Level 1: Beginning Alcohol Ink Artists Class – Starts September 1, 2017

Beginning Alcohol Ink Artists Class is for beginners or newcomers to Alcohol Ink.

The class is in three sections, one per week:
Here are the projects for the class:

Week 1: Exploration

  • Introduction and Karen Walker’s philosophy
  • Let’s play
  • Exploring the inks and the role of the alcohol
  • Texture
  • Painting on Ceramic Tile

Week 2: Techniques

  • Beginning Brush Work
  • Lifting
  • Masking

Week 3: Putting It All Together

  • Dreamscape© in the style of June Rollins
  • Poppy Project
  • Cat in the Grass
  • Aspen/Birch on Tile in the style of Jewel Buhay

Here is a Student Gallery from Level 1:  Enjoy

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72 thoughts on “Level 1: Beginning Alcohol Ink Artists Class – Starts September 1, 2017

  1. Judy Hoffman August 30, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    I would LOVE to take your classes; how much are they?


    • sherylwil August 30, 2015 / 11:18 pm

      Hi Judy,
      Each class is $60 and the material is available for one year. I just send you an email too.
      Glad to see you’re excited to join us.


  2. Robin Kregel August 31, 2015 / 12:32 am

    How will the classes be taught online.


    • sherylwil August 31, 2015 / 12:38 am

      Hi Robin,
      I use a Learning Management System, Moodle, to present several lesson including instructional videos. There are over 30 videos in the Level 1 class and 46 in the Level 2 class. I do speak during the videos to demonstrate and explain the techniques. Then the students share their work in a closed facebook group to share, collaborate and support each other. The materials are available for one year. I hope that answers your questions. Let me know if you need more info. Sheryl


  3. Susan Diaz August 31, 2015 / 3:39 am

    How do we know what materials we need for the class?


    • sherylwil August 31, 2015 / 12:09 pm

      Hi Susan,
      When you sign up, you are enrolled in a Prepare class to make sure you and your computer are ready to go(10 min). Inside that class is the material list so you can be sure to get everything that you need.


      • Debi November 19, 2016 / 9:31 pm

        If we sign up and pay for the class and find out during the Prepare class that our computer wont support the class do we get a refund?


      • sherylwil November 19, 2016 / 10:49 pm

        Absolutely! I want you to be successful.


  4. Meredith Carey Musgrove August 31, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Hi Susan, I want to sign up for the level 1 class but don’t know if I am going to be available to start on Sept 5th but hopefully can by the 8th. Since the materials are available for 1 year can I start the class a bit late?


    • sherylwil August 31, 2015 / 10:44 pm

      Sure, Meredith. No problem. It’s very self paced with new material each week so you will be fine.
      Would you please send your email address to sherylwilliamsart@gmail.com?


  5. Jackie September 5, 2015 / 4:06 am

    Hello I am Deaf, and wondering is your classes are captioned for the hard of hearing /deaf?


    • sherylwil September 5, 2015 / 12:11 pm

      Jackie, I’m sorry. It’s not captioned at this time. I’ll check into it and see what needs to be done.
      Thanks for your interest.


    • sherylwil September 5, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      There is a text version of everything in the class just not captioning in the videos.


  6. Jackie Mack September 22, 2015 / 2:05 am

    I am interested in the beginner class and would like more info!


    • Jackie October 4, 2015 / 2:35 am

      Hi Sheryl,
      I have a macbook pro and would like to know if this beginner class of yours will work using it? I am not a skype person…your thoughts before I pay?
      Jackie Mack


      • sherylwil October 4, 2015 / 12:59 pm

        Hi Jackie,
        The Macbook Pro is fine. I’ve got an iMac. There is no face-to-face time, like Skype. All the class material is reading text and watching narrated videos and then sharing your paintings on Facebook. Everything should be fine.



  7. Cheryl Trenholm October 3, 2015 / 3:13 pm

    I am also interested in taking the Oct 10th class. Please send me info!


