Karen Walker, Alcohol Ink Artist & Instructor

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Karen Walker

Alcohol Ink Artist and Instructor


Karen Walker is a North Carolina artist focusing on Alcohol Ink paintings and Maritime Oil Paintings.

As an ink painter, she is the author of 20 Projects for Alcohol Inks (release date January 28, 2019, pre-order available on Amazon.com) and has taught alcohol ink painting since 2009. She is currently offering a year-long small group or individually mentored class: A Year of Alcohol Inks, with start dates each season.

As an oil painter, she specializes in maritime paintings with a special fondness for sailboats.

She spends her time in her home and studio in Sanford and on her boat, Persuasion, in New Bern.


20 Projects for Alcohol Inks

Using your creativity and the vibrant medium of alcohol inks, create these 20 beautiful representational paintings. With a broad range of painting subjects including florals, animals, landscapes, and more, they demonstrate a variety of approaches to alcohol ink painting to inspire and ignite creativity. Step-by-step photos make each project a learning opportunity. The projects are arranged to build skills and practice specific basic techniques. For experienced artists and those just beginning to explore art and alcohol inks, these are time-tested methods for working with this mesmerizing and unpredictable medium. Learn ink flow, texturing, lifting, and masking, which are used to control the ink while maintaining exciting vibrancy, fluidity, and spontaneity. Loosen up your painting and discover the joy and passion of alcohol inks!

Some of Karen’s Alcohol Ink Paintings

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