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I prefer vodka too :0) --The alcohol evaporates really quickly, just leaving the color. Lemon extract (not juice) has enough alcohol in it to dry quickly also, if you are opposed to using vodka. If you used water, or nothing at all, your colors would take a long time to dry, and wouldn't be a good consistency for painting.
Mixing coloring gels with a little bit of vodka gives you a paint, much like watercolors. I like watercolors and so I use this method a lot.
However, if you want bolder colors, you can also paint with petal dust or luster dust. I sometimes mix my colors on a plate, but prefer using a little plastic artist's palette...just because the wells keep everything in their place. With the dusts, it just takes a tiny bit of vodka to give you a nice "paint" consistency.
Posted Sep 1 2011 4:35 am #