Homemade Alcohol Inks

June 25, 2018Allison Murray
Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters… Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!
I have this thing where I am so cheap that I straight up will not buy an item I  need because I only have one discount coupon to use at the craft store. Instead of getting what I need at, GASP, full price, I’ll straight up sit on my hands and wait until the next time I head to town when I can use my coupon again.

Sometimes it’s a bit of a struggle. I’ll stand in that aisle for far too long, looking at the item I need and thinking about the cost, eventually looking to see if I can just order it right there from Amazon for a decent price and working out if it is better to A. wait and come back to the store. B. order it online and wait for delivery C. just pay the full darn price for the thing.

Sometimes, in these moments I realize how ridiculously overpriced an item is. And one day, a few years back, when I was doing my standing in the aisle looking far too intently on a little package of 3 bottles of alcohol ink thing with a regular price of $10, I decided to do the math. 3 bottles with half an ounce apiece inside of them for $10… That’s $6.67 per ounce of alcohol ink. I decided that that was freaking insanity, my friends. And these days, you’re going to pay closer to $13 for an even wilder $8.67 per ounce.

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All of these numbers running through my head and really ticking me off, I did what I do when I don’t like how things are shaking out… I do the darn thing. Purchasing a 6 pack of 2-ounce plastic squeeze bottles for $4 and a package of the cheapest markers I could find at Target, I went home to make my own alcohol inks. 

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

As far as saving money goes, and stretching the budget, it makes a lot more sense to collect your old markers and use those instead of purchasing new ones.  In fact, when you think a marker is dried up, there’s still some ink in there just waiting to be juiced out and used. And since I first published this post back in 2015, I’ve made my own homemade alcohol inks a handful of times, now and I’ve realized that my favorite option is to use old Sharpies. They come in a lot of colors, are permanent and are nice and strong, which translates to a better DIY alcohol ink than the markers I used in this post.

In the years since this post has published, I’ve also gotten lots and lots of great feedback from readers who make their own alcohol ink, too. So far we have learned that dry erase markers leave gunk in the alcohol ink that needs to be strained and doesn’t work well so should be avoided. That washable markers (just like the ones in the photos below) will create a less potent alcohol ink.  You can use powdered pigment like Kool-aid and fabric dye if you strain the mixture prior to use, but know that isn’t an acid-free option.

These alcohol inks are best suited for use on paper because it is difficult to match the strong concentration you can get from storebought alcohol inks. Those do well on solid surfaces like plastic and glass, but oftentimes the homemade versions will dry much lighter than we’d like for these kinds of projects. And in those cases, I’d say if you have the stuff at home already to give making your own alcohol inks a go to try on a smooth surface, go for it. You won’t lose anything. But if you’re buying the supplies JUST to make the inks for such a project, your money is better spent on the storebought alcohol inks.

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

Want to make homemade alcohol inks using items you probably already have at home?

 For this project you will need:

  • Isopropyl alcohol (91% is good, and what I use, but 99% while more expensive does work better)
  • Squeeze bottles (or baby food jars, or other upcycled household items can work, too)
  • Markers (the more the better the pigment)
  • Pliers
  • Craft knife

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

These are the markers I used back in the day, and when many are used at once they can give you a nice pigment. But these days I’d suggest starting with something a little more potent. I swear used Sharpies are my fave, these days. 

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

No matter the brand of markers you wind up using, the basic concept is the same. Using your pliers squeeze the plastic outer housing of the marker, usually, at the end, there is a cap that is easy enough to remove. The goal is to release the ink cartridge thingie from inside of the marker.

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

Slide the cartridge inside of your bottle or jar.

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

Add you 91 or 99% isopropyl alcohol to your bottles or jars. The smaller the ratio of alcohol to ink the more concentrated your colors will be once the alcohol evaporates, FYI.

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

If you’re in a rush, slicing open the ink cartridges helps the ink to drain into the alcohol much more quickly. But here’s a quick tip: DON’T do like I did and slice all the way down. Instead, make a cut in the middle leaving the top and bottom of the cartridge alone because as this thing soaks in the alcohol it’s going to puff out and it’s such a beat to get it back out of that little bitty hole in the bottle, if you’re using them This way of opening up the cartridges make it a lot easier to get these guys out of your ink later on down the line.

