About me

alcohol ink artist

my story

Thanks to my creative Mother I grew up experimenting with arts & crafts and pursued a career as a graphic artist studying at Iowa State University and Starting my career as a Graphic Designer for the University of Iowa.

In college I enrolled in all the calligraphy classes offered and joined a group called The Eastern Iowa Scribes. This group sponsors weekend workshops with Master calligraphers from all over the world, who instruct their unique styles. I served 2 terms as President of this organization. We organized traveling exhibits of the art techniques we learned during these workshops. I also taught calligraphy classes to adults through the Continuing Education department at the University of Iowa.

alcohol ink

In November of 2015, I was preparing for a 6-week recovery time from a back surgery for activities to fill my time. Besides knitting, reading and watching movies, I was drawn to Pinterest posts featuring colorful Alcohol Ink Paintings.
I researched intensely for 6 months until I got brave and tried this unpredictable art form. Little did I know there is a whole community of Alcohol Ink Artists all over the world, who teach and share techniques and ideas to create beautiful pieces of art.

What I am up to now

I was consumed in learning this magical art, by watching videos and taking a lot of online classes, and practicing. My studio began filling up with my art, so I donated pieces for non-profit auctions, and gifted to family and friends. It was so rewarding to find people really loving my art. I was encouraged to push a little further to create products, and pieces to sell. I am married to Doug Brayton since 1983. We have 2 daughters, a son and daughter- in-law, and 2 grandchildren. My Alcohol Ink paintings can be found at local gift shops, furniture stores and art fairs in Iowa and Illinois. I have commissioned pieces at several businesses and the homes of private individuals. My studio is in my home in Coralville. I continue to create with Alcohol Ink and hope people can enjoy the final outcome as much as I have enjoyed creating it.