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.
A staple ingredient to most alcohol ink art projects- bottled ink! Marker Supply carries the following brands:
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.
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.)
Chameleon Color Tone Pens
*Double-ended markers with built-in blending chamber. Sold in sets only.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!**