Homemade Alcohol Ink

One short but sweet version from someone in the community: “Take a permanent ink Sharpie and, using gloves, cut it open to remove the felt tube that contains the ink. Soak in 1/4 – 1/2 cup of 91% iso. alcohol. (use a small jar with a lid to avoid rapid evaporation). Let soak…the longer the stronger the pigment.” Searching the community discussion using “Sharpie” or “homemade” will get you more lengthy advice.  

There are many, many videos on YouTube providing instructions. Search for “homemake alcohol ink” gives you dozens of choices

Is it worth it? The community seems pretty evenly split

  • Pro: cheaper
  • Con: the ink can have fibers in it from the Sharpie marker, less “saleable”for finished work, relatively small cost and large selection of colors of established ink. 
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Laurie "Trumpet" Williams is an alcohol ink artist and founder of the Alcohol Ink Art Community. She is also a digital marketing consultant helping artists and small businesses with online marketing strategies. Check out Laurie's full bio here: Laurie Trumpet Williams, Alcohol Ink Artist & Instructor.

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