How to Make Gel Ink

By Chelsea Hoffman

Making your own stationery and craft inks allows you to get creative with different hues and shades. Unlike ordinary alcohol-based pens and fabric paint, gel-based paint allows for easy transfer onto darker bases. Water-based gels allow for suspension of the pigments to create bold and striking colors on black paper and fabrics. Making your own gel-based ink is quick and easy.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 ounce aloe vera gelGlass bowl1 ounce mica pigment powder5 drops ethyl alcohol Disposable stirring stick Glass jar with lid

Step 1

Microwave the aloe vera gel in the glass bowl on high for about one minute, so that the gel turns into a thin liquid.

Step 2

Stir in the mica pigment and alcohol. Choose a color of mica pigment to create the color ink you want, or mix pigment powders for a different shade. For example, a half ounce of blue mica powder, a quarter ounce of royal purple mica powder and a quarter ounce of white mica pearl powder creates a shimmery purple.

Step 3

Stir the hot mixture vigorously for about two minutes.

Step 4

Pour the colored liquid into the jar and allow it to sit uncovered for about two hours, or until completely cool. The result will be a colored gel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use an injector to load the colored gel into your empty gel pens. Craft injectors, as with the other ingredients for this recipe, can be found in many craft and hobby supply stores.