    • sherylwil October 3, 2015 / 3:13 pm

      Will do, Cheryl


  8. Terrie Loughary October 26, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Can you tell me how long each class is? I am on restricted internet usage. Maybe I could stay after work and do it as they have unlimited access.


    • sherylwil October 26, 2015 / 5:45 pm

      Hi Terry,
      The class is available for a year with prerecorded narrated videos and text lessons. There is a text version of each week’s lessons so the only time you would need to be on the net would be to watch the videos and to share your paintings on Facebook. Week one has 13 videos, total time about an hour; Week two has 8 videos, total time 50 minutes, and Week three has 7 videos, total time about an hour.
      Let me know if you have any additional questions. We’d love to have you join the class.


  9. Susanna November 1, 2015 / 4:18 pm

    How often do you offer classes? I would love to take the #1 class ( and eventually the others!) but have a hectic schedule through the first of the year. Should I sign up now and have it online or will there be a new start up in January? I hate to miss out on interactions from others if I have questions.


    • sherylwil November 1, 2015 / 5:17 pm

      Hi Susanna,
      I offer the Level 1 class each month so just wait until all is less hectic in January.You won’t miss it.


  10. Rebecca November 28, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    Is it possible to view the videos on an iPad 2? Thanks!


    • sherylwil November 28, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      I watch them on my iPad 3 all the time. Why don’t you test this one out to be sure it plays for you? https://vimeo.com/132041338


  11. tamaramorrissette December 5, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    Hi Sheryl,
    I live in NORTHERN Ontario Canada, and I am wondering if the products and tools etc. you suggest would have equal substitutions.
    I have found that many of the tools, surfaces and inks used by others on the various Facebook groups or You Tube videos etc. are not always available here in Canada, and some are especially tricky or expensive to deliver to me here.
    Cheers, Tamara


    • sherylwil December 5, 2015 / 2:24 pm

      Hi Tamara,
      So nice to hear from you. There are several alcohol ink artists living in Canada. I can see if there is anyone in Northern Ontario. The main product is the alcohol ink. It can be in either liquid or marker form. A lot of the other products are household products for manipulating the inks. The main substrate used is Yupo Paper. Tiles in the hardward store are a good substitute as is glossy photo paper. The optional items are masking fluid used by watercolor artists, brushes and ink pens.
      Let me know what you think and I’ll see if I can find someone near to you.


    • tamaramorrissette December 5, 2015 / 3:08 pm

      thank you for all the research you did for me Sheryl. You are truly a dedicated teacher. I’m convinced I will learn much from your classes.


  12. Cheryl Donohew December 29, 2015 / 6:33 pm

    I’m excited about learning to paint with alcohol inks. I would love to take this Level 1 class but January is not a good time for me. Is this class offered at other times throughout the year?


    • sherylwil December 29, 2015 / 6:44 pm

      Hi Cheryl, The beginning class is offered each month. The next one will be February 6th.


      • Cheryl Donohew December 29, 2015 / 8:10 pm

        Thank you for getting back to me. I’m really looking forward this class. These paintings are fascinating…and your art is beautiful


  13. julie January 1, 2016 / 3:25 am

    Hi Cheryl could you please send me some info on the classes, Im really keen and live in new Zealand.


    • sherylwil January 1, 2016 / 1:02 pm

      Hi Julie,
      I will email you.


  14. Meredith McQuade January 6, 2016 / 12:34 am

    I’m interested in taking this class but I’ve never taken an online class before. I have an old desk top computer and not sure if I need special software? There isn’t a camera I can hook up.


    • sherylwil January 6, 2016 / 1:44 am

      Hi, Metedith. You do not need a camera or any siftware. Everything is online. Includes instructions and videos to watch. You can share you work with the group on facebook. It is all internet access.


