Alcohol Inks have become a popular trend over the past few years and quite a pricy one. Ive been using alcohol markers for years and while there are many, many brands of alcohol markers with hundreds of colors to choose from, Sharpies will always be my favorite. (I'm not great at blending them anyway) They are not however, refillable like Copics are and most them have a ton of ink left in them even after they quit on you. I made my own alcohol ink with my 'retired' markers and was able to get a ton of ink in a bottle from even just one marker.
I must note that the standard alcohol inks you can buy from Tim Holtz for example do have a small amount of resin in their chemical makeup which makes them not dry out as quickly and are more archival than our homemade ones we're going to endeavor in making. If you want to try out alcohol ink with out going all in- then make your own to see how you like them. I've had a blast using them!
If you're a teacher, a mom with crafty kids, or an avid colorer yourself then you may have several markers that you have thrown away due to drying up. If you haven't discarded of them yet- hang on to them! I'm going to show you how you can make your own vibrant watercolor ink from those worn out markers.
We've all had ink pens to die out on us- even the most expensive and "best there is" pens will eventually give up. I think I've only ever used one entire pen up with its entirety of ink. ONE. What happens with the pens that don't write anymore but still have almost a full barrel of ink? We see that all the time don't we?
If you're like me, then you don't want to see something that can be used go to waste (especially if you paid for it.) I have a video tutorial on how we can take that all that ink and make our own alcohol type ink that can be used for painting, drawing, writing and spraying backgrounds.
A great way to save money and get the exact product you want is to make your own stencils. I used my Cricut to cut some alpha stencils out of ordinary plastic folders to make mine. I can't always find the font I want and this much easier to use and store than stamps. Plus- you can make them any size you want!
If you Google silhouettes, you'll find a ton of easy to use images to cut stencils with.
I also have a stencil Pinterest board if you need a jump start (: