a picture frame with a glass pane, or a vase, and a nice set of alcohol inks! (You may also want some canned air and/or a straw to blow on the inks and move them around a bit as they can dry very fast!)

Step 1: Thoroughly clean the glass surface with a mild detergent to remove any grime, smudges, and oils. Then allow it to completely dry.

Step 2 (optional): This step is optional, but we like to lightly coat the entire glass surface in a layer of clear blending solution to help the inks to blend together and flow beautifully.

Step 3: Squeeze a few drops of alcohol ink onto the prepared glass surface and manipulate it as you like by tipping the glass, blowing on it with a straw, or giving it some targeted blasts of canned air.

Step 4: Allow to dry, and you are done! (You may also want to consider protecting your new work of art with a sealer, but that’s for a different article. )

How to paint with alcohol ink

Techniques For Painting Alcohol Ink On Glass:

Multiple Panes: If you are painting on glass panes, consider using multiple panes to create a stunning 3D layered effect. As the light shines through the multiple panes and the colors layer over each other, the effects can be truly dramatic!

Live, Laugh, Love: Consider flipping over one pane (to protect the art) and applying a vinyl saying to the glass to add even more spice to your project.

White Backing: Alcohol inks on glass really pop when they have a white backing, so if you are working on a picture frame, consider putting a bright white surface behind it.

Let There Be Light: You are essentially creating stained glass with these techniques, and nothing looks more beautiful than sunshine light shining through a stained glass window. So make sure you place these works of art in areas that get plenty of bright light to truly enjoy their luster. To create a truly magical effect, fill a glass vase with fairy lights! (Please note: sunlight can make any pigmented ink fade, so it is best to keep your artworks out of direct sunlight)

Fired Glass: Some artists like to light their artworks on fire, literally. After laying down their inks, while still wet, they will use a lighter to burn off the excess alcohol and create fired glass effects. However, if you do this. please be sure all the proper fire-safety precautions are taken and nothing flammable is anywhere near where you will be working. We do not recommend this technique if you are not experienced at using it.

Mask It: Masking fluid can be your friend when painting on glass and it works fantastically. Use the masking fluid to create negative space shapes and effects where the ink will not stick. When finished layering on your beautiful colors, remove the dried masking fluid to see the full effect!

A Little Goes A Long Way: T-Rex alcohol inks look amazing on glass. Their heavily pigmented vibrance makes for gorgeous works of art, and just a few drops goes a long way!

If At First You Don’t Succeed: No worries! Just use some isopropyl alcohol, alcohol wipes, or clear blending solution to clean off the glass and start over! The ink won’t absorb in since it is non-porous, and it will be as good as new in no time.

The Last Word

Painting alcohol ink on glass is a blast and a fantastic project for all levels of artists. The whole process could not be more simple. Try this technique on floating picture frames, ornaments, glass beads and pendants, glass vases, the outside of glasses, and more! Have other tips? Let us know in the comments!

How to paint with alcohol ink

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How to paint with alcohol ink

So far in our alcohol ink substrate series, we have covered painting alcohol ink on glass, and what kind of paper to use with alcohol ink. Both of these substrates work fantastically with the medium.

Glass is a blast to paint on, but you are often limited in size to what you can reasonably get out of a picture frame. Yupo paper is by far the nicest surface to paint alcohol ink on. However, it is thin and needs to be mounted to something stiff for display purposes, or attached in a picture frame with a matte board, etc.

If you are running into these issues, you may appreciate painting your alcohol inks on a canvas! Not only can you get canvases in many different sizes, but you can also get them in different depths too! Additionally, they are easily hung on walls for displaying your beautiful works of art.

Painting alcohol ink on canvas has many advantages, but a little more prep is needed than other surfaces. Read on for some tips, techniques, and advice for creating alcohol ink art on canvas.

How Do You Paint Alcohol Ink On Canvas?

How to paint with alcohol ink

Step 1: Apply Killz2 Latex Primer. Before you can begin your masterpiece you need to prime the canvas to make it non-porous or else the ink will just bleed through which most of us don’t like. The internet is a big fan of Kilz2 Latex Primer for canvas prepping. It is fast-drying, water-based, multi-purpose, readily found, relatively inexpensive, and it seals the surface of most canvases beautifully so that they will not absorb the ink or allow it to seep through.

