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Homemade Alcohol Inks

Homemade Alcohol Inks

Homemade Alcohol Inks

Thanks for the tutorial,Allison! I may have to try this! I had attempted making my own alcohol inks once, using koolaid, but it never dissolved well.

I’d love to see your inks in action!

I’ve never heard of using koolaid. I had considered using powdered dye from a tie dye kit but worried about having grit in it. I’ll definitely be using these soon :)

You can use the sugar free kool aid and the powdered dye and then just run them through a coffee filter then pour back into a bottle. but be careful those aren’t acid free so they can damage your papers

Hi I am new to this and was wondering where I would buy this alcohol I have a lot of markers and thought this would be a great idea

Thanks Pat

I got mine at either CVS or Walmart!

Great Idea. I’m trying this as soon as I round up all the markers around here

Hi..great idea, but how do you apply them to your pallette or project? Brush or squirt it on?

Yes you absolutely can use a brush or dribble them straight from the bottle. I’m sure you could find squirt bottles similar to the ones the store bought alcohol inks come in if you prefer.

I set my work on a tile outside to dry and it rained and washed it all off!!

Oh, that stinks! Luckily it’s easy and fun to do. I hate redoing anything but I’ve done so many of these coasters over again because I love it :)

Did you use water based markers like Crayola brand?

As long as they aren’t ‘washable’ I don’t think you’ll have a problem.

Thank you so much for this great idea! I have a professional 100 piece marker set, and half are almost completely dried out. I had been dropping alcohol on the points when I used them, but now I have a money-saving way to use the ink left in them. I have learned a lesson over the years: Artists should never throw any mediums away. Someone will eventually come up with a great idea for using them in a new way.

I was really happy when I ran across your tutorial! I work with polymer clay and loved the AI effect. I also belong to a group that works with AI on face book. Just wanted to tell you I ran across those little bottles at the Dollar Tree – there were 2 of those bottles and one pump bottle per package for a dollar. I bought 3 packages giving me 6 of the bottles I need for only $3! I wish I’d gotten my markers at Walmart. Instead I was at Michael’s and they only have a million different kinds of markers. I’ll just get some more. Got some that look like they might be pastel but that’s okay. I’ve opened 4 markers (have to get more alcohol – I was low anyway) by squeezing the markers just below the point until it’s almost flat (these are a very bendable plastic). Then I cut with wire snipers from my husband’s toolbox. I pulled the color thing out with tweezers, held it with the tweezers and made a slit with my Exact-o-blade. Since either my markers were smaller or the bottles bigger but I was able to put them all the way in the bottle, put the tops on and lay it on it’s side to get all the ink out. Anyway, just wanted to share. Thanks again for the tut!

This is an interesting tutorial and please don’t think me stupid but what projects can you use alcohol inks for?

No! You’re not stupid at all! I had a blog for YEARS and I crafted daily before I ever messed with them myself! Here are a few projects I have made: acrylic bangles, to dye resin (also to make bangles :)), to make a gorgeous tray and coasters! I hear paper crafters use them, too :)

What a good idea,( who would have thunk it—(thought it?) what sort of alcohol do you use, and would you be able to stamp with it if you put some of it on a sponge? Cheers and thankyou, Marilyn.xx.

Yes! You should be able to stamp with it. That could be quite lovely, I’m sure! I used 91% Isopropyl Alcohol I got from the first aid section of the grocery store!

Love this idea, thanks for the great tutorial. Pinning now :)

thank you so much for the tutorial, I love to re purpose things specially if it has to do with art, but now I am curious… what do you use alcohol inks for?

Here are a few projects I have made: acrylic bangles, to dye resin (also to make bangles :)), to make a gorgeous tray and coasters! I hear paper crafters use them, too :)

Hi, just wondering whether you can use food coloring instead of markers? Seems a bit easier, not sure if effective.

I haven’t tried food coloring, if you do let me know how it goes? If I do I’ll post the results here!

To make less mess when pulling out the ink from the bottles I use twizers.

Thanks for the wonderful money saving ideas. Is it just rubbing alcohol that you use??

Yes, grab some rubbing alcohol from the first aid kit and you’re set!

Thanks for the great tip!

For less mess I just thread the top of the ink barrel with thread and then I use the thread to pull the ink barrel out of the bottle.

Can this ink be use to write on paper? My daughter needs to make a pen for a project at school.

If you make the ink highly concentrated I would think you could. As it stands what I have is very thin and I think that might be an issue for leaking. They do sell ink that she could put into a pen and India Ink might be the way to go with that if she wants a pretty color.

Can you use the homemade ink on glass beads? I have seen it done with the commercial ink, but that is too expensive to use with kids at camp.

My ink does well on paper but not as well on hard surfaces as a commercial ink.

I have an issue with the ink not drying well. I am using them on ceramic tiles and after the alcohol evaporates the ink is still wet and doesn’t completely dry. Any advice?

