Thursday and Friday
August 9th & 10th
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Discover the colorful and magical world of alcohol inks. In this workshop you will learn how to create both abstract and realistic pieces with this unique and versatile medium. It will be two days of fun as we explore all the wonders that alcohol ink can do to transform the ordinary into extraordinary. You will have lots of finished work and a plethora of new ideas. This workshop is for all levels.
There are two main brands, and they are both wonderful.
Jim Holtz Ranger Adirondack inks come individually & in 3-packs – Get five or six colors that you like (the more the merrier). They sell a limited variety locally at Michaels.
Jacquard Pinata alcohol inks: This brand has a variety of vibrant colors. They are sold both individually and in two different “exciter packs” with nine inks. If you’re going to buy the pack, get the one that includes the “rich gold” (it’s fabulous!). And be careful… Jacquard also makes a “Lumiere” pack that looks very similar to alcohol ink, but it is not.
Jo-ann.com has good prices on the inks.
For this workshop, we will only be using ALCOHOL INKS. Acrylic inks will not work.
Comes in pads of 5 x 7, 9 x 12 and 11 x 14 pads. I recommend the white (as opposed to translucent). The 74 pound paper is fine. There is no need for heavyweight paper, although it works just as well, it’s just pricier. We’ll be creating a lot of pieces, so best to go with one of the larger sizes. You can always cut into halves or fourths.
Jerrysartarama.com has good prices on Yupo paper.
Bring at least four glossy white 4″ x 4″ tiles – sold at either Home Depot or Lowes (usually about 15-20 cents each). Get more if you like, or different sizes, as long as they’re glossy. Ink works great on tiles.
At least 16oz BOTTLE OF 91% ISOPROPYL RUBBING ALCOHOL *the lower percentage does not work as well
FREEZER PAPER – one box
The rest of the items you may already have at home or could be purchased at the dollar store:
Small spray bottle
Gloves (if you don’t want to get your hands dirty)
Apron or painting clothes
A few small paintbrushes (inexpensive!)
Stencils (optional) bring some of your favorites if you like – I will be sharing mine.
Jill Lindsay is an international award winning artist specializing in alcohol inks. Jill was born and raised just outside of Boston and currently lives in Southwest Florida. Most recently, she was the featured artist at the 2018 Peace River National Art Festival, a juried fine art show in Punta Gorda, Florida. Jill is an eclectic artist who has worked with a variety of mediums, but when she dropped her first alcohol ink over two years ago, it was love at first sight. And like the alcohol inks, Jill is a colorful character filled with joy and surprises. She has taught many alcohol ink workshops and her students always walk away with smiles and lots of beautiful artwork. You can view her work at jilltheartist.com for a better look at her alcohol ink creations.