Sheila Playford’s Alcohol Inks Workshop
On a cold Saturday in mid-July I attended an Alcohol Inks Workshop tutored by Sheila Playford at the Art Club, something quite different from my usual watercolour or acrylic medium not to mention my painting style.
We had three hours and Sheila got straight into it, showing us how to disassemble Sharpie pens to access the ink which was not too difficult once we got the hang of it. When we had mixed the ink with alcohol to make our ink medium Sheila demonstrated the technique of applying ink and alcohol to various special papers and other surfaces and manipulating the results with the aid of straws, dryers, and other methods to create artworks.
Then we were let loose to have a go ourselves and what fun it was. We all had at least four different surfaces to experiment with including Yupo paper, ceramic tile and canvas and the inks behaved slightly differently on each and we all enjoyed trying our hand at producing our own masterpieces. We all loved the strong colours of the inks and as always at a workshop although we were using the same materials, there was great variety in the results.
Sheila did a great job guiding us through demonstration and practical help as well as providing extra materials and best of all we all left with written instructions as well as materials so we could continue to experiment at home.
Thank you, Sheila, I’m sure everyone enjoyed the workshop as much as I did.