Making Alcohol Ink

I’m out to find if homemade alcohol ink is as successful as store bought…

Also whats great is you can get the materials from the dollar store 🙂


  • Small container with lid (to store inks in)
  • Large container that can get stained
  • Standard Markers
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Gloves

Make sure to make the ink in a well ventilated area! Alcohol evaporates quickly and can cause harsh side effects if inhaled.

Step 1

Glove up! Not only will your hands get stained but the alcohol will dry your skin out.

Step 2

Remove the ink from the markers. This was a slight challenge but I pried the ends of the markers off with a pair of pliers. Then I pulled the ink sticks out with the pliers.


Step 3

To store my alcohol ink, I found these lidded containers at the dollar store.

Fill them with rubbing alcohol (I used 91%). You’ll then need to put the marker ink into the alcohol and let it sit. I used 3 markers per container. I found a few hours will remove most of the ink. Since my containers were smaller, I did flip the ink so that each end soaked in the alcohol.  Once the ink is drawn from the markers, remove the ink and lid the container. Let sit for a couple hours.


Step 4


I used one mug– On one half I used store bought alcohol ink and the other I used my homemade ink


Homemade ink took 90 minutes to dry to the touch. It’s consistency was thinner and more transparent than the store bought.


Store bought ink took just seconds to dry to the touch.



After 24 hours of drying and baking for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.


The homemade ink still washed away after baking. For this reason and because of its quickness to dry and ease of use, I prefer the store bought ink over my homemade. Also it was less messy to purchase the ink 🙂



I will continue to test different ways of making homemade alcohol ink to see if I can find a permanent ink! If you have any tips, I am happy to hear them!



Disclaimer– This is a DIY project and you are responsible for yourself if you decide to try this project. I am not liable for your actions.  Always read labels for safety and proper instructions. Remember alcohol is highly flammable.


written by tiff


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