You should try creating and using alcohol ink in your crafts if you’re getting bored of traditional paint. Alcohol ink is a vibrant, fast-drying fluid color you can use in various crafts, from stamping scrapbooks to coloring epoxy resin. You can even make alcohol ink with mica powder if you want a custom color. The following brief guide takes you through supplies, the creation process, and crafting ideas.
Gathering Supplies for Alcohol Ink
You’ll only need a few supplies to make alcohol ink:
- 2-ounce bottles, ideally with an eyedropper lid
- Isopropyl alcohol, ideally between 91-99% alcohol
- Mica powder(s) in color(s) of your choice
- Measuring spoons
- A binding agent, such as hairspray
- Optional: gloves to protect your hands and small marbles to help stir the product
Gather your bottles and other supplies and place them on a flat surface. You may want to cover your surface to protect it from any spills, although mica powder generally doesn’t stain. You do not need to use the binding agent listed above if you are planning to use the alcohol ink to color something that is already a binder, such as epoxy resin.
Making Your Alcohol Ink
Remove the lids on your small bottles. Put gloves on if you’re worried about staining. Place the funnel into the mouth of the bottle and add 1 teaspoon of mica powder. Pour 1.5 ounces of isopropyl alcohol into the bottle. Add a half teaspoon of your binder. Attach the lid and shake the bottle to mix everything together. You can add small marbles or similar objects to help the mixing process. After shaking, check the color. Add more mica powder if you want more saturation.
Using Your Alcohol Ink
Once your alcohol ink is ready, you can use it in various projects, including the stamping scrapbooks and epoxy resin we mentioned above. Use the eyedropper lid to add alcohol ink directly onto your stamp for stamping scrapbooks. Spread the ink with a small paintbrush, then press the stamp onto your scrapbook paper.
Follow the directions on the resin container for coloring epoxy resin. Use the eyedropper lid to add the alcohol ink into the prepared epoxy resin and mix thoroughly. After thoroughly combining the color, you can continue with your epoxy resin project.
This brief guide to making alcohol ink with mica powder proves just how easy you can DIY alcohol ink. Eye Candy Pigments can help if you need mica pigment powder for your alcohol ink or other craft projects. We offer an array of colors to choose from, so you can color your projects perfectly.