Step 2: Wait. Apply a good single coat to the top and sides of the canvas, making sure you don’t see any of the little holes or cotton weave texture any longer. Then allow around 45 minutes for it to fully dry before you begin applying inks. Usually, only one coat is needed, but do use your good judgment here. You want to ensure it is completely dry before applying any alcohol inks or you could end up bleeding through the canvas.

Step 3: Paint! Painting on canvas with alcohol inks is a different experience than painting on other surfaces. Canvas allows for more control and finer details in your artworks since the inks flow around a bit less, and you can create some absolutely beautiful artworks on this classic substrate!

Tips for Painting Alcohol Ink On Canvas

How to paint with alcohol ink

Foam Brushes > Paintbrushes: When applying the primer, your goal is to coat the top and sides with as smooth a layer as you can. To avoid the appearance of brush strokes many like to use a large foam brush instead of a paintbrush. These disposable foam brushes are readily available at most art supply and hardware stores as well as online in bulk and are surprisingly handy to have around!

Sand It: Sometimes even foam brushes leave ridges and brush strokes which may or may not be desirable as most of us prefer a perfectly smooth surface. For an even smoother surface you can always lightly sand the primer with a very fine grit sand paper. However, be sure you clean off all the dust or it will muddy your inks, and don’t sand too hard or you will take the primer right off the canvas and be back to square one!

Black & White: Killz2 Primer comes in white AND clear. Clear primer is perfect for priming black canvases which are a lot of fun to work on and make your ink art REALLY pop!

Keep It Elevated: Placing the canvas on risers while priming and painting is very helpful. It allows any excess alcohol ink to drip off the canvas rather than pooling underneath and staining the backside, potentially bleeding back up into your painting.

Level The Surface: Leveling your canvas is also very beneficial for maintaining control of the inks, or else they will just flow to one side and drip off. You can always use a few paper towels or other thin material to prop up the side that is low.

Double Up: Even though Killz2 and other primers seal the surface of the canvas, it still absorbs more ink than say glass or Yupo paper. So plan on working quickly and doubling up the amount of ink and fluids you plan on using. You will appreciate having them readily on hand rather than having to hunt them down when the crunch is on.

What If I Don’t Have Killz2. : If you don’t have Kill2 latex primer available where you live, there are other options. Many have had good success with other latex-based house paint primers. Gel mediums or gesso may also work as they too coat the surface to make it non-porous. But be sure to test test test before beginning a serious piece as every brand is different and some might react or lift when you apply the ink.

Do you have any other tips for painting alcohol ink on canvas? What do you use to seal your canvases? Let us know in the comments!

Alcohol inks are brightly colored dye-based paints that are most often used in creating free flowing textures. They can be used alone in mixed media projects such as printing and stamping, jewelry making, fabric dying, and brightening up household objects.

Many markers contain dye-based alcohol inks, so the tones and colors might be familiar to you after using markers. However, alcohol inks are more widely applicable than markers, as they can be used to cover a wide range of surfaces besides paper products, and some people even use them to dye clay when working with pottery or clay based sculpture.

In this post, we’re going to outline some of the stellar surfaces that your alcohol inks will work on, along with a few applications for each of those projects.

1. Fabric

How to paint with alcohol ink

If you’ve ever tie-dyed, then you’re already have some experience when it comes to using ink to dye fabrics. Alcohol inks work similarly. A very concentrated use of alcohol ink will make intense colors like those used in tie-dying, but diluting the ink will give you much more subdued coloring.

If you’re already comfortable with your fabric dying skills, you can try dying silk to create fabrics and scarves with an ethereal look.

Alcohol inks also give you a lot of control over the dying process, so that you can make patterns, using ink spray bottles and stencils, and develop similar abstract designs to what you can do on paper. It’s also possible to use alcohol inks to paint on fabrics as if using watercolors on paper.

Alcohol inks are being used to dye fabrics of all kinds from cloth shoes to pillows and bedsheets. Use this method to make cloth scarves, tablecloths, and even sewing fabric.

2. Metal

How to paint with alcohol ink

Metal is a favorite surface among artist for creating gallery-worthy alcohol ink art. Any easy way to begin with painting on metal is to find aluminum canvases that can be purchased from arts and craft stores. And it doesn’t stop with aluminum. Artists are also using these durable inks to paint on stainless steel, brass, and copper as well.

