Alcohol ink jewelry dishes are easy to create, and make beautiful handmade gifts. Caution: you may become obsessed with this creative art.
I’m a big proponent of making gifts for the holidays. I enjoy making them and I think most people enjoy receiving them. Little dishes are always useful in the home. I love using them for my earrings at the end of the day. Originally I thought about using sharpies with alcohol to make pretty dishes but then I ran across alcohol ink.
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Alcohol Ink Jewelry Dishes
f you haven’t tried alcohol inks yet, you are in for a treat. I love the transparent look they have, somewhat like very intense watercolors. I played around the many techniques and patterns you can easily create with these beautiful paints, but my favorite (no surprise) is making flowers.
- First clean your dishes with rubbing alcohol.
- Then place one drop of ink in the center and watch it bloom.
- Place a second drop on top. I used the gold for the second drop but you can experiment with different colors.
- Next choose a color for the petals.
- Place a drop just outside the center of the flower and use the canned air to shoot the ink up and out making a petal.
- Continue around with this color creating petals or add another color, in between, over top, the fun never ends.
- Note: Don’t like what you see? Use a paper towel and the rubbing alcohol to remove it and start over.
- When you are all done wait a day and give it a couple of coats of varnish to protect your masterpiece.
I ended up using a whole can of air to make twelve dishes, including experimenting and starting over a couple of times.
This may be my favorite, but that’s probably because I’m partial to blue.
There were so many combinations to create with the kit I purchased but if you have a specific color combo in mind you can easily find it. For example, this set did not have a red, and maybe you want to make a Christmas themed flower or dish.
I even made one with the ever popular black and gold Steeler colors. We may have a fight over this one.
These will be just one of the fun gifts I’ll give out at the holidays to my friends and family. Now I’m thinking about what else I can make with these fabulous inks.
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