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

See! The opened up cartridges start to disperse the ink into the alcohol super quickly.

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

Allow your bottles filled with alcohol and cartridges to sit at least, the longer the better. Overnight is great. If you can do even longer you can get even more ink into your solution.

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

Pop on a pair of gloves and remove the ink cartridge thingies from each bottle. See above, I slit that cartridge all the way down and getting it out of the bottle is kind of a pain. Ugh. What a pain in the royal derriere to remove. (remember to only slice those suckers in the middle!)

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

Use your fingers to milk all of the ink and alcohol out of the canister.

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

Gloves, people, I can’t stress them enough for this project :) Because milking the extra ink really does make a difference in the saturation of your finished alcohol inks, the effort is truly worth it. And if you don’t have gloves, well, teh color doesn’t last too much longer than a day, if you’re lucky!

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

There we have our red alcohol ink!

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

Now, these are my colors after using only 1 marker apiece. The color keeps getting more and more saturated with every marker I add and it’s fabulous. One marker really isn’t enough to make this much alcohol a viable replacement for commercially made alcohol inks. I tend to be happier with the concentration when using 3-4 markers, but play around to see what you like best.

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

Are you totally ready to raid the stash of your little’s old markers? I so bet you are! :)

Grab that old stuff, or buy some new ones if you’re really keen and I bet you’re going to love making your own alcohol inks. 

Alcohol inks can be really expensive. Luckily there is a DIY option for frugal crafters... Get in on these homemade alcohol inks, a super easy project that will save you money!

Before you go, did you know I had a craft book specifically for alcohol inks publish on January 10, 2017? It’s called “Crafting with Alcohol Inks” and you can snag your own copy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

This post has been updated from its original version published on November 3, 2015.

Comments (88)

  • Katie Smith

    November 3, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Thanks for the tutorial,Allison! I may have to try this! I had attempted making my own alcohol inks once, using koolaid, but it never dissolved well.

    I’d love to see your inks in action!

    1. Allison Murray

      November 3, 2015 at 11:59 AM

      I’ve never heard of using koolaid. I had considered using powdered dye from a tie dye kit but worried about having grit in it. I’ll definitely be using these soon :)

      1. jenn

        February 29, 2016 at 10:03 PM

        You can use the sugar free kool aid and the powdered dye and then just run them through a coffee filter then pour back into a bottle. but be careful those aren’t acid free so they can damage your papers

      2. Shauna Bonura

        January 8, 2017 at 5:59 PM

        I have been trying to get a formula right using alchohol as my liquid base and powdered pigment, and had some trouble at first with the pigment weight, and also sediment/clumping, and I am using this resin and didn’t want fleckles. So I measured 3 grams of pigment to 15 ML of alchohol, and then used a plastic cup with polyill and a syringe without a sharp on it to “mooch” and filter the liquid, from there I started collecting Vape Liquid bottles, in 15 and 30 ml size, so I boiled those out and let dry, then with another larger syringe, made matches to pull up and add into the bottles! The vape liquid bottles are perfect to use as the tip allows for individual drops, and they are upcycled and free is meee!!! While I noticed with the first batch that the weight of the pigment does settle, the alchohol allows for no clumping, so just give it a good shake and it blends all the way through for some vibrant lovely and sleek colors!!! And no bendy resin pieces or freckles to have to pick out either!

      3. Fran Baker

        December 14, 2017 at 4:30 AM

        I have done this. I used Procion powdered dyes from Jacquard. They need separate soda ash as a mordant so I thought it might work. It did. But I was using 99% isopropyl alcohol so to get the colour to be vivid I needed to add a bit of water to the mix too.
        It might also work with Wilton gel food colours, but I haven’t tried that yet.
        I’ve not tried this with sharpies as they are so very expensive here in the UK that you might just as well buy Adirondak inks after all. But I already had the Procion dyes for something else.

        1. Allison Murray

          December 14, 2017 at 1:36 PM

          Cool! That’s good to know. I’m going to give those a shot myself. Thanks!