Alcohol ink on metal has its crafty side as well. Many jewelers and hobbyists have taken to using it to dye metal jewelry, including pendants, bracelets, and earrings. For those who are just starting to play around with alcohol inks and jewelry-making there is a lot of low-stakes, inexpensive craft being down with hardware supplies, such as washers to make necklace pendants.

Other metal and alcohol ink projects include metal tumblers, thermoses, and tea kettles.

3. Claybord and Ceramics

How to paint with alcohol ink

Claybord is a fine arts canvas made from artist grade hardboard that is then coated in ground clay. It’s extremely useful for creating full compositions with alcohol ink. Because claybord is smooth and absorbent, it does not smudge, bleed, or feather as easily as canvas and paper surfaces. It is perfect for meditative painting to let the ink colors retain their saturation while still shining.

Ceramics, including tiles, vases, and other shapes, are excellent surfaces for painting both abstractly and to create representational shapes. Ceramic tiles make great coasters, or can be used around the house as artwork.

4. Yupo Paper

How to paint with alcohol ink

Yupo paper is a synthetic, water-resistant watercolor paper that responds well to dyes. This paper allows your ink paintings to keep their bright colors and crisp edges.

Trying it out on paper is one of the best ways of experimenting with the blending and flowing that alcohol inks can do. Play around with reabsorbing ink, using sponges and droppers to add texture, scraping techniques, try spraying alcohol onto the wet Yupo.

Yupo paper is great for mixed media. For example, some people will use alcohol inks to create background effects for stamping or cardmaking. You can also try painting with alcohol inks to create a background, and then once it’s dry, sketching in the foreground to make defined shapes. Keep in mind that this paper is essentially plastic, so your dyes will not absorb into it. The only way that your piece will dry is through evaporation.

Try making greeting cards, signs, backgrounds for letter art, and individual paintings and artwork on Yupo paper.

5.Glass

How to paint with alcohol ink

Glass is an excellent surface for alcohol inks, because it allows the dyes to move and flow freely for creative blending and mixing. Alcohol ink dyed glass creates a stained-glass-like finish that makes for gorgeous lighting when hung in windows.

There are two main ways to seal alcohol inks to a glass surface. 1) Once the finished piece has dried completely, spray it with a glass fixative or clear glass glaze. 2) Before the piece has dried completely, use fire to burn off the alcohol and stabilize the dyes for a full stained glass effect.

This is a great technique for creating glass panels for light to show through, candle holders, as well as the outside of mugs and wine glasses.

Every surface on which you paint with alcohol inks will give you a different tone and feel. It’s not just the project that dictates the canvas, it’s also you and your personal style. Experiment with different surfaces to find your favorite, and drop us a line about what works for you!

Alcohol Ink is an exciting medium and offers an opportunity for artists of all levels to create wonderful, vivid art. Be sure to j oin our community for access to exclusive tips, tools, resources and lessons!

How to Paint with Alcohol Ink

How to paint with alcohol ink

Alcohol ink is a vibrant and breathtaking art medium that is growing in popularity in the art world! No other medium provides the fluid and flow than alcohol ink. WARNING: Once you’ve had a chance to work with alcohol ink, you will be hooked. It’s an addictive medium that offers something for artists of all levels. Learning alcohol ink painting techniques is fun and you will grow as an artist the more you put into learning to “go with the flow” of the inks, as well as how to manipulate the medium to create highly representational works of art!

We also offer several resources for learning to Paint with Alcohol Ink.

  1. Join the FREE Alcohol Ink Art Community here for great “getting started” resources for those just getting started with alcohol ink!
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  6. Check out our Alcohol Ink Art Community Contributorspages. These amazing and talented artists are also instructors and teach classes, both within the community and on their respective websites. Check them out!

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How to paint with alcohol ink

Controlling Alcohol Ink to Create Realistic Art

You are invited to join Sheryl Williams for a live discussion on ways to control alcohol ink for realistic painting. The discussion will take place live on our YouTube channel and is free of charge. You will be able to ask questions in the chat in our Q&A.

How to paint with alcohol ink

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with Sharen AK Harris Supply list for those who may want to paint along: * Tim Holtz Palette (or a something to mix your inks on. like maybe a tile) * Craft Sheet or other surface to work on * Napkin or Paper Towel * Round brush #5 or #6 * Inks: Glacier.

