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Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses

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The technique of watercolor dates back to ancient times, used to decorate manuscripts, color maps, create miniature portraits, and even to study nature. Yet it is currently a hot trend in today’s design community. I’ve seen it on stationary, fabric, and many other design elements. So why not bring it to your table?

Acquiring the ‘look’ of watercolor on ceramic is easy to do, using alcohol inks. They are solid based dyes that can be used on non-porous materials, like plastic, glass, and metal. They come in an array of vibrant colors and are readily available at craft stores or online. By diluting the alcohol inks with either drugstore rubbing alcohol or specially formulated ink extenders, you create the illusion of softly blended watercolor paint.

These are not only easy to make, but also very cost effective as we transformed simple dollar store items into gorgeous high-end looking pieces.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
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See how you can use this method on mugs, drinking glasses, and even wine glasses.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
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Supplies:

  • Ceramic mug, drinking glass, wine glass
  • 90% alcohol (or rubbing alcohol)
  • Cotton
  • Paint brush
  • Alcohol inks
  • Sealant (we used dishwasher-safe Mod Podge)

Ceramic Mug

Directions:

Step 1: Wash and dry your mug, and then wipe thoroughly with alcohol.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
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Step 2: Dip brush in alcohol and brush over mug.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
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Step 3: Dip separate brush into alcohol ink and brush onto mug. It’s very important to work quickly, prior to the alcohol drying.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
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Step 4: “Spread” ink by gently blowing through a straw.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
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Continue spreading ink until desired effect is achieved.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
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Step 5: Allow ink to dry and if satisfied with the end result, apply a coat of dishwasher-safe sealant (I used Mod Podge).

Drinking Glass

Directions:

Step 1: Wash and dry glass thoroughly. Use brush to apply alcohol onto glass.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
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Step 2: Dip a separate brush into alcohol ink and apply to glass.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
Image Source: Lucy Akins

Step 3: Unlike the straw-blowing technique used with the mug, you simply tilt your glass upside down and allow paint to naturally “spread” down the glass.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
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Step 4: Paint bottom of glass if desired.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
Image Source: Lucy Akins

Step 5: Allow ink to dry and if satisfied with the end result, apply a coat of dishwasher-safe sealant (I used Mod Podge).

Wine Glass

Directions:

Step 1: Drip alcohol onto wine glass by collecting alcohol on straw.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
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Step 2: Brush ink onto wine glass where alcohol was previously placed.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
Image Source: Lucy Akins

Step 3: Tilt glass and gently spin around to “spread” the ink.

Note: alternatively, you can use felt to dab ink right onto the glass for a dipped effect.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
Image Source: Lucy Akins

Step 4: Allow ink to dry and if satisfied with the end result, apply a coat of dishwasher-safe sealant (I used Mod Podge).

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses
Image Source: Lucy Akins

Feel free to experiment with various colors and consistencies of ink, as the possibilities are endless and unique. If you find you’re not happy with a result, simply wash or wipe off with alcohol prior to applying the sealant and start again. Most importantly, let your creativity flow and have fun with the process of turning an inexpensive dollar store item into a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece.

Article Posted 12 months Ago

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