    2. Shirley Hancock

      September 19, 2018 at 1:43 PM

      Will 50/ alcohol work, my husband got it?

      1. Allison Murray

        September 19, 2018 at 4:43 PM

        Not really. I’d suggest waiting until you can get a higher concentration of alcohol.

  • Pat Ornsby

    January 29, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    Hi I am new to this and was wondering where I would buy this alcohol I have a lot of markers and thought this would be a great idea
    Thanks Pat

    1. Allison Murray

      January 29, 2016 at 7:55 AM

      I got mine at either CVS or Walmart!

  • Lisa Russell

    January 30, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Great Idea. I’m trying this as soon as I round up all the markers around here

  • Mary Fiedler

    February 14, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Hi..great idea, but how do you apply them to your pallette or project? Brush or squirt it on?

    1. Allison Murray

      February 15, 2016 at 7:55 AM

      Yes you absolutely can use a brush or dribble them straight from the bottle. I’m sure you could find squirt bottles similar to the ones the store bought alcohol inks come in if you prefer.

      1. rose

        September 30, 2016 at 10:30 PM

        I set my work on a tile outside to dry and it rained and washed it all off!!

        1. Allison Murray

          October 3, 2016 at 10:16 AM

          Oh, that stinks! Luckily it’s easy and fun to do. I hate redoing anything but I’ve done so many of these coasters over again because I love it :)

    2. Becca

      April 17, 2017 at 11:15 AM

      What about using a saline bottle top… Ones used for contacts? That would limit the amount that dribbles out, and you could have more control. Just a thought.

  • Ann Lee

    February 21, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Did you use water based markers like Crayola brand?

    1. Allison Murray

      February 21, 2016 at 6:15 PM

      As long as they aren’t ‘washable’ I don’t think you’ll have a problem.

  • Fern Marie

    February 22, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Thank you so much for this great idea! I have a professional 100 piece marker set, and half are almost completely dried out. I had been dropping alcohol on the points when I used them, but now I have a money-saving way to use the ink left in them. I have learned a lesson over the years: Artists should never throw any mediums away. Someone will eventually come up with a great idea for using them in a new way. ?

  • Cynthia Clayworth

    February 23, 2016 at 5:59 AM

    I was really happy when I ran across your tutorial! I work with polymer clay and loved the AI effect. I also belong to a group that works with AI on face book. Just wanted to tell you I ran across those little bottles at the Dollar Tree – there were 2 of those bottles and one pump bottle per package for a dollar. I bought 3 packages giving me 6 of the bottles I need for only $3! I wish I’d gotten my markers at Walmart. Instead I was at Michael’s and they only have a million different kinds of markers. I’ll just get some more. Got some that look like they might be pastel but that’s okay. I’ve opened 4 markers (have to get more alcohol – I was low anyway) by squeezing the markers just below the point until it’s almost flat (these are a very bendable plastic). Then I cut with wire snipers from my husband’s toolbox. I pulled the color thing out with tweezers, held it with the tweezers and made a slit with my Exact-o-blade. Since either my markers were smaller or the bottles bigger but I was able to put them all the way in the bottle, put the tops on and lay it on it’s side to get all the ink out. Anyway, just wanted to share. Thanks again for the tut!

  • Maria

    February 27, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    This is an interesting tutorial and please don’t think me stupid but what projects can you use alcohol inks for?

    1. Allison Murray

      February 28, 2016 at 6:31 PM

      No! You’re not stupid at all! I had a blog for YEARS and I crafted daily before I ever messed with them myself! Here are a few projects I have made: acrylic bangles, to dye resin (also to make bangles :)), to make a gorgeous tray and coasters! I hear paper crafters use them, too :)

  • marilyn needham

    February 29, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    What a good idea,( who would have thunk it—(thought it?) what sort of alcohol do you use, and would you be able to stamp with it if you put some of it on a sponge? Cheers and thankyou, Marilyn.xx.

    1. Allison Murray

      February 29, 2016 at 4:45 PM

      Yes! You should be able to stamp with it. That could be quite lovely, I’m sure! I used 91% Isopropyl Alcohol I got from the first aid section of the grocery store!

  • Renee V.

