Textures and Techniques with Alcohol Ink

Maribeth Jagger

Fridays 10 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 1: 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2

Session 2: 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27


Workshop Description

This course focuses on learning new techniques to create exciting textures in your alcohol ink paintings. Each week we will create an entirely new painting, concentrating on a variety of different textures such as the smooth glossy skin of apples, beautiful reflections in water, the soft fur of a sweet raccoon, or the gritty texture of bricks against a bucket of soft flowers. Upon completing this course, you will have gorgeous paintings, and will be able to paint any subject with alcohol ink and create a realistic textures.

For those who have taken my classes before, every painting we do will be something new which we’ve not painted before, and it will be an excellent opportunity to hone new skills and bring your alcohol ink paintings to a new level.


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 own emotions."

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


Supplies (You will need to bring to class):

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 $12. a pack. You can order individual colors online - there are lots of colors to choose from. You can order online from Mister Art and they usually come within a week. I also have a variety of inks available for purchase during the classes for $3.00 per bottle (many colors which are not available locally).

For this class, 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 or bottle are good darks.) Asel Art has a supply of alcohol inks made by Pinata. They are great inks, and 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 it 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 that Jerry’s Artarama has great prices - http://www.jerrysartarama.com (NOTE: Don’t buy 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 (5 x 7” for .50 each and 8 x 10” for $1.00).

3. BRUSHES: You don’t need expensive brushes! Inexpensive, small watercolor brushes work well. My favorite brushes are small filbert (#2, #4) watercolor brushes available at Hobby Lobby – Masters Touch 5000 Series, filbert brushes. I usually have a few of them for sale as well for $6./$7, but you can often find them on sale for 50% off at the store.

4. MASKING FLUID: Any brand is fine (can be tinted or not). I’m partial to Incredible White Mask (Hobby Lobby) for masking large areas, and Fine Line Resist Pen masking for smaller areas. Note: make sure the masking fluid you purchase is NOT labeled “Permanent”.

5. PENS: Black micron pens (005 and 01 are good sizes), White pen (I prefer a Uniball Signo white pen which I’ve found online. I usually have those for purchase as well. We’ll discuss alcohol ink markers and other inks at our first class.