Alcohol Ink Art Supplies

Are you someone that has recently joined the ranks of alcohol ink artists around the world? Maybe you’ve been enjoying this mesmerizing pastime for years now. Or have you just heard a lot about it and are wondering where to start? Either way, we’ve got some supplies for beginners and professionals alike to create incredible works of art with alcohol inks! 🙂

Marker Supply’s webstore carries a variety of alcohol-based inks and markers from different brands and with a beautiful array of individual color options and pre-made multicolor sets, along with blenders and mixatives to help your artwork really stand out.

Have a look at what we have, and some basic info to help you decide which products may be the best for you. Click on any product name to view it in our webstore or see our entire Alcohol Ink Art section HERE.

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Alcohol Ink

A staple ingredient to most alcohol ink art projects- bottled ink! Marker Supply carries the following brands:

   BRAND                  BOTTLE SIZE       COLORS       PRICE
Zig Kurecolor                  25ml                      135                $3.49
Ranger/Tim Holtz          14ml                        60                 $3.59
Jacquard Piñata              14ml                        20                  $3.29

All bottles are squeezable plastic, have a dropper tip and screw-on cap. The Zig Kurecolor tip comes “sealed”, and will need to be punctured with a pin to start the flow of ink.

Important notes about alcohol inks:
Alcohol-Based = Use caution. Since these products contain alcohol, they are flammable. Keep away from heat and flame. Store out of reach of children. Use in a well-ventilated area and consider using gloves and a mask to avoid prolonged exposure to breathing in alcohol ink vapors.

Dye-Based = Not Lightfast. These inks are made with liquid dyes, which allows them to have their brilliant colors and fluid blendability. However, dye-based colors are not the most lightfast. Their colors will fade in UV/direct sunlight, so make sure to protect sensitive artwork by storing it well and/or using a UV-resistant topcoat.
Some colors also have been known to change when mixed with certain sealers, resins, epoxy, etc. so make sure to do a test whenever possible to see how your project’s colors will react.

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Markers

For more controlled application of alcohol inks, some people prefer to use them in marker form. With a variety of tip shapes & sizes, it’s easy to write and draw in all styles.

Alcohol-Ink marker options at Marker Supply:

Kurecolor Twin (large barrel) / Twin S (slim barrel)
*Available in 135 colors
*Interchangable tips (choose from fine, slanted, brush, etc.)

Copic
*Sold in multicolor sets only
Copic Classic: Square barrel, Chisel & Fine nibs
Copic Sketch: Oval barrel, Chisel & Brush nibs
Copic Ciao: Slim, Round barrel, Chisel & Brush nibs

Prismacolor Chisel & Fine and Brush & Fine Markers
*Available in nearly 200 colors, including neons and multiple ranges of grays

Chameleon Color Tone Pens
*Double-ended markers with built-in blending chamber. Sold in sets only.

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Mixatives

Add some metallic sheen to your ink artwork with these special pigment mixatives!

Ranger/Tim Holtz: An assortment of metallic mixatives ranging from light to dark.

Note: Metallic mixatives are not dye-based like your regular colored inks. They are made with pigments and will not react the same way with alcohol. The consistency of your ink may change when mixatives are added.

 

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Jaquard Piñata Metallic Colors: Shimmering colors made with real metal pigments or reflective mica pigments that can alter ink colors to a new palette of tones, as well as add a glistening effect to your art.

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Zig Painty FX inks: A pair of classic gold & silver bottled paints that can be used with various projects.

 

 

 

The silver tends to remain more fluid, and simply add a shimmering tint to whatever color it’s blended with. Especially neat to add into “galaxy” designs!

 

 

The gold will create more of a solid, “flaked”, gold leaf type of effect when mixed into colored inks- a nice accent to things like fluid-painted picture frames or jewelry!

 

 

 

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Blenders

When mixing or painting with alcohol inks, plain rubbing alcohol can be used to cause reactions with the colors. The higher the % of isopropyl, the stronger the blending power, so use 91% for the greatest effect!

You can also use blending solutions formulated for use with alcohol inks. There are bottled liquids and those in marker-form as well. (Pick up a Zig Blender Pack for a nice variety of blender tools!)

 


Just a few ways to use a blending solution:

-Add some directly to the ink to make the color less intense and aid with blending custom colors (The Ranger/Tim Holtz ink palette is a great tool to use when creating multiple color tones!)
-Wet your surface with blender before adding the colored ink
-Drop or paint some on top of ink marks to move & swirl the colors
-Write or draw on top of ink colors to erase some of the color away. (Try the Kurecolor Blender Marker or the Zig Eraser Pens!)
-Fill into a waterbrush (like these Zig BrusH20) for paintbrush-style erasing effects
-Apply to a sponge, felt, or other material to dab on top of ink art for a textured look
-Splatter on top of ink colors or drop on then blow around with a can of compressed air

*Fun project idea!

Many people often use their alcohol inks on Yupo paper (a waterproof synthetic “paper” with a glossy surface) or a non-porous object. For a different approach, try pairing these inks with regular cardstock and some shaving cream!
To create unique marbled paper designs, make a small tray of foam shaving cream, drop in some inks, then swirl them around. Lay your cardstock face down into the swirls and gently press for a few seconds. Lift it up, scrape off the excess shaving cream, and reveal your amazing design!

