DIY Alcohol InkIf you want to cover the surface or outer part of your resins, metals, glass, stone, ceramic, or anything else, you might want to use alcohol ink. It will give the coverage with translucent colors.
It is highly pigmented, acid-free, and dries pretty fast in nature. It can also create a beautiful effect of vibrant marbled looks. Plus, it is waterproof and has long durability.
Unfortunately, it can be a bit pricey. Good news is, you can make your alcohol ink. If you do not want to spend more money, use this DIY alcohol ink project. But first, you need to prep all the materials and tools.
You will need sharpies, high percentage rubbing alcohol (preferably 91%), plastic cup or glass jar, spray bottle, scissors, pliers, x-acto knife, gloves, and paper towel for the groundwork.
The Steps to Make DIY Alcohol Ink
Step 1 (DIY Alcohol Ink)
The first step of doing this DIY alcohol ink is to lay down the paper towel you have prepared to cover your table or floor. Pour the alcohol inside the glass or plastic container. You need to pour about 2oz or 1/4 cup of the alcohol. For more concentrated color, use less alcohol, and vice versa.
Next, take apart your sharpie using pliers. You need to take the sponge that holds the sharpie ink inside. Cut the sharpie guts using scissors. Pull the nib, which is the tip of the sharpie. And then, cut the plastic that covering the sponge using the x-acto knife.
Next, drop the spongy inside sharpie into the container filled with 91% alcohol. Let it sit for a few hours, or even overnight. And then put some gloves on, and take out the sponge from the alcohol. Squeeze anything left in the sponge. Pour the liquid into the spray bottle. Repeat steps 1-3 of the DIY alcohol ink for each color you want to create.
The thing you need to remember if you create several colors: use a separate container for each. Use permanent markers instead of sharpies if they have the color you want. Mix specific colors if you’re going to make new colors.
For example, you can use primary-colored sharpies like blue, red, and yellow, and then mix them to get the combination you desire. There are tons of colors and mixing tone information on the internet. Do not forget to clean your tools using a paper towel and alcohol after doing this DIY alcohol ink project.