Alcohol Ink Experiments – Freezing a Layer using Krylon Kamar and Kielty Layering Solution

Gorgeous Alcohol Ink Landscapes

I took a class with Lian Quan Zhen in watercolor to pour color and then add layers on top.  I figured out a way to do this by “freezing” the poured layer by using Krylon Kamar. This is the technique we use in the Electric Elephants class.

Recently I heard about a new product called Kielty Layering Solution from Kielty Inks in Ireland. I had to test it out. There are lots of advantages to using something you can apply with a brush any time of the year, indoors, in a specific place on your painting.  The Kamar works fine but I’d love to use this technique in the winter time too.  So I ordered the Kielty and this video is my experiment and the results.


January 25, 2019

8 responses on "Alcohol Ink Experiments - Freezing a Layer using Krylon Kamar and Kielty Layering Solution"

  1. Thanks Sheryl. I have just received my layering solution so this was a timely, informational video for me. Keilty Inks have a stockist here in Australia now – so exciting times.
    I wonder – would the layering solution be useful to ‘seal’ pictures? Obviously not UV protective but for the first coat to stop ink movement.

    • HI Saira,

      I really don’t know if the layering solution from Kelity can be used as a replacement for Kamar. It will work to “seal” a layer and then you can paint on top of it.
      I hope that helps.

  2. Susan, that is good to know especially because it’s a brush-on. I’ll order some now. I think that’s the advantage of the Kielty but if we can do the same thing with another product, I’m all for it. Thanks so much. I guess “freezing” became a thing for me because of how we paint the Electric Elephant class. Thanks again.

  3. In painting on tiles, I’ve used MSA Golden Hard Topcoat (brush-on) to freeze an alcohol ink background in order to use ink to paint leaves on trees to keep the leaves from bleeding into the background inks. I also use it to create more depth in a landscape; i.e. to keep foreground hills from blending into background hills/ mountains. I didn’t realize that “freezing” was a thing. I have to let the varnish dry a few hours before painting over it, though.

  4. it looks like hobby lobby and dickblick carry the inks.

  5. I don’t think it’s a weird idea at all but it’s too cold here now to test it. Let me know if you try it. It would be easier than getting a product from Ireland. There will still be the smell. Now I want to try to test it out.

  6. I’m wondering if one could spray some Kamar into a cup and use that with a brush. Weird idea or possible?

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