1. Marisa
    July 2, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Thanks for this tutorial, I really liked and as always your projects are inspiring. I’ll have to try your method for creating Alcohol inks. Thanks again, I pinned this tutorial on pinterest !


    • Linda Matthews
      July 3, 2012 @ 5:38 am

      Thanks Marisa :)


  2. Diane Kelsey
    July 3, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    A great tutorial. Do you know where you can purchased the alcohol in the UK, or if it has a different name?


    • Linda Matthews
      July 4, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

      I really don’t know, however if you do a search on wikipedia.com for rubbing alcohol you might some information that is helpful.


  3. Anne Jones
    July 4, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    Wonderful tutorial Alcohol inks are so expensive in Australia EDIT –I think rubbing alcohol is called methylated spirits in UK & Oz NO – THEY ARE DIFFERENT! Going to the $2 shop today for the pens as I already have the spirit/alcohol

    Did you intend the stencil to be soft in colour ? Maybe less alcohol will make the brew stronger and the colours stronger too?
    Thanks for this great idea


    • Linda Matthews
      July 5, 2012 @ 6:20 am

      NOTE – alcohol ink and methylated spirits are not the same thing!

      Inks are translucent so they will never provide a truly strong color and I use them for shading and adding highlighted color for which they are perfectly suited. If you want a stronger color, then you would need to use paint.


    • Caroline
      June 25, 2015 @ 8:34 pm

      I’ve been using Jan’s recipe for years, with rubbing alcohol, less than AU$10 from the chemist. Once you are set up with the first batch, its very easy to make custom colours and they last for a long time, even through our Aussie summers! I also use Jan’s other recipes from her book which is a free download on her website. Its a gold-mine of cheap alternatives to the expensive brand names.


  4. Anne
    July 7, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Great idea. Using Vodka would make it expensive I would think even if you bought a cheap brand; waste of vodka some might say haha. Would it work with acrylic ink and alcohol do you think? As some acrylic inks are cheap. I could always try it.
    Anne x


    • Linda Matthews
      July 9, 2012 @ 6:34 am

      I don’t know if it would work with acrylic ink, but I have to ask – why would you want to? I guess maybe I’m missing your purpose for wanting to do this.


  5. Mel
    February 20, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

    Linda, hand sanitiser is rubbing alcohol! I buy those in packs of three from our pound stores and just add the ink colour in the same way….instant alcohol ink sprays. The hand sanitiser loses it’s gel quality once mixed with the ink.


    • LindaM
      February 21, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

      Thanks for the tip Mel :)


  6. Anne Joones
    February 21, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

    Yes I tried it with the hand santizer and the cheap felt pens for the ink and then I ran out of felt pens for my next batch – we live in far rural NSW Australia and cant run t the corner shopping mall every day. So I looked around and found cake colourings and used a few drops of them Yes there is a definite difference in the effect as the cakes colours are more vibrant but then I had mixed them with no recipe just trial and error So now I have two sets of papers, the soft translucent felt pen inks and the smack in your face cake colours It pays too experiment with what you have on hand


  7. abby
    May 13, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    rubbing alcohol is called surgical spirit in UK and Ireland


  8. Petra Grilly
    September 24, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

    Hello my friends! To work with silk cloth and allow to dry, dilute with pure Alcohol! Greetings from gemany



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