It sounds like it is an issue with the original ink source. What brand/kind did you use? Perhaps a change to a different brand would yield different results? So far I’ve only really used my homemade versions on paper as I can’t seem to get saturation I’m happy with for other mediums…

Great tutorial!!! I have artist’s markers that have dried out and now I can use them BUT I would like to use the Al inks made here on wine glasses. …..I have a few questions….will this ink work on glass?

How long does it take to dry?

Will it be permanent enough not to smear off with hand-washing only of these wineglasses?

Would vinegar help the inks to dry better??

Should I use a fixative by Krylon to protect my work??

Sorry for the numerous questions…..BUT I loved your commentary and the tutorial how-to!!!


Definitely use a fixative to protect your work. These tend to not be as saturated as store-bought inks. On something transparent, like glass, I think I’d go with store-bought for a more vibrant look. If sealed and hand washed with care your work should last a long time!

I have been using AI for about a year I have made lots of coasters and then I started on YUPO paper, but it’s expensive. I now use the reverse side of glossy photo paper and it has worked great. You can use the glossy side, but it doesn’t give the same effect. I prep the reverse with 91% alcohol and then add the inks and more alcohol. Just a preference. I love AI and like you, I want to try a less expensive alternative. Thanks for the TUT.

You’re my kind of creative artist plus you’re willing to share! If I had a nickel for every marker I’ve thrown away I could take a vacation. Thanks again for your blog.

Do you ever go to buy a craft item and realize you’ve already allocated your discount coupon to another item? And when you realize that you’ll, GASP, have to pay full price that this junk is stupid overpriced? It seems that I’m normally all too happy to pay for things but only when it’s already on sale or when I’m waving my phone around with a 40% or, jackpot, 50% off coupon. So when I needed alcohol inks but balked at having to pay $10 for 3 0.5 ounce bottles I realized that is about $6.67 PER OUNCE. That is freaking insanity my friends. Especially when you need a lot of this one thing.

So I got pissy and instead bought up some $4 plastic squeeze bottles. There were 6 and each held 2 ounces. I then ran to Target and got some of their cheapest markers. I think they were $0.78 but they were definitely somewhere in the seventy cent range. I was completely surprised that this was the cheapest I could find ANYWHERE. Cheaper than Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or even Walmart so snag up a couple packages from Target and keep this project nice and cheap just like we like it!

If you have lots of markers that have dried out, that’s even better as those are free! Raid the kid’s marker bins and be sure to toss yours somewhere to hang on to throughout the year and you’ll get quite a few of FREE markers that you can upcycle!

For this project you will need:


Bottles, squeeze tubes, jars, etc.

Markers (the more the better the pigment)


X-acto knife

Again, these are my cheapie markers and they work well. The more you use, the darker the pigment in your alcohol inks. I’d suggest starting with 3 and going from there.

To start release the ink cartridge from the inside of the marker. Using a pair of pliers squeeze and twist the plastic cap at the end and watch that sucker pop right on of.

It slides out so easily!

Add alcohol to your bottles or jars. My goal is to get at least 1.5 ounces of each color…

It took some experimenting but I realized that sliced open cartridges work the quickest. If you’re not in a rush no worries, just pop those things out of the markers and keep them intact. But here’s a quick tip DON’T do like I did and slice all the way down. Instead make a cut in the middle leaving the top and bottom of the cartridge alone. This way of opening up the cartridges make it a lot easier to get these guys out of your ink later on down the line.

The opened up cartridges start to disperse the ink into the alcohol super quickly.

Allow to sit at least for an hour or two before continuing. Overnight is really best to let the alcohol leach out all of the ink.

After your inks have sat for a while remove the ink canister. Since I opened my suckers all of the way they were a pain in the royal derriere to remove.

Use your fingers to milk all of the ink and alcohol out of the canister.

Yes this is messy. Yes this makes a huge difference in the saturation of your colors so it’s really worth it. And the color doesn’t last more than a day on your hands, really.

There we have our red alcohol ink!

Now these are my colors after using only 1 marker apiece. The color keeps getting more and more saturated with every marker I add and it’s fabulous. One marker really isn’t enough to make this much alcohol a viable replacement for commercially made alcohol inks.

So either decrease the amount of alcohol you use, again I was rocking about 1.5 – 1.75 ounces per marker, or repeat the process with markers until you’re happy with the results.

And don’t forget that you don’t have to buy new markers to do this either. Grab the dry markers from the kids, go through your marker stash and pull out the ones on their way out. It may seem like there is no ink left to be had when trying to draw using that worn out nub but I swear there’s a lot more in there that can be put to good use as an alcohol ink!

And just because I get asked what to do with alcohol inks quite a bit, here’s an answer I shared below to that very question:

Here are a few projects I have made: acrylic bangles, to dye resin (also to make bangles :)), to make a gorgeous tray and coasters! I hear paper crafters use them, too :)

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