Representational Alcohol Ink Painting 101

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Representational Alcohol Ink Painting 101

Learn to paint beautiful representational alcohol ink paintings with this independent, self-paced course. Access to the course is unlimited.

If you love the vibrant colors and unpredictability of alcohol inks but want to add a bit more control, this is the course for you!*

*Note: if you have taken a course from me or purchased any of the demo collections, this is probably not the course for you. Why? You already have this information in a slightly different format.


Here's what we'll cover:

  • Materials

Techniques for Spontaneity

  • Ink Flow
  • Textures

Techniques for Control

  • Lifting
  • Masking
  • Brushwork
  • Your own Painting

Techniques for Spontaneity

Explore the vibrant and unpredictable nature of alcohol inks as you work with Ink and Alcohol Flow. This fun and exciting process is the foundation of all of our representational works!

Work with various tools such as the cotton ball, cotton swab, felt and more, as you add Texture to your still abstract pieces.

Techniques for Control

In this learning phase, we work on very simple designs to practice techniques. While the results may not look like much, they are the foundation for the more complex projects to come later in the course.

Lifting ink with alcohol yields soft images and allows the artist to work with the natural flow of the ink background. There is also a bamboo option for this exercise.

Masking is used to preserve white areas and the underlying drawing. There is also a bamboo option for this exercise.

There are three types of brushwork we practice with the Apple Exercise:

Drop and Guide

Direct (Normal) Painting

Dry Brush

In our final practice piece, we combine lifting and/or masking with brushwork.


After practicing with the small exercises, the course moves into more complete paintings. While artists are encouraged to paint the own original creations, several demonstrations are presented for inspiration and practice if desired.

1. Acadian Forest III

2. Train

3. Colorful Zebra

4. French Fountain

5. Your own painting - before creating your own painting, we'll review the steps of the planning process. What will you create?

Lesson List

Before You Start
Part 1
Ink Painting Philosophy
Ink Flow
Flow Exercise
Tools and Textures
Flow and Textures Exercise
Part 2
Techniques for Control: Lifting and Masking
Lifting Exercises
Masking Exercises
Brushwork and the Apple Exercise
Lifting and Masking plus Brushwork Exercise
Pens and Markers
Part 3
Painting Demonstrations and Practice
Acadian Forest III
Colorful Zebra
The Train
French Fountain
Planning Your Own Painting
Thank You
Thank you!


A free lesson covering the course materials is available through a link in the lesson list above.

Here's a quick list:

  • Alcohol Ink
  • Yupo Paper
  • 91% Alcohol or Blending Solution
  • Lidded Container
  • Eyedropper
  • Welled Palette
  • Small Brush
  • Masking Fluid
  • Gloves
  • Cotton swabs and other texturing tools
  • Fine-tipped pens (black and white)

What Happens When You Sign Up (how to find your class)

When you sign up, this course is added to your account (which you will create when you enroll or watch a free lesson.)

To find your class again, you'll need to login. This is the tough part...the login button is a bit hidden. It is in the top right corner of coursecraft's home page.

If you have any questions, just email me at

Thank you so much!

I hope you'll enjoy this course in representational alcohol ink painting! Happy painting!