Bridget Pagels

Name: Bridget Pagels — Owner & Artist of BridgetByDesign

From: Chicago, IL, USA

Instagram: @BridgetByDesign
Twitter: @BridgetXDesign

When did you first start drawing/experimenting with inks/ crafting? Fall 2018, while in graduate school, as a way to relieve the stress of schooling and working full time. Over the last 2 years, I’ve grown to love and appreciate all things abstract, so I was inspired to create more fluid art and try new mediums.

What made you start? After doing fluid acrylic paint pouring and resin art, and seeing lots of cool art tutorial videos on social media, I decided to give alcohol inks a try! I took a local class while living in Austin, TX to learn the basics about the medium, and ended up falling in love with it. I especially enjoy using alcohol inks on claybord to create abstract compositions and seeing how they “dance” while mixing in the resin.

Are you a full-time artist or is this a hobby that you love to do? I am corporate by day, and an artist by night. Art is my forever passion, so as long as I’m creating in my free time, I’m happy.

What inspires your art? Primarily pop culture, fashion, film, and nature. I am also emotionally responsive to color, so fluid art allows me to navigate through the composition with colors.

What’s your top tip for alcohol inks? Know that sometimes less is more.

What is your favourite Spectrum Noir product? The alcohol ink marker refills — there are over 200 different shades, which is a variety that most other brands don’t have. BP5 is my favorite Bright Pink color!

Which Spectember theme/prompt have you chosen and why? 9. Night Sky – The natural night sky gives us some of the best color palettes ever, and I want to show that off in alcohol ink form
12. Ink it Up – I chose this prompt to showcase having fun with alcohol inks and exhibit what you can really do with them
15. Mix up your Media – I wanted to incorporate both my love of fluid art and drawing together to show that both freeform art and precision can compliment each other

When did you start working on the Spectrum Noir design team? Spring 2019, and I’ve loved every minute of it! I’ve been able to connect with fellow artists around the world, work with new mediums, and share my art on a broader scale-- it’s been an amazing experience for me.