Tutorial – Using Alcohol Inks

29 Jun

I love using the Adirondack Alcohol Inks. They are great for use with hard surfaces like metal or glass or glossy paper, etc. They are permanent, fast drying, transparent, acid free dye inks. There are also metallic mixatives you can use to add that little bit of extra oomph to your work (I always love the sparkly stuff). There is also a blending solution that activates the inks and which lightens and blends the inks.

One thing that is sometimes an issue is that the inks are so fast-drying that it is hard to get a good blending on some surfaces. But with this technique you can use many more surfaces with the alcohol inks.

I used the Nature Walk colors (wild plum, butterscotch, stream) and the Metallic Mixatives (pearl, copper) and the Alcohol Blending solution. I start with a piece of paper to cover my work surface and then place a piece of wax paper over that. The inks can leak through, so it is best to protect your surface. This method works great for flat surfaces.

Nature Walk Alcohol Inks, Metallic Mixatives, Blending solution



So start by sprinkling some of the alcohol inks onto the wax paper. You can use one color or mix several colors together.  Play with the different combinations to find what you like.



So you can see I used several colors sprinkled on the wax paper.  Then added some of the metallic mixatives as well. And you can also add some blending solution here if you like. You then start laying out your surfaces right into the inks and sort of smoosh them around.


smooshing the inks


As you start soaking up the colors, you can sprinkle more inks onto the wax paper before smooshing your next surface (smooshing is the technical term of course). The inks will start to dry on the wax paper as you go, which is when you add some of the blending solution to activate the inks again. Just play around with different surfaces and the different colors that are available and see what happens.

paper tag


paper napkin


multi-purpose cloth




metal piece


glossy photo paper


a bunch of fun inked pieces


a piece of canvas panel


inked multi-purpose cloth


Look at how much fun you can have with the alcohol inks.  The inks come in a variety of colors, which you can get at the Blue Twig Studio store. Always remember to have fun!

And let your inner artist out to play!


5 Responses to “Tutorial – Using Alcohol Inks”

  1. Kathy King July 1, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Thanks so much, Deb. Some great ideas here for me to try!


    • lifeofdeb July 1, 2011 at 11:14 am #

      Have fun playing. I’ve been looking around the house thinking of other things to try as well. It’s all about experimenting.


  2. Sonja Milojevic August 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I love everything you made with alcohol inks! Gorgeous colors! And so much you could do with them!


    • lifeofdeb August 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

      I’m finding that the alcohol inks are much more versatile than I originally thought. I’m having fun with them.



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