How to Make Your Own Alcohol Based Ink

By Chelsea Hoffman

When you customize your own stationary, you can use it for special events like weddings, parties and other occasions. You can also use it to simply craft letters to those you care about. Part of customizing stationary is experimenting with homemade inks. Making homemade ink isn't difficult when you use an alcohol base. Homemade alcohol-based ink can be whipped up in minutes in your kitchen or craft room, and can be used immediately for any of your ink-related projects.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 oz. mixing bowl
  • Disposable stirring wands
  • 1 oz. mica mineral powder
  • 3 oz. rubbing alcohol
  • Disposable pipette
  • 4 oz. ink well or jar

Step 1

Add the mica mineral pigment powder to the mixing dish you have selected. Mica mineral powder is found in craft supply shops and comes in virtually every color.

Step 2

Add two or three drops of rubbing alcohol to the dish of pigment powder. Stir the contents with a disposable stirring wand until it forms a sort of paste.

Step 3

Add the rest of the rubbing alcohol gradually, stirring with the wand as you do. The gradual addition of the alcohol dissolves the pigment adequately.

Step 4

Suck up the resulting ink with a disposable pipette and then inject it into the inkwell or bottle you have selected.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with different mica blends to create myriad ink colors. You can make matte black ink and even iridescent gold and other colored inks.
  • Use the homemade ink in your reloadable ballpoint and fountain pens, or as an ink paint with brushes.