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Alcohol inks on 8″ x 8″ x 1″ cradled wooden board. Will be on exhibit and for sale at the W.A.S.H. (Wine and Art Show in the Hood) at Sophy Sam Gallery in Dallas – December 8th.

Alcohol inks on cradled wooden board - by Monica Moody


  1. Hello – Your inks on wood look superb. Did you apply the inks directly on to the wood, or did you adhere yupo paper to wood?
    Thank you

    • Thank you so much! This particular piece was painted on a cradled wooden board that was pre-primed with gesso. I did several pieces on these cradled wooden boards that I bought from Michaels, but unfortunately, they discontinued them. 🙁 The surface is very much like Gessobord or Claybord (which also work well for alcohol inks) – the only difference was that these boards were cradled (so, thick like a gallery-wrapped canvas, and more like a “box” than a board.)

      I have done a few pieces on Yupo mounted to wood as well, and I recommend mounting to wood BEFORE painting. LOL I learned this the hard way. Also it’s best to use a piece of Yupo that’s slightly larger than the wood.

      I applied 3M Super 90 Adhesive Spray to wood (have used both MDF and plywood), put the Yupo on top of that, smoothed out with hands and a brayer…then let it dry for a while. Flip it over and use a straight edge/ruler and X-acto knife to trim the Yupo down to the edges of the wood.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

      • Thank you for your information re: inks on wood art panel and how to adhere YUPO to wood. Your tip about adhering the YUPO paper to the wood before working on it is particularly helpful as I never thought to do so. I live in Leeds, Yorkshire, England and came across your website. With regards to ‘Inks’ have you tried the DR PH. Martin’s brand of inks? I have tried the PINATA inks which I found to be difficult to control, and I would think all inks can be difficult to control. Thank you for your most helpful comments.

        • Thanks again, William! And hello from across the pond. 🙂

          I have not yet tried Dr. PH Martin’s inks. I have been experimenting with their “Hydrus” liquid watercolors though, and I absolutely love them!

          I have one set of Piñata inks and have used them on occasion. I really like the richness of a few of the Piñata colors, but they seem to have a thicker viscosity than the Ranger Adirondack inks that I use predominantly. I don’t know that any liquid inks are easy to control on Yupo (or other non-porous substrates), to be honest. This can be frustrating, but it’s also what I find so fascinating about using them, as it is often fun to let the inks just “do what they will”.

  2. First of all, your art is lovely! I love this one in particular. I’ve had some success with inks on watered down soft bodied acrylics. If I gesso a wood board or canvas, then add a thick layer of the fluid acrylic (I spread on the board like icing on a cake) then use my inks. I get a good color that sticks without disappearing or bleeding overnight. I hope that makes sense. There is a Waverly brand of liquid acrylics that works really well and is priced right 🙂 I use ranger inks or Daler Rowney FW inks. I finish with gloss varnish. I love letting the inks “do what they will.” It IS the fun part! #nuancedearthart is my IG 🙂

  3. Hi. Have you successfully applied resin to your completed alcohol inks on wood?


    • I don’t use alcohol inks on wood and haven’t done much of anything with resin. I do see lots of people using resin over alcohol inks on metal and ceramic tiles. My work on wood is usually pyrography (burning) and/or watercolor. I finish wood pieces with Polycrylic or acrylic varnish.

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