Make your own alcohol inks!

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Community Leader
Registered: 02-14-2000
Make your own alcohol inks!
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Thu, 04-25-2013 - 9:20am

These can be pretty expensive but some of the results are stunning. See http://www.gaalcreative.com/2010/08/30/36-ways-to-use-alcohol-inks/ for a long list of uses!

Anyway, at the Art gathering, I was giving away two  ice cream tubs of marking pens. Plain old go-to-school, play with at home marking pens...and a gal mentioned to me that I should keep them and make my own alcohol ink.

Here's how! Wear old clothes and cover your work surface well. Rubber gloves are good,too!!!Gather lots of small lidded containers...baby food jars are ideal....or anything along that line. Put a 1/2 inch or inch of rubbing alcohol in the jar. Break one of the pens and extract the felt center. Either coil it into the alcohol or cut it in pieces and put it in. Let it set until the alcohol is the color you want. You may have to use more than one pen to get darker colors and depending on how much of the ink in the pen has been used. When you have your desired color, remove the felt piece(s) and tightly cap. Voila....your own ink...and recycling, too! Not to mention savng money and being able to blend your own custom colors!

Great idea, huh??? I'm going to add it to the recipe collection, too!

 

Marti

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 8:37am

That is really cool!  I'm filing this in the idea box for later!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-30-2013
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 2:55pm

Neat Idea!

Avatar for akamarti
Community Leader
Registered: 02-14-2000
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 11:10pm

I haven't had a chance to try it yet but hope to dig out all the stuff tomorrow. Welcome to the board!

Marti