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How to Use Alcohol Ink on Glass
Using Alcohol Ink on Glass
Using is very easy, and very pretty! I had several colors of Adirondack Alcohol Ink that I had used for making cards, and I wanted to see how to use Alcohol Inks on glass for other projects. I saw this fun project on Pinterest, and just had to try it! I already had a mixture of glassware. The results were stunning and pretty easy!! Adirondack Alcohol Inks are made by Ranger. They can be applied in a variety of ways to achieve different effects. This effect is called the spatter technique, and I think it's the easiest. Alcohol Ink on Glass
Many people have not heard of Alcohol Ink, but it is readily available at most Craft Stores. Before using the alcohol ink on glass, clean the glass and remove any labels using a mild dishwashing detergent. Let dry completely before applying the alcohol ink.
My Mom, Aunt, Sister-in-law, and I get together for GIRLY DAY every other month. This was my project for April, and it was a big hit!
All Photos by Pam Larmore, All Rights Reserved.
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink by Tim Holtz - Buy Alcohol Ink on Amazon!
Amazon offers a wide variety of Alcohol Ink colors at VERY GOOD prices. They also have the stamper applicator and felt. I did not use them for this technnique, but you can get really pretty patterns by using them. You want a variety of colors of Alcohol Inks for all your projects. I prefer the bright, cheerful colors, but my Mom loves the fall, earthy tones.
Alcohol Ink on Glass Candle Holders
This alcohol ink project is quick and inexpensive. Using Alcohol Ink on thrift store finds is a rewarding hobby! I rescued these brandy snifters from asecond hand store for a whopping 10 cents each! Imagine all the vases, pottery, and glassware that you can buy inexpensively to make these. Smooth glass containers work best for this technique. Cut or embossed glass works with other alcohol ink techniques, but not this one. The dollar store also has a great variety of glassware. They had votive cups in 4 different shapes and 3 different kinds of vases. They also had clear dinner plates. These would be beautiful alcohol ink project if applied to the back of the glass plate. Then you could seal it and use it for a cake or cookies. I don't suggest putting alcohol ink on the surface that will touch food.
Visit All Thumbs Crafts to see other alcohol ink projects.
What is Alcohol Ink?
How to Use Alcohol Inks on Glass and Other Surfaces
Warning: Alcohol ink stains! It really stains your hands, but wears off pretty quickly. You can also wear rubber gloves, but I find it difficult to grip the glass when wearing gloves. If you get Alcohol Inks where you don't want it, you can clean it up with regular rubbing alcohol from the drugstore.
Do not use alcohol ink on glassware that will touch food or beverages. It is for decorative purposes only.
Alcohol inks can be used on any nonporous surface. It works great on glassware, ceramics, metal, tin, plastic, and glossy paper. The colors will not blend on wood or regular cardstock. Alcohol Ink Projects dry very fast, so you need to work quickly. It will take some experimenting to get different effects.
The combination of Alcohol Ink and compressed air makes lots of fumes! Make sure you are in a well ventilated area. When the weather is nice, I prefer to do it outside,
When you're finished, seal the glassware with at least 2 coats of clear acrylic spray. Rustoleum and Krylon both make sprays in a variety of finishes.
The Spatter Alcohol Ink Technique
To make this alcohol ink project, you will need glassware, a canned of compressed air (from the office supply store), and Alcohol Ink. That's it! The ink comes in a bottle with a dropper type dispenser. Drop the ink onto the glass. Three drops covers a good size area. Quickly, spray the ink with the compressed air. It makes a spatter pattern. You will get different effects depending on the angle of the spray. As you use different colors, they will blend together creating new colors. The ink dries very quickly! In this photo, my aunt and sister-in-law are working together, because it was very windy outside. One held the vase and dropped the ink, and the other sprayed the compressed air.
To get the spatter look with alcohol ink on glass, you will need compressed air with the straw. It is very important to use the straw so that you can aim the air exactly where you want it.
Tim Holtz Using Alcohol Ink
Tim Holtz demonstrates the ink spatter technique on glossy paper. The technique is the same on glass or metal.
Alcohol Inks Come in Beautiful Colors
Adirondack Alcohol Inks come in a lots of colors from brights to darks, and four metallic blenders. The colors that I used on these candleholders are Lettuce, Wild Plum, and Stream. They are wonderful summer colors, but I can't wait to try gold, orange, and dark green! There is a wide variety of colors for all of your alcohol ink projects. The bottles aren't very big, but it goes a long way.
The Enchanted Gallery has a wonderful color chart showing all of the colors. She also shows alcohol ink used in different color combinations and on different items.
Alcohol Ink Sets on Ebay
After playing with the Alcohol Inks on Glass for a few weeks, my daughter and I decided we needed more colors for our projects! We ordered 9 new colors to add to our collection.
Sealing Alcohol Ink on Glass
Alcohol Ink Projects must be sealed with 2-3 coats of clear acrylic sealer. Spray on thin coats so that it doesn't run or drip. Rustoleum and Krylon make sealers in Matte, Satin, and Glossy finishes. Apply in a well ventilated area.