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Make Your Own Alcohol Inks

22 June 2012 127,753 views 6 Comments

by rhonda

As a craft supply hoarder, I can attest that buying supplies can get expensive, especially if you need specific items for a project and don't have time to shop around for the best price.  Birgit from Birgit's Daily Bytes decided to experiment with a few different DIY methods for making supplies to cut her crafty costs, particularly projects that she could use for art journaling.  Her discoveries include a novel way to make your own spray inks!  Paper crafters rejoice!  [how to make your own alcohol inks]

Project estimate:

  • Kool-aid, on hand or about $0.10 and up
  • Rubbing alcohol, on hand or $1
  • Spray bottle, on hand or $1

Total:  Free and up

Note:  The post also includes several other projects, including a recipe for making your own Mod Podge.  We strongly suggest that you do not make your own Mod Podge; here is why.

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  • Valerie said:

    Oh gosh, I can see making the coolest clothes with these! You could pretty much lay any object on a shirt, and then spray on/around it to get an outline of it.

  • Christie said:

    Am I right in thinking that Kool Aid is probably not a good ingredient to use on anything you are planning on keeping for a long time, like a scrapbook? It seems like you’d get roaches and ants eating the pages. I’d appreciate any insights!

  • carol said:

    I am sure they are using NON sweetened koolaid. If there isn’t a sweetener involved then I do not see roaches or ants as an issue.

  • heather said:

    Yes, this project uses the unsweetened Kool aid packets (the ones that cost 10 cents or 25 cents at the grocery store).

  • Tessasauros said:

    Instead of KoolAid, what about shavings from water color paints or chalk pastels?


    I’ve had great results making my own from food coloring and acrylic paints. See here: http://gsgreatescaper.blogspot.com/2014/09/alcohol-ink.html

    for complete instructions.