Monday, April 16, 2018

ALCOHOL INKS AND YUPO PAPER SERIES WEEK #1: DIY Alcohol Inks and Alternative Products


WEEK #1 DIY Alcohol Inks and
Alternative Products

How very exciting, using alcohol inks and Yupo paper to create beautiful printed paper! It is so fun to watch how the inks move across and around the Yupo paper! Each and every time you use a clean piece of paper, a new, unique design is created! It's so very satisfying to make your own patterned paper. Just think of the possibilities!
DIY Alcohol inks with
Alternative Products

Jen has started a series of tutorials showcasing Alcohol Inks and Yupo Paper! BEWARE! She tells us that this technique is very addicting! It can also be expensive acquiring all the needed supplies. During Free Play Friday, Jen gave us some tips and tricks to DIY the materials for crafting our own beautiful designs! 

What alcohol do I use?

Use any 91% Isopropyl alcohol you may have or pick up an inexpensive brand from your local market or pharmacy. This will be the main ingredient in your DIY alcohol ink. 

What Markers can be used

Now, you get to pull apart markers! Use pliers to do this, making sure to wipe it between colors. What markers is she recommending?  Jen starts with water-based markers like Sargent and Crayola. 

Beadalon Slim Chain Nose PLIERS 

Crayola Permanent Markers

Sargent Washable Markers

She mixes them with the alcohol in 30ml. Plastic Squeezable Dropper bottles to create her DIY sprays inexpensively.

30ml plastic Squeezable
Dropper Bottles

Jen uses some alcohol-based markers, like Ohuhu, takes them apart and adds alcohol. She tests them against the water-based marker solution and then upon the different surfaces. I wonder what the difference will be in the papers. 

While the mixtures are sitting, she explains the special properties of Yupo paper. Yupo paper allows the alcohol inks to move the way they do on the surface. There is also a couple cheaper versions. One is Dura-Lar Film and it is available on Amazon!

9"x12 " Dura-Lar Film,25 sheets

What heat gun works best?

She also goes through the benefits of using Ranger's Heat It Craft Tool. If you use your regular heat gun, the one you use for heat embossing, it blows your paper around, can blow your ink right off the paper and even melt it if held in one place for too long!  How do you dry puddles of ink? What is so special about this heat gun?

Ranger's Heat it Craft Tool

Are you curious about how to pull apart a marker? 
What are the surfaces Jen experiments with?
What does it look like when the ink is applied to the Yupo paper? 
What hat is Jen wearing?

If you'd like the answer to these questions and more, Jen invites you to watch the whole video! Clicking below will take you right there!

#1 DIY Alcohol Inks and Alternative Products Tutorial

Results after mixing DIY alcohol inks 
with alcohol on the back of what type of paper?

This series continues Fridays at 5:00pm CST on Friday Free Play! Remember to watch Koala T Crafts on Wednesdays at 5:00pm CST for One in 10 by Jen: Card InJENuity from mailbox to masterpiece!

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I am very interested to try this craft and I look forward to the rest of the series! Are you? 

Great things happen to those that create! Artistically Yours,

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