I thought I'd try a landscape with my alcohol inks this weekend.
I started out with a piece of 200gsm Yupo, about 5"x5". I gave it a wash of blending solution and then drizzled my colours across the paper, tipping it to help the inks move.
Honestly, I got in a right mess, adding more ink, more blending solution whilst mumbling lots of 'Grrrrrs' under my breath as the idea in my head failed to appear.
I decided to use my TH blending tool to splodge some colours and blending solution about, desperately trying to create the vision in my head. The mess grew, as did the 'Grrrrrs' under my breath and then, as is often the case with these magical inks, something appeared. The felt fibres from my blending tool, that had annoyingly stuck to my ink, suddenly looked like twigs.
The vision in my head had gone, the inks had taken control and given me this instead. As I said before, don't be too hasty to give up with alcohol inks if it all looks like a hideous mess. Sometimes it really is worth walking away, sitting back or revisiting another day.