Barb Reid was invited to take part in the MMPP Artist Colony Retreat by her sister and her niece, who also attended this year. After doing crafty painting for five years she started working with alcohol ink three years ago and has revisited it during her time at the retreat.
She works on tiles and non-porous surfaces, using alcohol ink and 90% alcohol. Wetting the brush with the alcohol, she touches the ink and using compressed air or her own breath, she blows the ink around the surface, creating beautiful images. If the ink dries, she simply adds more alcohol. While Reid makes it look so effortless, the other artist’s assured me that is not the case.