Alcohol Inks can be applied to colour many clear and opaque non-porous surfaces (plastic, glass, stickers etc.) Try the ideas below....
- Adirondack Alcohol Inks
- Black Oil Based Ink Pad
- Adirondack Blending Solution
- Rubber Stamps
- Felt Rectangles
- Glad Bake or other waxed food wrap
- A5 Coloured Card Applicator Tool
- Clear Plastic / Glass / Epoxy Stickers
- Choose 3 colours of Adirondack Ink and gently squeeze the nozzle (one bottle at a time) onto the felt of the applicator (min squeeze length of 3 seconds). Leave a little room between each colour, or the colours may become muddied.
- Stamp the inked felt onto the surface of the item (I used a metal ring, watch face, glossy card, a plastic disc, a Heidi Swapp clear plastic letter). On the see through plastic pieces I stamped on the back so that the inks would wear better.
- Keep the Applicator Tool moving so that noticeable patterns do not develop. Repeat until the whole piece is coloured – add more ink as needed.
- Gently squeeze Blending Solution onto felt of applicator (on top of the colours previously used), only a little bit – about 3 seconds worth – and then apply this over the top of the inked surface. This will blend the colours and lighten them in places – just beautiful!
- For even lighter spots, drip the Blending Solution directly onto the coloured surface.
- Try this on a new item using different colours – don’t forget to change the piece of felt between combinations.
- The piece can now be used as a stunning embellishment, piece of jewellery or decoration. Don’t forget if the piece is going to be handled a lot it will need to be coated with a protective sealer like clear Opals or a clear spray-on coating.
Hints & Tips:
- Try a packing tape transfer (like card at right) and colour with alcohol inks.
- It’s pointless attempting to exactly replicate an effect – Alcohol inks are never the same twice.
- Don’t be afraid to try new colours – be adventurous – the most unlikely pairings could result in a truly stunning combination!
- Don’t mix more than 3 colours at a time, if more colours are required wait until one layer has dried before applying more ink.