Painting with Tsukineko Inks at Festival

tsukineko inks class Another great day was had in the ever popular Tsukineko inks class. It was a full class with 25 students who produced a lot of really beautiful work.

Painting classes can be a challenge because there are a variety of skill levels and comfort zones in the same room. The biggest hurdle is to help students move from a place of fear into a place of confidence and understand that painting is a skill and with a bit of patience and perseverance they can do this.
tsuki 1 beetle mush
blue flower
bird fish
chameleon flowers goldfish
plant butterfly RED flowers
green beetle shells

When I teach in Houston my 23 year old daughter Indigo often accompanies me, she has grown to really love this trip each year. She helps me schlep supplies to and from classes, (gets me an extra piece of luggage on the plane too), demos in the Mistyfuse booth and often paints in class while I’m teaching. The work she produces during class is a great example of what’s possible with practice painting with these inks.
space man

For the grand finale, here’s Indigos video of that day from festival.

4 Responses to “Painting with Tsukineko Inks at Festival”

  1. Rachel says:

    These are amazing. I think one of the things that makes you a great teacher, aside from your obvious knowledge of your subject, is your ability to make people feel like, “Ok, I can do this. In my mind, that is the mark of a great teacher no matter the subject.

  2. Lynda M says:

    I just love your work & so admire your artistic talent. The background fabrics are muted and really show off the inks. Do you dye your fabric backgrounds or purchase the fabric? I you purchase the backgd fabric,I would greatly appreciate it if you would tell me the manufacturer or place of purchase.

    At 70+, I don’t know if I could dye my own fabric but so many fabrics are vivid multi-color mixtures which I feel compete with rather than enhance the focal point.

    Thank you so very much for any help or suggestions you can give.

    • Hi Lynda,

      Thanks so much!

      I dye cotton fabric with Rit dye for this class. I wet the fabric (a fat quarter) and crumple it into a disposable plastic container, like gladware. Then mix a cup of boiling water with a small amount of liquid rit dye, maybe 1/4 tsp of dye (use less for darker dye colors) then pour the mixed dye solution over the fabric and let it sit for a five minutes, then rinse it well it in cool water until the water is clear. Then I hang it dry and iron.

      Rit is quick, easy and non toxic so its fine to do in your kitchen. I love how easy it is for me to make a big range of subtle colors for my students to choose from as backgrounds. Try it, you’ll be very pleased with the results for creating soft backgrounds. 🙂

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