Why take a course using Alcohol Inks?

December 16, 2014 by Diane Marcotte

Starting January 14th I will be teaching an 8-week painting course using alcohol inks at the Oakville Art Society.

See http://dianemarcotte.com/blog/alcohol-inks-course/ for details.

Are you wondering why YOU should take such a course?

  • Perhaps you don’t have any painting experience
  • Perhaps you think you can’t draw
  • Perhaps you believe you aren’t “creative”
  • Perhaps you feel you haven’t the room at home to keep supplies
  • Perhaps you already paint in other mediums

What kind of art can I produce?

Let’s let pictures answer this question…

Abstract - "Burst of Fire"

Burst of Fire





Vase with flowers

Vase with flowers

Dragonfly on flower

Showing Off










But I can’t draw!

Drawing is NOT a prerequisite for this course. Simple drawings will be provided of a variety of subjects which you can transfer to Yupo or tile if you so choose.

But I’ve never painted or done art before!

Guess what – alcohol inks can paint themselves! You will accomplish beautiful art by just moving the inks around. There are multiple ways that you will learn to do this.

But I’m not “creative”!

Do you cook? Do crafts? Have hobbies? Like to day-dream? Do puzzles? Yup, you ARE creative.

But I haven’t room to keep lots of art supplies!

All your inks, tools, brushes, etc can be kept in one relatively small plastic container with a lid.

But I’m quite comfortable painting in watercolour (or in oils, acrylics, pastels, etc.)

Does your preferred medium allow you to produce vibrant jewel-like paintings? Or does it dry in seconds AND still allow you to reconstitute it to liquid form again? Or let you combine looseness and detail in one painting? Okay I know watercolour does allow that one. đŸ™‚


I’d love to have you take this course.  See you there!



  1. Rosalind Crawford says:

    Hi Diane,
    Will you be teaching this course at another time later in the year. I winter in Florida and won’t be back until April. I would love to take the course though.
    Let me know,


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