Alcohol on Yupo

Maribeth Jagger

Wednesdays 1:30PM - 4:00PM

Session 1: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 2018

Session 2: 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 2018

$150 Per Session


This series focuses on techniques used to create wonderful works of art in alcohol ink and learning to employ a little more control over the inks to produce realistic subject matter while still keeping the fluidity and looseness of the beautiful inks.

My classes are designed to take beginners through various methods of painting with alcohol inks in order to create beautiful artwork. Those who have already completed the six-week beginners course will continue to explore techniques with new demonstrations of various subjects each week. Continuing students may also choose to work on their own subject if desired, with guidance from the instructor.


Maribeth Jagger has painted most of her adult life, having received her degree in art from Northwest Florida State University.

Her art reveals a great deal about her life and passions. Long, rolling country roads disappearing into the distance; lively colorful cottage gardens; quiet, pristine woods in the snow; or energetic close-ups of the majesty of nature: Each painting conveys a feeling of joy and whimsy. Her art is a representation of the beauty she sees in the world around her, as she reduces the subject to its most elemental and powerful components, and invites the viewer to step into that world.

She primarily works with alcohol inks, as she feels they vibrate with a purity of color, fluidity and energy that’s hard to replicate with other mediums. "I love the vibrancy and spontaneity of alcohol inks. Much like watercolor, the inks can be controlled and manipulated, but I usually let them take the lead. Then I'll jump in and manipulate them to develop my subject, creating a balance between a loose fluidity and a tighter realistic subject, which allows the viewer to complete the story and experience his or her own emotions."

An avid hiker, Maribeth spent six days hiking solo on the Appalachian Trail in 2014. She continued her hike in 2015, immersing herself in nature and finding inspiration for creating her art.



1. INKS: Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks. They can be purchased at craft stores (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, JoAnns) in the rubber stamping area in packs of three colors for about $10 a pack (bring your coupons!). You can order individual colors online for about $2.50 a bottle – lots of colors to choose from. I order from Mister Art and they usually come within a week or less:

For this workshop, you will need a variety of colors. Suggested colors to choose from:  Stream, Wild Plum, Butterscotch, Sailboat, Watermelon, Citrus, Sunshine yellow, Sunset Orange, Purple Twilight,  Raspberry, Lemonaide, Cool Peri, Eggplant, Espresso, Bottle and Denim (or whatever you like). Choose a mix of lights and darks (denim, eggplant, espresso and bottle are good darks. You will definitely need black, yellow and orange for the butterfly class. (Asel Art has a supply of alcohol inks made by Piñata. They are great inks and are a little more vibrant than the Rangers inks, but may be harder to lift from the paper.) 

2. Yupo Paper: The only place I know to purchase this locally is Asel Art. You can purchase a 9 x 12 pack of ten sheets for around $20, or you can buy individual large sheets and cut them down to whatever sizes you want (I’ll have a rotary cutter available). You can also order this online from many suppliers, but I’ve found thatJerry’s Artarama has great prices - (NOTE: I don’t recommend the glossy cardstock sold with the inks at craft stores because the inks won’t lift well from it.)  I will have sheets of Yupo paper at the classes available for purchase in various sizes.

3. Brushes: You don’t need expensive brushes! Cheap, small watercolor or acrylic brushes work well. My favorite brushes are the #2 and #4 Masters Touch filbert watercolor brushes from Hobby Lobby. They cost about $6, before using a coupon. Bring a variety if you have them. 

4. Masking fluid: Any brand is fine (can be tinted or not). I think you will like using a Fine Line Masking Pen which is available at Hobby Lobby. You will not use masking until the third week, so I will go over this during the first class. 

5. Pens: Black micron pens (01 is a good size), white pen (the Ranger pens sold with the inks work okay, but I prefer a Uniball Signo white pen, which I’ve found online. Drawing pencil. We’ll discuss other inks.