Saturday, March 24, 2012

New Acrylic Inks class!!!

I'm excited to tell you about a new class I'm teaching

10 Textile Techniques using acrylic inks! 

I'll be teaching it at Shake Rag Alley School of Arts & Crafts in Mineral Point Wisconsin April 22. This is going to be one of those classes filled with experimenting and learning multiple ways to apply ink to fabric.

One of the things we are going to do is explore a number of different ways to create texture.

We'll explore mark making with different kinds of stamps 
and drawing with the inks using calligraphy and ruling pens.

We'll explore layering imagery with color and marks

We'll be cutting masks with freezer paper.
And painting in a watercolor style.
This class is going to packed with lots of tips and ideas of ways you can work with these versatile inks on fabric. If you'd like more info and want to join me in an action packed day of ink exploration check out the Shake Rag Alley class info. I'd love to see you there!

If you would like to see two step by step blog posts about my making art quilts using acrylic inks you can click on the links for 8 of Cups and Black and Bloom All Over.


  1. That looks like a lot of fun! I'm taking an acrylic painting class but from the little I've done with my inks I'm thinking the methods are very different.

  2. Oh how I would love to be a student in this class.....any chance you would consider an online version of this one? I have the inks, brushes, fabric, stamps, freezer card at the ready
    I am all set to go. :-)

  3. Okay, Judy, now there are at least two of us -- I'm a good friend of Quilt Rat (above), and I totally echo her comment. I have everything, as well -- I've been buying all the supplies you've recommended on your blog, but nothing beats watching and listening to the master demonstrate the technique. Any chance you'll offer it on line??? Anything we can offer as incentive for you???


  4. I am never going to be able to attend one of your classes, I live outside the US, so an online class, or DVD(preferably), would be brilliant! I already have one of your DVDs, and its probably the best instructional DVD I have ever watched! You are an excellent teacher in this medium; I could see your hands and your commentary was clear and unambiguous. This class on DVD would be wonderful!

  5. I'm do you like these vs the Tsukeniko inks? Behave the same? Different? Cost difference?

    Class looks like fun!

  6. Thanks for the great feedback, I suppose creating an online class at some point would be a good option. I will definitely keep that in mind, can't promise anything too soon I have a pretty big todo list at the moment, lol.

    @ Spinning, there's a possibility I may be down under next April, not sure what I'll be teaching yet, but its in discussion. I'm also booked to be in NZ in July 2013 for symposium and would love to schedule something in AU around that time, so if you know a group that would like to put something together, I'd be happy to come.

    @ Karen
    these are a whole different animal. They look and behave more like traditional paint, a bit more opacity, but they have a more watery consistency. They are easier to work at a larger scale than the Tsukineko inks and would be cheaper because you get a larger bottle of ink for about the same price. But they are acrylic base so they make the fabric a bit stiffer.

    The finished look is completely different than the Tsukineko inks. The last two quilts- 8 of Cups and Black & Bloom All Over, were painted with these inks. So you can tell looking at those pieces you could never achieve that style or look with the Tsukinekos.

    I don't like them less or more, they are just another way of putting color on fabric, one more tool in the tool belt :-)

  7. Sounds like something fun to try! Have you used the two together in the same piece yet?

  8. No, I haven't Karen. I think because I tend to paint different styles with each of them, I hadn't thought of putting them together. With the Tsukineko inks I tend to paint more illustratively and tight. With the acrylic inks I tend to paint more loosely enjoying the textures of the paint itself above and beyond more refined painted images.

  9. Wow! I would love to take this class! If you ever decide to go the online route, let me know. Credit card is always two steps away. Hope house hunting/selling is going well. xo


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