Use alcohol ink on fabric? Yes, you can!
My Favorite Hack
Alcohol ink is one of my favorite tools, especially in marker form. But paper isn’t where most of my ink is used. My go-to for this miraculous colorant is fabric.
I stumbled upon this hack a couple of years ago online when a theater mentioned using the ink to change the color of satin buttons needed for a production.
Since then, I’ve used alcohol ink whenever I get the chance. It’s my favorite way to color satin, velvet, cotton, linen, faux fur, silk, and any other fabric that needs a change-up.
Most recently, I used markers to add color to skulls on cotton print fabric which I then used to craft a Halloween bangle bracelet.
But why markers?
Using the ink via a marker makes the process easier to control, which is why you often see me breaking out the markers instead of the dye. Either is great – just pick what is best suited to your project.
And, as you’d expect, alcohol ink also comes in handy for paper projects. For example, I often use markers to color the edges of white-core paper to give projects a cleaner, more finished appearance.
My most frequent use of alcohol ink on fabric is to color velvet pumpkins from Hobby Lobby. The store has a variety of colors – navy, burgundy, grey, green, orange, and even leopard print, but I always grab several bundles of cream.
The ivory tone makes it easy for me to get velvet pumpkins in whatever color my project needs by simply coloring the pumpkin using an alcohol ink marker.
I usually buy the stems to work them into wreaths, floral arrangements, and accessories, but you can also use the mini pumpkins.
I pop off the plastic stem, use the marker to color the alcohol ink on fabric of the pumpkin, reinsert the stem, and I’ve got what I need.
Until next time.