Ways to Apply Alcohol InksAlcohol Inks are highly-pigmented, acid-free, and fast drying inks that work on non-porous surfaces. They mix well and create vivid marble-like effects on many unique mediums. The ways you can use alcohol inks are pretty endless, but we have narrowed it down to 25 ideas for you today. Before we get into that, let’s breakdown some of the supplies you’ll need for your project.

Alcohol Ink

We like the Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink by Ranger and the Jacquard Pinata Alcohol Ink. Both are available at our stores and come in a large array of colors.

Alcohol Inks - All About them


A felt applicator is great to use when you are using the Blot or Dab Method. The Tim Holtz Applicator is a great size and comes with extra pads so you can keep them with like colors.

Time Holtz Alcohol Ink Applicator

Blending Solution

The Blending Solution from Ranger is used to lighten the colors and to enhance the movement of the colors.  It also works great at removing color from hands, slick surfaces, and tools.

Tim Holtz Blending Solution

There are so many ways you can use Alcohol Inks. We are showing you just a handful of ideas. Each of our locations has this Alcohol Ink board to showcase different ideas for using alcohol inks. One of the things that makes these inks really useful is that you can have something in a basic white or clear color (for example sequins or glitter) and then make it whatever color you want with the alcohol inks – no need to buy the item in every color. 

Here are 25 Ways to Use Alcohol Inks

  1. Crystal Fiber
  2. Acrylic Gems
  3. Large Pearls (real or fake)
  4. Geodes
  5. Marbles
  6. Wood (wood is a porous material, as is fabric, but Alcohol Inks still work on it as you can see. You would want to use it for small projects as it takes more ink.)
  7. Sequins
  8. Acrylic or Glass Knobs
  9. Adhesive Pearls
  10. Metal
  11. Glass – see framed glass project >
  12. Mirror
  13. Glitter
  14. Sand – see a video here >
  15. Adhesive Gems
  16. Plastic
  17. Fabric
  18. Plastic Letters
  19. Glitter Paper
  20. Glossy Paper
  21. Yupo Paper
  22. Foil
  23. Acetate
  24. Shrinky Dink Film
  25. Ceramic – see ceramic tile project >


Check out the gallery below of projects we’ve done at the stores using alcohol ink