  15. Marian Hughes January 29, 2016 / 7:28 am

    Hi Sherl I really interested in your classes and would to receive more information. I’m totally in love with the vibrancy of alcohol inks but am definitely not an artist or creative :O
    As I live in Ireland and in a totally different time zone, I’m wondering how this would work for me and also getting the necessary items for the class, excluding the inks of course. Thank you


    • sherylwil January 29, 2016 / 12:58 pm

      Hi Marian, so nice to hear from you. The inks are really exciting to work with because they are so vibrant. I do have students in England, the Netherlands and New Zealand. The time zone doesn’t matter because you can work on the classes any time you want. There is new material each week for three/four weeks. This includes videos that you can watch anytime. You paint and then post a picture of your paintings to a Facebook group where other members of the class can share and comment.
      As far as materials – you have the inks so that’s the main thing. We paint on Yupo paper which I have to buy online from Cheapjoes.com In the beginning class a lot of the materials are items you can find at the grocery store like cotton balls and Qtips. I can see if there are any members of the big alcohol ink Facebook community that live in Ireland if you like.
      I hope you decide to join us,



      • moideux January 29, 2016 / 4:49 pm

        Hi Sherl that would be great if there were other people from Ireland, possibly enen the UK. Thanks again 🙂


  16. moideux January 29, 2016 / 7:41 am

    Hi Cherl I’m not sure if my post was already submitted (so please delete this one if it is the case)
    I would love to hear more about your beginners class as I’m totally in love with the vibrancy of alcohol inks. I bought loads of inks (as you do!!) but haven’t the courage to really start, initial attempts ended up in horrible brown messes LOL!
    As I live in Ireland, I’m in a totally different time zone and also concerned that I would be able to get the necessary supplies to do the course???
    Really looking forward to hearing back from you 🙂


  17. Christine Teeter March 21, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    Hi Sheryl,

    I would like to sign up for your classes. Looking sooooo forward to it!


  18. Debbie Grogen March 23, 2016 / 9:39 am

    Hi Sheryl,
    I have been working with alcohol ink for 6 months. I started painting with watercolor 10 years ago so this was a very natural step for me. Can one take Level 1 and Level 2 at the same time? I want to be challenged, but at the same time don’t want to miss anything. I have painted many paintings similar to the one posted in the Level 1 class. The one technique I have not experimented with much is pouring. Please advise.


    • sherylwil March 23, 2016 / 12:48 pm

      Thanks for your response. I looked at your website and you would be fine starting with Level 2. The answer to your question “can you take Level 1 and Level 2 at the same time” is yes. But there is a review of Level 1 inside Level 2 so if the only thing missing is pouring, you can start with Level 2.
      Let me know what you would like to do. I’m exciting to have you join us. I also started with watercolor and try to bring some of those techniques to the inks.



  19. Debbie Grogen March 24, 2016 / 12:57 am

    Thanks Sheryl. I will do the on line registration for Level 2-thank you for the input.


  20. Michelle Simpson April 27, 2016 / 5:38 pm



  21. Kandace Lopez Goedjen May 2, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Would love more info on this class as well! I am also wondering how to make a large wall hanging in alcohol inks..


    • sherylwil May 2, 2016 / 2:33 pm

      Kandace, the best experience with a large piece that I’ve had is to paint it small, scan at a high resolution and get large prints made. Amazing how well the print turn out. Let me know what else you’d like to know about the Level 1 class. I’d love to have you join us.


      • Kandace Lopez Goedjen May 2, 2016 / 3:48 pm

        That’s a fantastic idea! If I sign up by the 7th, do I have to start on that day?


  22. sherylwil May 2, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    No Kandace, you can work at your own pace. It’s all online and you can access the materials when you wish. You’ve got a year to get it done!


  23. Jeanne Stanford June 12, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Sheryl, I have been working with alcohol inks since January. I am absolutely hooked. I have mostly painted in water color in the past. Can I start out with Level 2 class since I already know the basics just from trial and error and you tube views. I am a member of PMP and you can see some of my art there under my name Jeanne Stanford. My desire is to get more detail in my work. I don’t want to waste a lot of money on supplies that won’t work for me like I did with my Chameleon markers. I can see from other comments and your videos that you can really help me get better at this medium.


