Representational Alcohol Ink Painting 101 with Mentorship

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Representational Alcohol Ink Painting 101 with Mentorship

Learn to paint beautiful representational alcohol ink paintings with this personal, interactive course.

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!

What is the difference between the independent version and this version with mentorship?

While the course material is identical, the mentorship version offers the opportunity to ask me questions and receive feedback on your projects. There are lots of questions for you as well, so that I may offer suggestions to help you achieve your artistic goals.

Is this a group class? Will other people see my paintings?

No. This is a one-on-one mentorship class, and a chance to work privately with me on your alcohol ink painting.

What tools do you use to communicate?

All of the communication is done through the forms in the CourseCraft lessons. I am able to ask you questions, include space for you to ask me questions, and have spots for you to upload images for me to look at. When you submit your "forms", I receive notifications. I can then comment directly back to you in the same form.

How long will it take for you to comment back

I'll try to comment within 24 hours Monday through Friday, but there may be times when I am travelling and away from the internet...I'll do my best to stay in touch in a timely manner.

If I sign up now, how long do I have to complete the course?

While you'll have unlimited access to the class material, it would be great to complete to feedback portion in 3 months (but I'm flexible).

What type of feedback do you give on paintings?

I am not a critiquer - I believe in positive feedback. For this course, we are working largely on techniques - so most of the feedback will be about where in a painting the technique was most successful - what is working well. If artists have specific questions, I do answer them, but for the most part, expect supportive, encouraging comments from me. 

Will you offer a discounted bundle with Course 102?

Yes, most likely 20% off - so the cost for both would likely be $150 x 80% = $120, with 6 months to complete both. 


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!


While the course discusses materials in depth, 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!