I have really been enjoying working with acrylic inks to stain my canvases lately as a small amount goes a long way and the colours are so vibrant. They are quite moist and do take longer to dry and set than acrylic paints but I do like how the colours layer and bleed. In combination with Liquitex acrylic spray paint and heavy body paints I find the different textures add so much interest to the finished paintings. Occasionally I also use paint pens but more often in smaller pieces. With the ink as a base, the texture of the canvas is visible and I sometimes wonder if that is so important to me because I sewed before I painted, expecting to have a career in fashion design rather than as a painter. I also didn't have any confidence in my colour usage as most of my prior experience was in pencil drawing. But I am glad that my life ended up this way...thanks to painting classes as Red Deer College.