    March 2, 2016 at 1:07 AM

    Love this idea, thanks for the great tutorial. Pinning now :)

  • Clemencia

    March 3, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    thank you so much for the tutorial, I love to re purpose things specially if it has to do with art, but now I am curious… what do you use alcohol inks for?

    1. Allison Murray

      March 4, 2016 at 7:43 AM

      Here are a few projects I have made: acrylic bangles, to dye resin (also to make bangles :)), to make a gorgeous tray and coasters! I hear paper crafters use them, too :)

  • Aiesha

    March 6, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Hi, just wondering whether you can use food coloring instead of markers? Seems a bit easier, not sure if effective.

    1. Allison Murray

      March 7, 2016 at 7:49 AM

      I haven’t tried food coloring, if you do let me know how it goes? If I do I’ll post the results here!

    2. Lori

      February 23, 2017 at 8:42 PM

      Hi..Great tutorial…I tried it…But…The alcohol smell was so strong…Did I do something wrong??

      1. Allison Murray

        February 24, 2017 at 1:09 PM

        Unfortunately the alcohol ink is very strong.

  • Deb

    March 8, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    To make less mess when pulling out the ink from the bottles I use twizers.

  • Kat

    April 14, 2016 at 12:32 AM

    Thanks for the wonderful money saving ideas. Is it just rubbing alcohol that you use??

    1. Allison Murray

      April 14, 2016 at 7:39 AM

      Yes, grab some rubbing alcohol from the first aid kit and you’re set!

  • Anna

    April 15, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Thanks for the great tip!
    For less mess I just thread the top of the ink barrel with thread and then I use the thread to pull the ink barrel out of the bottle.

  • Eunice

    April 17, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Can this ink be use to write on paper? My daughter needs to make a pen for a project at school.

    1. Allison Murray

      April 17, 2016 at 3:19 PM

      If you make the ink highly concentrated I would think you could. As it stands what I have is very thin and I think that might be an issue for leaking. They do sell ink that she could put into a pen and India Ink might be the way to go with that if she wants a pretty color.

  • Loretta

    June 25, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Can you use the homemade ink on glass beads? I have seen it done with the commercial ink, but that is too expensive to use with kids at camp.

    1. Allison Murray

      June 25, 2016 at 2:11 PM

      My ink does well on paper but not as well on hard surfaces as a commercial ink.

  • Christy Leonard

    September 2, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    I have an issue with the ink not drying well. I am using them on ceramic tiles and after the alcohol evaporates the ink is still wet and doesn’t completely dry. Any advice?

    1. Allison Murray

      September 5, 2016 at 8:37 AM

      It sounds like it is an issue with the original ink source. What brand/kind did you use? Perhaps a change to a different brand would yield different results? So far I’ve only really used my homemade versions on paper as I can’t seem to get saturation I’m happy with for other mediums…

  • LEONA DIMEN

    October 6, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Great tutorial!!! I have artist’s markers that have dried out and now I can use them BUT I would like to use the Al inks made here on wine glasses. …..I have a few questions….will this ink work on glass?
    How long does it take to dry?
    Will it be permanent enough not to smear off with hand-washing only of these wineglasses?
    Would vinegar help the inks to dry better??
    Should I use a fixative by Krylon to protect my work??
    Sorry for the numerous questions…..BUT I loved your commentary and the tutorial how-to!!!
    Thanks!

    1. Allison Murray

      October 9, 2016 at 10:50 AM

      Definitely use a fixative to protect your work. These tend to not be as saturated as store-bought inks. On something transparent, like glass, I think I’d go with store-bought for a more vibrant look. If sealed and hand washed with care your work should last a long time!

  • Joni

    November 2, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    I have been using AI for about a year I have made lots of coasters and then I started on YUPO paper, but it’s expensive. I now use the reverse side of glossy photo paper and it has worked great. You can use the glossy side, but it doesn’t give the same effect. I prep the reverse with 91% alcohol and then add the inks and more alcohol. Just a preference. I love AI and like you, I want to try a less expensive alternative. Thanks for the TUT.

