Beth Kluth, Alcohol Ink Artist/Explorer/Instructor
Beth Kluth – Alcohol Ink Artist/Explorer/Instructor
Several years ago I made a pretty simple New Year’s resolution: to set aside one hour each week to do something creative. It completely changed my life.
I was initially drawn to alcohol inks because of the bright, happy colors. I quickly became addicted to their surprising behavior and beautiful, organic movement. I rarely use a paintbrush, instead pushing and guiding the inks to let them pool, bloom and dry in layers to get the abstract effects I’m looking for. Through my art I want you to experience the joy I feel when I create. The only thing I love more than painting with them is teaching others what I’ve learned through experimentation.
Art was one of my favorite classes in school because we were exposed to new mediums and given the opportunity to explore. But I didn’t graduate college with a fine art degree. In fact, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. Then life got very busy with work (I ended up in marketing) and a growing family (a wonderful husband and three amazing kids) and creative time was hard to come by. But when I finally decided to MAKE the time, I rediscovered the joy of creating. I started doing projects with neighbors and friends and somehow ended up doing a workshop at a friend’s gallery. I was petrified but afterward, I had a profound feeling of, “This is what you’re supposed to be doing.” Now six years and 350+ workshops later – it’s still a joy.