I define it as a permanent dye in an alcohol base. It is transparent and one does not need a large amount to create beautiful art! I use Tim Holtz Adirondack Brand. Colors range from bright jewel tone to toned values to pastel. The ink will quickly mix when two colors come together and can be manipulated by tilting, stamping, plastic wrap, or blowing with compressed air for example! It evaporates very quickly so I must work quickly to create the design!
It is best done on a non-porous surface. If the surface is opaque, like tile, it looks best on white (can also be done on other solid colors of tile but not all the colors will work). Designs can also be done on clear glass such as plates, bowls, vases, etc..
I like to paint on functional pieces so the tiles can be used as coasters, the plates and bowls can be used for food, etc.
I also create framed art by painting on Yupo paper, a non-porous plastic paper also used for watercolor.
The designs, for the most part, will be more abstract which I enjoy. I paint scenes but they are a little looser and not photo-realism!
When choosing an item I will need to know the colors you want used and the effect you want. Refer to the color chart to choose. The samples are just that - these are not actual pieces that are for sale - they just represent the technique. It is nearly impossible to replicate a design so each piece is truly one-of-a-kind! For example if you want a set of tiles I can use the same palette and technique but each tile will look different!