  • Carlie Arntsen

    November 2, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    You’re my kind of creative artist plus you’re willing to share! If I had a nickel for every marker I’ve thrown away I could take a vacation. Thanks again for your blog.

  • Toni

    December 11, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Do you have to remove the ink cartridges from the bottle or could you leave them in the bottle to continue to darken the color?

    1. Allison Murray

      December 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM

      You know I think you could probably leave them if you want to. The cartridge’s nature is to stay moist so it will suck up the liquid. When you get to the end you’ll still have some in that cartridge.

  • Nina

    February 22, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    HI,
    Question can these be used on metal?
    I know the ones bought in the stores can be. Thanks

    1. Allison Murray

      February 23, 2017 at 8:15 AM

      Hi, Nina! My homemade alcohol inks aren’t quite as potent as the ones bought in stores. I think that for the maximum vibrancy on metal crafts I’d probably stick with name brand.

  • Tanya

    February 28, 2017 at 10:29 PM

    Thank you for sharing ❤

  • Michael

    March 2, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    RIT, PAASCHE dyes? Very cheap just after Easter egg rush at Dollar General, Family Dollar, Walgreens, CVS…

  • Julia

    March 4, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Can tube water colors be used to make the alcohol ink? Just curious, I have many tubes of watercolors and would like to try this. Thanks

    1. Allison Murray

      March 5, 2017 at 1:32 PM

      I think that the paint would leave behind a sediment in the inks but perhaps if you strained them it could work. If you have a tube that you don’t mind wasting, if it comes to it, you might give it a shot as an experiment. My gut instinct is that it wouldn’t work well but I have been very wrong before :)

      1. Julia

        March 5, 2017 at 10:42 PM

        I am just going to have to try this and see what happens. I love experimenting with paints. Thanks for the info.. I just have to try alcohol ink. It looks amazing.

  • Anna Nguyen

    April 14, 2017 at 12:48 AM

    Hi, I made the alcohol ink and some of my colors had little thingys (grains I guess, but really really really small) And I squirted the ink onto paper and it had blotches in it. Is there any way I can remedy that?

    1. Allison Murray

      April 14, 2017 at 10:07 AM

      You can always filter them with a coffee filter. Works great!

  • Jeanine

    June 20, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Hey Allison!! As soon as I saw this post I ordered your book! AMAZING! Although I need more time to go through it! Also,Mthank you cuz I ordered the heat responsive pigment powders from. Solar thing lol too! So many thanks!

  • Lee-Ann Blake

    August 6, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Hey Allison. Just wanted to say such a big thank you. My name is Lee-Ann I live in New Zealand. Trying to find alcohol inks here is just impossible. So being able to make my own is just great. So again thank you. My husband and my daughter are very happy to as they are so over hearing me moan and whinge about not being able to find it. Cheers all the way from New Zealand. 🌹🌹🍷🍷🍺🍺

  • Sherri

    December 3, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Hi Allison. I love this idea. I want to try this on the bottom of wine glass and their stems. Will this ink work on that. Also can you dishwasher with this homemade alcohol inks or hand wash only.

    1. Allison Murray

      December 5, 2017 at 5:03 PM

      To be honest this works best on paper and is more faint than store-bought sets. I’d strongly suggest buying the colors you’d like for significantly more vibrancy. Also, you’ll need to seal them, dishwasher safe Mod Podge works well but, despite the name, does best with hand-washing for longevity :)

  • Traci

    January 18, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Does the marker need to be dry before doing this process? Or can you use the marker as it comes right out of the box? Thanks.

    1. Allison Murray

      January 22, 2018 at 9:06 AM

      The colors will be a bit stronger straight out of the box!

  • Amy

    January 18, 2018 at 10:19 PM

    How about using sharpies or other permanent markers? Would they work?

    1. Allison Murray

      January 22, 2018 at 9:07 AM

      Permanent markers will actually work better than these. You’ll get better colors in the end.

    2. Donna Khoury

      March 4, 2018 at 3:26 PM

      Dollar Tree has permanent ink markers similar to Sharpies. They have several colors and they’re either 8 or 6 for a dollar

      1. Allison Murray

        March 7, 2018 at 2:52 PM

        Boom! Look at you. Thanks for the tip!

