Alcohol Ink Class

All examples here are made with Ranger Industries Adirondack® Alcohol Inks,
Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixatives™, Alcohol Blending Solution and Alcohol Ink Applicator



Alcohol Ink Tips
  • Alcohol Inks "Reactivate" when contacted by any mixture containing alcohol
  • You can seal with a clear spray. Might be needed if going to be handled much or exposed to outdoor elements.
  • Keep the bottle closed tightly, they do evaporate
  • Do not apply directly to rubber stamps. Alcohol is never a good combination with rubber.
  • Do not put Blending Solution in a spray bottle. It contains resins that should not be inhaled.


2 color alcohol ink example

2-Color Application

  • Apply two colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Apply ink to glossy paper (by stamping or tapping applicator on paper) just covering the paper.
  • Let dry.

multi-dimensions

2-Color Multi-Dimensions

  • Apply two colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Apply ink to glossy paper, just covering the paper. Let dry.
  • Tap applicator over the paper again. Let dry.

3 color alcohol ink example

3-Color Application

  • Apply three colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Apply ink to glossy paper, going over the paper multiple times.
  • Let dry.

water and alcohol ink

Water and Ink

  • Mist a piece of glossy paper with water
  • Apply three colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Apply ink to paper, leaving some white areas.
  • Let dry.

Alcohol Inks with Alcohol

Alcohol and Alcohol Inks

  • Apply three colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Apply ink to glossy paper multiple times.
  • Spray with rubbing alcohol* in a mister. Blow on the ink to keep some of the patterns.
*Be careful not to inhale the alcohol

metallic mixatives

Metallic Mixatives™
  • Apply three colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Add one drop of black and one drop of metallic to applicator
  • Apply ink to glossy paper, just covering the paper.
  • On one half of the paper stamp multiple times for added depth and blending.
  • Let dry.

alcohol ink agate

Alcohol Ink Agate
  • Apply Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Add dot of Metallic Mixatives* and stamp on glossy paper.
  • Apply Blending Solution to same ink tool and stamp to blend over first application of inks.
  • Lightly shake Blending Solution over background to create dots.
  • Apply a drop of color directly from the bottle, inside blending solution dots to get the larger rings of color.
* Note if mixing ball gets stuck, you can poke it back down with a long needle or put the lid back on and tap the bottom of the bottle on the table.

Alcholo Ink with Pearl Mixative

Pearl Mixatives

  • Apply Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Add dot of Pearl Mixative over each dot of color.
  • Stamp onto glossy paper.
  • Apply Blending Solution to same tool and stamp to blend over first application of inks.
  • Repeat with layers of stamping to create pearlized background.
Shown with embossed rubber stamp image from Catslife Press.

black glossy paper example

Alcohol Inks on Black Glossy Paper

  • Apply all types of Adirondack Alcohol Inks Mixatives and two drops of color to ink applicator.
  • Apply to glossy black paper. Let dry.

plaid alcohol ink example

Blended Swipe

  • Blended Swipe Apply three to six colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks to an ink applicator in a neat, linear fashion, with dots of color next to one another.
  • With inked applicator starting on edge of glossy paper, swipe across, creating lines of color.
  • Flip tool and swipe again until paper is covered.
  • For plaid effect, swipe in opposite direction.

monoprint example

Alcohol Ink Monoprint

  • Scribble small amounts of Metallic Mixatives , Adirondack Alcohol Inks, and Blending Solution in the same general area on your craft sheet.
  • Place a piece of glossy paper on top of the inked craft sheet. Twist slightly and lift.
  • Allow to dry.
  • To cover the whole paper touch to ink again if necessary. Let dry.
  • Take a second piece of glossy paper for a second print.
  • You can also do this technique without Metallic Mixatives.

alcohol ink on cardstock example

Porous Surface

  • Apply Adirondack Alcohol Inks to your craft sheet.
  • Apply a few drops of blending solution to your craft sheet, too.
  • Wipe tag through the ink to see how alcohol inks look on a porous surface, like a matte sheet of paper.

non-porous example

Non-Porous Surface

  • Apply one to three colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Tap onto surface of non-porous surfaces such as metal, glass, or epoxy stickers in this case.
  • If desired, add second layer of color.

transparencies example

Transparencies

  • Squeeze one to three colors of Adirondack Alcohol Ink on an Ink Applicator.
  • Stamp onto the transparency, covering the entire area with color. Allow to dry.
  • Stamp second layer with same inked applicator, blowing on transparency as you stamp.
  • On another piece of glossy paper, stamp an image with black Archival™ Ink.
  • Attach the Transparency over the glossy paper. *
* When using paints or inks on a transparency, you should always attach them to your projects with the inked side down.

resist example

Alcohol Ink Resist

  • Squeeze two to three colors of the Adirondack Alcohol Inks onto an ink applicator. Apply ink to the glass tile and allow to dry completely.
  • Ink a rubber stamp with Jet Black Archival™ Ink and place stamp in front of you with the rubber side up.
  • Press inked side of tile onto rubber stamp.
  • Immediately buff off black ink from tile with a soft cloth. The alcohol ink will come off where you stamped.

vellum example

Ink on Vellum

  • Apply Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Add dot of Metallic Mixatives and stamp on vellum paper.
  • Apply Blending Solution to same ink tool and stamp to blend over first application of inks.

Alcohol Ink on Copper

Alcohol Ink on Copper

  • Apply three or four colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Apply ink to piece of copper metal, going over the metal multiple times.
  • Let dry.
The metal used here is from Ten Second Studio

aluminum example

Ink on Aluminum

  • Using Ten Seconds metal tools to emboss ART in the aluminum.
  • Apply three or four colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Apply ink to aluminum.
  • Let dry.
  • Using a sanding block or sand paper rub Alcohol Ink off of the raised area of ART.
The metal and tools used here are from Ten Second Studio

stamping example

Stamping and Alcohol Ink

  • Stamp on glossy paper with black ink and emboss with clear powder. Let cool.
  • Apply three or four colors of Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Apply ink to paper. Let dry.
Stamp from Stampinton & Co.

fun foam

Alcohol Ink on Fun Foam

  • Apply Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator.
  • Stamp applicator on Fun Foam or kids craft foam.

scrapbook paper

Alcohol Ink on Scrapbook Paper

  • Apply 2 coats of Golden's Clear Gel to regular scrapbook paper (or any paper that isn't glossy).
  • Let dry.
  • Apply Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator and stamp on now "glossy" paper.

beeswax

Alcohol Ink Under Beeswax

  • Apply Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator and stamp on glossy paper.
  • Let dry.
  • Apply a coat of beeswax. Creates a muted or softened affect.

glossy accent

Alcohol Ink Under Glossy Accents

  • Apply Adirondack Alcohol Inks to ink applicator and stamp on glossy paper.
  • Let dry.
  • Apply a coat of Glossy Accents™. This will alter some colors of Alcohol Ink. Has an intensifying affect.

fill color

Alcohol Ink Used as Fill Color

  • Stamp an image with clear ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.
  • Drop alcohol ink into the open areas of the stamped image (also you can apply with a paintbrush).
  • Spritz with alcohol (or leave as is).
  • This can also be done without the embossing powder.
  • More than one color can be dropped (or applied with a brush) in the same open area.
  • Metallic Mixatives™ tend to bleed more and therefore are not great for dropping.

dropped on acetate

Alcohol Ink Dropped on Acetate

  • Take various colors of alcohol ink and shake them straight from the bottle onto acetate.
  • Shake drops of blending solution over the colors.
  • Let dry naturally, a heat gun will tend to melt or distort the acetate.