Alcohol Ink Stencil Is The Easiest Free-Form Art

Diply 27 Sep 2018

If you haven't heard of alcohol ink, it's not made from the kind of alcohol you drink. Rather, it's a translucent kind of ink that works really well to add color to all kinds of materials

You should be able to find alcohol ink in the scrapbooking section of most craft stores. But it can get a little pricey, so you can also make your own using permanent markers. Just check the interwebs for videos about how to do so.

No matter how you come by your ink, you're gonna love what you can create with it.

Gather up your materials, and let's get crafty!

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First, remove the glass from your picture frame, and put the inserts aside for later.

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You'll be using the inserts in an upcoming step, so make sure you don't throw them away or get them covered in ink!

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Put your gloves on, then, place a couple of drops of alcohol ink onto the glass.

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Just start with a few drops at first to get a feel for the ink and give yourself a chance to see how it interacts with the glass and your paintbrush.

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Dip your paintbrush into a small bowl of rubbing alcohol, and then spread around the ink on the glass.

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You can make different patterns in the ink with your brush, like swirls or circles or flowers or anything that looks cool to you.

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Continue with as many colors as you want until you get the desired look. 

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You can use the alcohol to mix together the colors, too.

Tip: You can also use the rubbing alcohol to remove any areas you don't like by applying it liberally to a cloth and wiping alcohol ink away.

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Once you're satisfied with the results and the alcohol ink is dry, place a piece of white cardstock over the dried ink and flip the glass over.

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Doesn't it already look super cool?!

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Using the white paint pen, trace over the ink, creating any pattern or design that strikes your fancy.

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You can make flowers or abstract designs or faces or nature scenes — let your imagination run wild!

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Once the white ink is dry, you're almost done! 

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Place everything back into the frame and display your alcohol ink artwork in a place of honor!

Check out the step-by-step video at the top of the article to watch how it all comes together.

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