        1. Ruth

          May 31, 2018 at 11:43 AM

          I use bingo dobbers the same way, lots of ink, try it

          1. Allison Murray

            June 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM

            That’s genius. There is definitely a ton of in those things! Thanks :)

  • Kelly Gibbons

    January 22, 2018 at 10:07 PM

    Found this post earlier this evening. I needed colors fast but had no rubbing alcohol in the house so I used Tito’s Vodka! It worked great-my husband is appalled that I’d want to use it for such a thing instead of drinking it-but it did the crafting trick! Thank you so much for this post!

    1. Joann

      January 28, 2018 at 7:02 AM

      That what I call alchol abuse! But awesome make do idea.

  • Stephanie Lovallo

    February 4, 2018 at 5:57 AM

    Thank you I ran out of green and my local Michaels has no alcohol ink at all This is perfect I have lots of markers 👍😊

  • Christine

    February 6, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    I’ve been doing my own as well. I found Amazon had the same droppers that Tim Holtz does, big bag of 50 to 100 for not much. I’m trying to get more saturated color, and noticed that Adirondack alcohol inks have propylene glycol, which can also be purchased through Amazon. I’m gonna doing some testing and see if color improves. I also tried Rit liquid dye and didn’t love the color, but hey, pastels do come in handy at times. Love your suggestions, and thanks!

    1. Rebecca

      February 12, 2018 at 3:51 AM

      Hey can you use the ink from printer ink cartridge? I have a bunch left over after buying a new printer. Going to try it

      1. Allison Murray

        March 7, 2018 at 3:01 PM

        Hmm. This is an interesting idea and if it’s a liquid like ink jet rather than powdered toner I’d think it would work just fine… Let us know if you try!

  • Sejal

    March 26, 2018 at 6:23 AM

    Hey just wondering that can we use vinegar instead of alcohol …plz reply

    1. Allison Murray

      March 26, 2018 at 11:58 AM

      I’m sorry but, no. Alcohol inks work because of how quickly the alcohol evaporates. Best of luck!

  • Sergey

    May 6, 2018 at 7:28 PM

    Do whiteboard/expo-markers work?

    1. Allison Murray

      May 8, 2018 at 10:59 AM

      I think probably not. You know when you wipe away dry erase marker from a board it leaves sort of “stuff” that’s like sort of gritty and kind of moist behind that balls up? I’m thinking whatever additive that does that so you can wipe the ink away would probably gum up the works. But if you have some on hand to try, let me know how the experiment turns out?

  • Pam

    May 9, 2018 at 11:37 AM

    Does the alcohol need to be a certain percentage or will and percent work?

    1. Allison Murray

      May 14, 2018 at 9:53 AM

      The higher the alcohol content the better your results. I tend to go with 91% because I can pick that up at the grocery store, but they sell even stronger rubbing alcohols online.

  • Shirley McLaughlin

    May 9, 2018 at 7:04 PM

    Does it matter what percent alcohol is used?

    1. Allison Murray

      May 14, 2018 at 9:52 AM

      The higher the alcohol content the better your results. I tend to go with 91% because I can pick that up at the grocery store, but they sell even stronger rubbing alcohols online.

  • Kate Greenway

    May 13, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    GENIUS!!!! I am going to try this! THANK YOU!!!!!!

  • Sharon

    August 13, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    I am loving this!I’m a 1st time user w/AI &so didn’t want to pay the price for them🙄 I’m going to have all my family & friends save their markers *permanent 1s* for me I just wish I had some alcohol right now. Thank you for sharing this😊

  • Loretta

    September 16, 2018 at 8:00 PM

    Thanx

  • Jude

    September 19, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    wow what a brilliant idea for using up the grandchildren’s sharpies I have a lot of grandchildren and a lot of sharpies that somehow the lids are not on, cause they must of fallen off nana, now I wont mind as much as I can make inks with them
    Thank you for the tutorial

  • Meredith Connor

    September 27, 2018 at 8:16 AM

    Could you use ink pads used from stamping?

    1. Allison Murray

      September 29, 2018 at 5:55 PM

      I don’t see why not. Let us know how it works for you?

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