A couple of weeks ago one of my Creative Explorers shared with us a video demonstrating how to make alcohol inks and after finally finding some time to watch the video I thought I’d give it a try.
Alcohol inks are used to add color to the surface of your projects and I like to use them for adding subtle shading effects. They can be quite expensive to buy but this video demonstrates how to make your own alcohol inks using cheap felt tipped markers and rubbing alcohol.
So how did it work for me?
While I was out and about I stopped off at the dollar store and found some felt tipped markers and some small spray bottles. I don’t generally use alcohol inks as a spray however I found some small spray bottles of hand sanitizer which were the perfect size to use for the inks so I removed the hand sanitizer and cleaned the bottles. Using these type bottles gives me the option of using the inks as a spray or with a dropper. And finally of course you need some rubbing alcohol.
I followed the instructions explained in the video and pulled the markers apart and soaked the pieces in the rubbing alcohol …
… and ended up with a nice selection of colors.
I tested one of the colors on a piece of fabric paper using a stencil …
… and it added a lovely subtle design to the surface.
If you’re going to try this, the only thing I would add – and I don’t recall hearing it on the video – is that rubbing alcohol is highly flammable so keep it away from flames! And if spraying alchol ink I would also suggest using it in a well-ventilated area or even wearing a mask because inhaling the overspray is not good for your health.
Otherwise it works a treat!
Go try it!
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