A Year of Alcohol Inks

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Thanks so much and happy painting!

Please join me for a magical year of inspiration and painting - 52+ weeks of alcohol ink painting projects to inspire!

Registration is now open! Read all about the courses and view the Free Sample Videos! There are two options for A Year of Alcohol Inks

Small Group Course:

One-to-One Mentoring:

Why a Year of Alcohol Inks?

When I first started teaching representational alcohol inks many years ago, the most wonderful aspect was sharing the joy of the inks with my students. As I taught a number of courses, we’d be together online for many months if not years. Over time, my students became my friends, and many of them are teachers of alcohol inks today.

Having taken time off from interactive teaching, I realize how much I miss being an active part of the artistic lives of my students/friends. I also believe that the small group is the best way to learn alcohol inks – a nurturing community, the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback, and a steady source of painting inspiration by way of projects and videos can stoke creativity and bring out your artistic best!

Sample videos of the Swan (above) and the White Hydrangea (at right) are available at the bottom of the page.

How the course works

We’ll be painting with alcohol inks on Yupo. The course will begin with a Technical Prelude - a few weeks practicing my fundamental techniques for representational painting. I’ll tailor the projects to your level – either a review for experienced painters or an in depth learning experience for new alcohol ink artists. Then we’ll switch to weekly painting projects and themes – these will include all of the projects in my new book 20 Projects for Alcohol Inks plus over 70 brand new demonstration videos - narrated and a little longer (about 15 to 20 minutes). 

Bonus: Jump Start

While our class officially starts in January, I've added an optional section of selected technique lessons that you can access right away (just click on this free add-on when you purchase the course). My thought is that there may be a few artists new to alcohol inks who would like a head start on the techniques. Of course, anyone interested is welcome! The lessons are self-directed, but I'm happy to answer questions or look at work via email.

Two Options

Facebook Group

The group will meet in a small secret Facebook group with 5 to 20 members. Here, you are welcome to post your paintings and ask questions as they arise. I’ll do my best to offer feedback daily. I'll add you to your group in January, just before class officially starts.

Of course, I expect that there will be times that you are busy too – while new lessons will be released every Monday, there’s no need to stress – if a few weeks fly by with no time to paint, just participate as you are able. You’ll have unlimited access to the CourseCraft materials. Link to the Small Group Option:

One-to-One Mentorship Option

For those preferring a one-on-one mentorship experience, I’d be happy to view your paintings and offer feedback via email or through the CourseCraft forms. Link to One-to-One Mentorship Option:

Course Offerings

This course will be offered with start dates throughout the year:

  • September 2018 - currently in session
  • January 2019 - registration opens December 1st
  • April 2019
  • July 2019

More Sample Paintings and Projects

The Technical Prelude covers my basic techniques for spontaneity and control:

  • Ink Flow
  • Textures
  • Lifting
  • Brushwork
  • Masking

Selected projects at right:

A Year of Alcohol Inks

Just a few of the 52 weeks of inspiration - 104 demonstration paintings in all!

Sample Videos

White Hydrangea

The Swan

A Year of Alcohol Inks –  Course Highlights

  • Small Facebook group (5 to 20 participants) or Individual Mentoring
  • Year-long experience – New lessons released on Mondays. Each week features two demonstration paintings/videos along the weekly theme.
  • Bonus three weeks at the beginning dedicated to foundational alcohol ink painting techniques (perfect for Beginners or review)
  • Includes the 20 projects featured in the 20 Projects for Alcohol Inks book due out in November plus much more!
  • 70+ new painting demonstration videos - longer and narrated!
  • Opportunity to work on your own paintings with guidance
  • Feedback and questions
  • Daily response (if possible)
  • Unlimited access to course material on CourseCraft
  • Understanding that lives are busy – no pressure to paint every week – ok to catch up on your own schedule
  • $250 for the year (option to pay over 4 months)

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! You'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. For this course, new lessons will become available every Monday!

What level of painting experience is required for this course?

All are welcome, from Beginner to Experienced. We'll spend the first few weeks going over the fundamental techniques I use for creating spontaneous yet controlled alcohol ink paintings. I'll make sure there is a range of projects for all!

How does the small group meet?

We'll meet in a small facebook group. After enrollment, I'll contact you about joining the group.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.