How to paint with alcohol ink

How to Sketch on Yupo – Alcohol Ink Hummingbird Painting

This video demonstration by Sandy Sandy demonstrates how to sketch a hummingbird on YUPO Paper, then paint it with alcohol ink. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel here! Download supply list here. Learn more about Sandy Sandy and check out her online classes and.

How to Paint Turtle in Alcohol Ink (FULL VERSION)

Join Teri Jones, alcohol ink artist and instructor as she demonstrates how to paint a sea turtle with alcohol ink on Grafix Duralar. Follow Teri on Facebook

How to paint with alcohol ink

How to Paint Turtle in Alcohol Ink

Join alcohol ink artist and instructor, Teri Jones in the Turtle painting demonstration.  For members of the Alcohol Ink Art Society, Teri has provided the full-length demonstration as a resource. Log in to the Society to watch the full version. Follow Teri on.

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Spooky Graveyard Alcohol Ink Painting

Watch this demonstration by alcohol Ink artist, Teresa Brown on painting a spooky graveyard scene with alcohol ink on Dura Bright papers from Grafix. See Teresa Brown’s profile and connect with her on Social Media.

How to paint with alcohol ink

If you are like me, one of the greatest benefits of working with gourds, is realizing you can look at a single gourd, and imagine countless projects you can do with it. Wood burning, carving, weaving, and of course painting to name a few. Of course most of us are familiar in using acrylics and oil based paints – but if you are looking to break out of the routine of set lines and patterns – alcohol based paints may be for you. This guide will provide a list of supplies so you can start using alcohol inks for gourds. These inks allow you to let the art take shape, and instead of being bound by set patterns and lines – you’ll find that you are merely a passenger as the art goes in the direction it sees fit.

If you need those lines and guidelines – alcohol paints may not be for you, but if you are willing to take a risk and let the product have somewhat of a life of its own – take a look at what it takes to get started in working with alcohol based inks.

What is Alcohol Ink?

How to paint with alcohol ink

So just what is the new or unexplored ink/paint that I’ve been alluding to, and just what makes it different? Well to start off alcohol inks are dye based, vibrant pigments that can be used on non-porous surfaces like plastics, glass, ceramic, gloss papers and of course gourds. Another fascinating feature is that once the ink is applied, the alcohol evaporates, leaving the dye behind. However, one extremely unique feature is that once alcohol ink dries, it can be re-constituited with rubbing alcohol (91% Isopropyl Alcohol), allowing for one of a kind effects that cannot be achieved with more traditional products such as acrylic paint. Alcohol ink is waterproof, adding to its durable properties.

Creating with alcohol inks is a fun, freeing, and an energizing method of artistic expression! The vibrant hues, and ever wide range of techniques, allows the artist to make fascinating effects, patterns, and as well as beautiful unexpected outcomes . The inks train individuals to “let the process happen” and let go of their tight-fisted control on their craft and on life.

What Can You Expect

Alcohol inks at first may test your patience. It is not designed to be used as paint by number – the inks are free flowing and often take on a life of their own. Check out this video to get just a sample of how they work. There are also more videos as the end of this post that my help you get an idea of just what to expect when working with these inks.

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How to paint with alcohol ink

How to paint with alcohol ink

For those of you with your long term memory still intact, there may be a flicker of recognition if I show you thisA work that grew out of a sketch where I got quite brave and began to experiment with acrylic paints over alcohol inks. I began by trying to manipulate the sky and eventually found my way forward enough to pronounce myself satisfied – or at least to the ‘let’s quit while I’m ahead’ stage.

The work progressed slowly because I had no idea what the result of mixing the two medias of ink and paint would be. I had to give it all time to dry and cure before I went further. It seems to be all okay – but the unknown is how long it will last. It may scratch, the paper pieced pieces may lift – does glue work okay long term on alcohol based inks? The inks themselves are given to fading in strong light and they make up the sky and the crone. So many questions and so few answers! Anyway, it’s been sent off as a surprise gift and time will tell if it was a gift worth giving or a sow’s ear dressed up as a silk purse …… 🙂

How to paint with alcohol ink

Still, here it is photographed on a white tray which apparently reflects the colours quite well who knew!!Something apart from the woolly kind of creations finally got finished. There’s hope – there’s always hope 🙂