10+ techniques with acrylic inks in Mobile, Alabama

What a great week I had in Mobile. I have never spent any time in Alabama aside from driving through it on a road trip when I was 13 so it was fun to see this part of the country.

The 3 day acrylic inks workshop was booked by a group of art quilters that belong to the quilt guild in Mobile. The guild itself wasn’t interested in the kind of stuff I teach, so the group took it upon themselves to organize this workshop after Sherry Mozley, a member of the group, had shown them the work she did in one of my workshops.

Sherry took a class with me at the very first Create retreat in Chicago back in 2008 and then we met up again when she took a workshop with me at Focus on Fiber Florida last year. I love it when I get to meet up with my students multiple times, it makes it even more fun because it’s like hanging out and making art with old friends.

We had a great big room to work in so everyone had plenty of space to spread out and create.
We started the workshop with a 3 hour session on color theory.

I gave a powerpoint lecture on color terminology, color schemes, value and the ways colors interact with each other. Then students did a few color study exercises using acrylic inks. Then we got right into painting fabric and making stamps.

Before we start each technique I always do a demo with lots of samples of the different ways the same technique can look.



Now for the fun part, a look at all the fabulous fabric that was made:


We need to interrupt this beautiful riot of color with some  equally colorful Mardi Gras donuts and king cake.

It is the south after all.

Now back to the gorgeous samples…

This fabric looks like a party right?!?! Just in time for the Mardi Gras parade!

We had so much fun!!

and I got to eat a few yummy oysters too!







Keep creating, Judy

I’d love to spark your creativity at one of these upcoming events:

March 3rd, 10 am  Lecture/Trunk show: It’s All in the Process, Making an award winning quilt and everything that can go wrong along the way.  Meissner’s Sewing, Sacramento, CA

April 21-23 Paint and Print-A-Palooza- 3 day workshop,  Meissner’s Sewing, Sacramento, CA

May 5-7 Prayer Flags- 1 day, and Paint and Print-A-Palooza- 2 day workshop, SLO Creative Studio, San Luis Obispo, CA

October 5-10  NZ National Quilt Symposium, Christchurch, NZ
Painting Imagery with Textile Paints- 2 days
Tea & Ephemera
Paint & Print-A-Palooza
Blessings in the Wind: Mixed-media prayer flags

IMG_5538Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, speaker, creative alchemist, and purveyor of inspiration, helping others channel creativity on a daily basis.

6 Responses to “10+ techniques with acrylic inks in Mobile, Alabama”

  1. Love to see your classes. Are the alcohol inks permanent or do you have to put them in non washable projects. Do you spray them so they don’t fade? Hope one day you will be closer to Yosemite. However this week we are having historic rains, snow higher up. Stay warm and dry. Vivian

    • JudyCoatesPerez says:

      Hi Vivian,
      these are acrylic inks not alcohol inks. If you use Golden high flow acrylics they are permanent, they are basically like an acrylic paint but they are thin like an ink.

      BTW I will be teaching a class in Fresno in a couple weeks, February 18-19, Painting imagery with textile paints with the Fresno Fiber Arts guild. This is painting illustrative type imagery using textile paints, not acrylic inks, on fabric.

  2. JCP is an amazing talented teacher! I never taken classes from a teacher more than once, except in Judy’s case! She keeps reinventing herself and her classes. She is an amazing artist but more importantly she is a TEACHER! She knows how to bring her creativity down to a level a beginner can enjoy and how to adjust to an advanced students level in order to challenge them in their creative process! Everyone wins in her classes! She truly has a unique and rare ability to make art successful and fun for every student!
    If you love making art, put JCP workshops on your bucket list!

  3. Anne Godwin says:

    Judy, I had a great time and learned lots of things in your workshop. You’re the most organized presenter: showing examples, pointing out how you used that technique in your quilt, and doing a live demo before sending us back to our tables. It was a busy, fun, productive three days. I’m thankful Sherry shared her class samples with us. The Azalea City Art Quilters have been playing with fabric and running with scissors since 2004. Thanks for sharing your creative process with us.

    • JudyCoatesPerez says:

      thanks for the great review Anne! It was wonderful getting to share my knowledge about acrylics inks, color, painting, construction tips etc. with your group. I’m always happy to share what I know to help other textile artists make the work they envision in their heads and hearts. When the guild sees the fun stuff your group did maybe it will perk up their interest too 🙂

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