Alcohol Inks: Basics & Beyond

Alcohol Inks: Basics & Beyond with Teri Jones

Take advantage of the unique qualities of alcohol inks on non-porous surfaces and create exciting abstracts and realistic paintings on paper and tile. No previous experience is necessary – just a sense of adventure and a willingness to try new techniques. Focus on an illusion of control rather than control itself. You just might find that a mistake can morph into magical expressions!

The capacity for this class is 12 students. This class is presented in collaboration with the John C. Campbell Folk School. There will be an optional Orientation and Closing Ceremony hosted from the Folk School campus that students can attend online.

Class Materials Needed

Alcohol inks in a full spectrum of colors ( I use Ranger, Pinata and Copic inks.. contact me if you are considering another brand). Blending solution
Everclear 190 proof or 91% or 99% alcohol, Black Sharpie9 Ultra fine tip)
Q-tips, Paper Towels, Freezer Paper, Yupo paper or Duralar Matte Paper, 4x4 or 6x6 subway tiles ( I recommend at least 10), Inexpensive paint brushes ( I use FolkArt brushes you can buy on Amazon or Walmart), Clear one sided tape, Blending tool ( I use the ranger small round stamper but makeup sponges also work), Mr. Coffee Straws, Regular straws.
Canned Air
Optional supplies:
Alcohol ink markers
Colored sharpies
Fantastix brush and round applicator
Stencils and bubble wrap ( helps making patterns in abstract painting)

Age Range


Skill Level

All Levels

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The class will meet for four weekly 120-min live online sessions on Thursdays at 6:30 pm ET | 3:30 pm PT | 22:30 UTC on the schedule below. The first session is on March 7.
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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Alcohol Inks: Basics & Beyond
Teri Jones

How It Works

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Teri Jones

Teri Jones

Teri has been a professional artist since 1998, and has won numerous local and regional awards for her paintings. She is represented by galleries throughout the States and the Virgin Islands. She opened her own River's Rim Studio and Gallery in downtown Brasstown, North Carolina, after relocating to the mountains in 2012. In this working studio, she paints and sells her watercolors, oils, and alcohol inks, and also teaches beginning and intermediate art classes. Teri developed her unique teaching style after noticing how students struggled to remember each step of a painting. Breaking a painting down into simple segments helps beginning students learn by watching, and then doing the same pro...

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