Do you love vibrant color?

Would you like to try an easy medium to create mesmerizing paintings?

Would you like to learn how to paint with alcohol inks on encaustic and other substrates?

Helen Dannelly

Join Helen Dannelly for this comprehensive 90 minute painting class via Zoom utilizing

alcohol ink

During this live 90-minute session,

Helen demonstrates:

  • subtractive and additive methods
  • painting abstractly
  • floral ink paintings
  • Yupo vs cotton paper
  • inks vs watercolors
  • color separation of certain inks
  • painting in layers using

Create your own imagery using these tips and techniques.

Helen Dannelly

Helen brings her foundational

training in color theory to bear as she shares techniques for working with inks and watercolor on both Yupo, a synthetic paper, and traditional

cotton watercolor paper.

Her demos will get you thinking outside of the box as you discover new ways to express your ideas.

This is such a fun class to teach to both

experienced painters and to novices alike. Many people were told they have no talent when it comes to art or they haven't ever tried painting and are not sure if they will be "good". This class is wonderful because I've never had anyone unhappy with their results. The ink almost paints itself... It's so rewarding to watch students

deriving such pleasure and

satisfaction from this process. I love to share it!

~Helen Dannelly

Helen Dannelly

This course is for you if you:

  • Are new to art and want to try your hand at painting
  • You may not have had a satisfying experience with painting in the past and are looking to change that
  • Are a skilled artist and want to try this vibrant medium with its unique properties
  • Would like to learn techniques to create both abstractly and realistically
  • Want to learn how to paint with alcohol ink on encaustic


Helen has a knack for guiding you in amplifying your ideas. Her method of teaching involves showing the potential of what you can do with the various materials and then letting you loose to see what is possible.

As an instructor, Helen draws upon her formal art training to add richness and depth to the classroom experience, incorporating fundamentals of composition, color, and form.

Why should I alcohol ink to my practice?


  • Creating with alcohol ink helps you quickly understand color mixing.
  • The techniques covered are easy to learn but offer sophisticated results.
  • You can step outside the box and get unstuck by using this media.

Helen Dannelly

The term I hear most often to describe working with alcohol ink is "mesmerizing!"

~Helen Dannelly

Helen Dannelly


  • 90-minute comprehensive session
  • Discussion of the unique properties of alcohol ink, how they differ in comparison to watercolor and how they can be combined
  • Demos of additive and subtractive techniques
  • Explanation of display options
  • 2 months of access to the recordings of the live session. Now you can be fully present soaking up the demos instead of frantically taking notes.

BONUS: Discussion of how to print your

work on cards, clothing and other

print-on-demand products!

Don’t miss out on this

satisfying, "mesmerizing" painting opportunity.

Helen is a dynamic instructor who supports you in realizing your vision.


Q: Do I need painting experience?

A: No, this is a class for novices, skilled artists and everyone in between. And for those with some experience, you will learn an additional medium to expand your practice.


Q: I don't have an affinity for art. Will this class work for me?

A: Yes! Several people new to painting who have taken this class are surprised and delighted with the results they achieved. Many call the process "mesmerizing!"


Q: I have more questions. How do I reach you?

A: You can email me at [email protected]

Helen Dannelly

Helen Dannelly draws on over 30 years of professional experience in helping you realize your artistic goals. Helen’s teaching is informed by a unique combination of training that she utilizes in guiding you conceptually and technically. She received a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She studied painting at San Francisco State University (working with Bay Area photorealists) and sculpture at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. 

Moving easily between drawing, painting, and sculpture, Helen has developed unconventional ways of mixing mediums that create emotionally evocative pieces. Helen’s work focuses on metamorphosis both personally, in natural phenomena, and of the materials. Her organic sculptures are inspired by the natural world, a nod to sea life and plants. Complex surfaces and engaging forms invite viewers to explore the impact of climate change--a metamorphosis of decline.

Helen is attentive to the importance of art fundamentals weaving them into her classes. She recognizes that these components (color theory, elements of composition, and drawing/ mark-making) are skills that need to be continually developed and refined in order for students to leverage them effectively in their work. This mastery results in students creating more sophisticated work and understanding why it is more successful.

Helen Dannelly is also:

  • A Golden Artist Educator
  • A Silver Brush Educator
  • R&F trained Advanced Encaustic Instructor


“I just read the comments on my [work] and want to thank you for what you added. I am happy to have your expanded opinions. Very helpful and so encouraging. You made my day.”

~ Linda S. ~

"How I spent June: working (well, playing really) on some 3D encaustic pieces while taking two Zoom classes with Helen Dannelly. Fabulous instructor! Supportive and knowledgeable. And some amazing “classmates” whom I hope to meet in person when life becomes a little more normal. I did a lot of playing with different materials and plan to expand my experiments more in July. Great classes!"

~ Laureen W. ~

"I enrolled in both the Beginning 3D Encaustic (taught jointly by Helen Dannelly and Jeff Hirst) and the Continuing Explorations in 3D Encaustic (taught by Helen Dannelly). Both classes provide the encaustic artist the foundations to explore taking the medium in new and exciting directions. The classes were streamed via Zoom because of the pandemic and both instructors were patient in answering students’ questions and generous with their support well beyond the actual time spent together in the Zoom class.

In the follow-up Continuing Explorations class, Helen Dannelly challenged students to build on the foundations from the Beginning class, encouraging students to begin to develop a body of 3D encaustic work. As in the first class, Helen shared her knowledge and time to support each student individually as we experimented with these new materials. She challenged us to think in new ways and gave generously of her support when we had questions or encountered problems in our work.”

~ Laureen W. ~

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