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The possibilities of how to create designs with alcohol inks are nearly endless. So grab whatever you have and start playing!

Which alcohol ink supplies do you like to use? Feel free to share your opinions, experiences, and of course- your artwork! 🙂 Tag us on Instagram with #MarkerSupply or post on our wall at Facebook.com/MarkerSupply.

**For an amazing array of alcohol ink art ideas, tutorials, and more- check out our friends at the Alcohol Ink Art Community!**

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Me.
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Me.

I love all the random patterns that happen when inks mix together! Endless fun!! 🙂

Sherri
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Sherri

I love pinata and Adirondack alcohol inks. I haven’t tried the Zig Curecolor yet, but I’m excited too!

Jerene Dunn
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Jerene Dunn

I love alcohol inks!!!

Catherine
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Catherine

I am not an artist at all. I stumbled upon alcohol inks quite by accident. I immediately became addicted to this medium. I absolutely love Ranger, Pinata and Zig inks. They are all amazing and each has their unique qualities. I have not used the markers as of yet but love to. I LOVE ordering from Marker Supply.

Tami
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Tami

I currently use Pinata and Tim Holtz ink. But I’m excited to try other products. I just used Yupo paper for the first time. It’s great. I also like to use Duralar Film abd Mineral paper.

Lisa mullins
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Lisa mullins

I am a “Newby” to the alcohol ink scene! I just randomly signed up for a class that was in my area and have found that I love this form of art. It simply gives me a sense of peace to sit and create with all the different colors. Being a newby to this form I have not had a chance to try many different products, but looking so forward to it. It’s so exciting and always a surprise to reveal a new piece of artwork, especially since I didnt think I could pull it off at all. Love love… Read more »

Rosalind Crawford
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Rosalind Crawford

I like to use masking fluid to create a wonderful picture with alcohol inks. I love Piñata inks normally. I first ink some Yupo and let it dry, then I paint on the masking fluid. When it is dry, I rinse the Yupo with 91% alcohol to fade the background. It is really effective. Happy inking!

Andrea Nasui
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Andrea Nasui

I haven’t fully delved into alcoholic inks, but from the few markers I do own (the Spectra ad®) I absolutely love them! Since I do only own a few, I use it mainly for base coloring. These art supplies touched in this blog seem very fun to play around with! I have wanted to try them out, recently, and this blog gives me all the more reason to!

Celesta
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My favorite alcohol based supplies used to be Copic markers due to their refill capability and quality. However, since its price is about ready to go beyond reach in January, winning this giveaway would be a wonderful introduction to Zig Kurecolor. I started offering alcohol ink-based artwork in 2007 with my first marker set of Copic Toner Grays to get into sketch cards. My helpful tip is to fill a spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol, use a dish towel from a dollar store and keep these exclusively back to clean your alcohol based markers after every project or fill-up —… Read more »

Nina
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Nina

I haven’t tried much of alcohol inks yet but I’ve been playing around with Tim Holtz. I’ve been wanting to get more into inks and dyes, the creative freedom and mixability excites me.

Jill
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Jill

I would LOVE to win these! I have used some AI markers from Micheal’s but I wasn’t very impressed. I currently use Tim Holtz and Pinata inks. I have extreme ADD and many other health issues 🙁 which has made it hard for me to focus on my art in the last 10 years until I met AI….its so great to let the ink do the art for you instead of trying to “THINK” about what I am going to create 🙂

Leana Sears
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Leana Sears

I’ve never had Alcohol based inks or markers of my own but I have used them thanks to a friend! I love the look it gives to my drawings and how smooth It can be when applying!

Steffunny Moon
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My fav inks are art-c,piñata and zigs……….I paint on ceramic tiles with brush and paper towels………top the all with art resin……..mount on various woods

Brenda McGilvra
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Brenda McGilvra

I love to hand letter and pens are my jam. He alcohol pens are vibrant and great for adding embellishments.

Mindy Hunt
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Mindy Hunt

I currently only own some of the ranger alcohol inks. But I love using them for backgrounds on glossy card stock. My most recent and current favorite way though is to use them to create a patina effect on ranger foil sheets. I have learned to embrace the fact that you can’t completely control the outcome. It has been a good lesson.

Arika Perez
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Arika Perez

The piñata inks are soooo pretty!!!

Elizabeth Hunter
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Elizabeth Hunter

I WRITE with them —on paper, bottles, boxes, frames, nametags, birthday cards, holiday ornaments — and more.
The colors are gorgeous!

Candice Thomas
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Candice Thomas

I started using alcohol inks a few years back when I took a couple of classes to learn how to use them. I love the saturated colors and transparency.

Mary
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Mary

I’m an” Ink”aholic, plain n simple!!

Jennifer Den Dekker
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Jennifer Den Dekker

I am new to alcohol Ink but look forward to experimenting with it soon. I love trying new things.

Sherry Bucalo
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Sherry Bucalo

I have not used this medium in my work, but I surely see how many new avenues it could open up to me. I would love to win these to try and see what magic I could create. Thank you for the chance.

luo.la
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Ye ! This Is A Good Blog!