    • sherylwil June 12, 2016 / 11:07 pm

      Hi Jeanne, i will go check out your paintings on PMP but it will probably be fine to start with level 2. I will let you know tomorrow.


      • sherylwil June 13, 2016 / 12:06 am

        Jeanne, your work is stunning. You can definitely start with Level 2. I think you’ll really enjoy it. Did you see where to register?


      • Jeanne Stanford June 13, 2016 / 12:21 am

        Sheryl, do you think I could possibly start in level 3? I really want to learn what tools to use for detail work.

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      • sherylwil June 13, 2016 / 12:41 am

        Jeanne – the tools are really in Level 2: Pens, Markers, Detail Masking and Values. Look at the Puffin – that’s the goal of Level 2


  24. sherylwil June 13, 2016 / 12:36 am

    Jeanne – the tools are really in Level 2: Pens, Markers, Detail Masking and Values. Look at the Puffin – that’s the goal of Level 2


    • Jeanne Stanford June 17, 2016 / 1:42 am

      Thanks Sheryl


  25. claudineplasse July 6, 2016 / 1:09 am

    Hello, could you please tell me when there will be a new level 1 online class. I would like to register. Thank you!


    • sherylwil July 6, 2016 / 1:52 am

      Hi Claudine. The July class just started so you can join that one or wait for August. Let me know.


  26. sandi July 25, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    I am very interested in your class but do not have unlimited download capabilities as I have to pay by gigabyte usage. Do you have a DVD I can purchase?


    • sherylwil July 25, 2016 / 3:53 pm

      Hi Sandy. Let me see what it would take to do that and I’ll get back with you.


  27. Melinda De Marb August 25, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    Do you have an estimated supply list cost for the beginner’s class?


    • sherylwil August 26, 2016 / 1:34 am

      Hi Melinda,
      Let me get an estimate for you tomorrow. Do you have any alcohol inks?


  28. Nickole August 30, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    Bonjour Sheryl, J’habite au Québec, Canada. Je ne parle pas anglais. J’aimerais tout de même suivre la classe du débutant et les autres par la suite. Question: 1- Croyez-vous que cela est possible malgré tout? Est-ce qu’un traduction en français est disponible? Question 2- La prochaine classe 1 est-elle en septembre 2016? Question 3- Est-ce que nous pouvons télécharger tous les vidéos sur nos PC? Envoyez-vous les vidéos des cours par courriel? Merci pour tout.


    • sherylwil September 1, 2016 / 12:25 pm

      Bonjour Nicole,
      nous vous remercions de vous être inscrit pour la classe. Je n’ai trouver un outil de traduction et j’ai pu traduire la version écrite de la classe des leçons pour vous. Je ne sais pas s’ils vont être parfait, mais il sera utile. La classe suivante démarre le 17 septembre. Droit maintenant les vidéos ne peuvent pas être téléchargés. Je suis heureux de vous avoir avec nous en classe. C’est beaucoup d’amusement.



    • sherylwil September 1, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      Enfin, malheureusement, je ne peut pas traduire les vidéos.


  29. wpbandyp September 9, 2016 / 12:20 am

    I would really enjoy taking this class, but when I click on the registration form, it says that the page is not available. Are you not taking any more students?


  30. Pat Brenner October 8, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    I’m interested in a beginner class. Can you send me some info?


    • sherylwil October 8, 2016 / 3:58 pm

      Hi Pat. I’ll send you an email.


  31. donnamarilyn November 7, 2016 / 8:26 am

    Sheryl, I’m interested in the Level 1 class beginning in a few days.

    However, when I clicked on the demonstration of the registration form link (In a post above), the text and pictures were a little blurry when I made the video full-screen. I am on a MacBook Pro.

    Can you confirm that the actual videos are in high-resolution in full-screen mode?

    Thanks very much.


    • sherylwil November 7, 2016 / 1:32 pm



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