Homemade Alcohol Inks

I really have wanted a set of Tim Holtz Adirondack Inks for a while but I have a problem paying $9.99 for three .5 fl oz bottles.  For that much I want them to clean up after themselves and fix me dinner.  Okay may not fix me dinner but the cleaning up after themselves would be really cool.  My mom offered to buy me a pack but even with someone paying for them.  I told her let me see if I can find a cheaper alternative than $10.00 for 1.5 fl oz.  I did some research and found Artists How To which gave a recipe using RIT Dye and Isopropyl Alcohol (a higher concentration - 91%). 

I figured I would give it a try because a bottle of Liquid RIT Dye is $2.78 (8 fl oz) at Wal-Mart and a bottle of 91% Isopropyl Alcohol is $1.48 (16 fl oz).

I bought 4 colors (the only 4 colors they had) Denim Blue, Tan, Scarlet and Dark Brown and two bottles of Isopropyl Alcohol.  In total I spent $14.08 for 288 tsp of dye and alcohol averaging about $0.04 a tsp compare to $1.11 a tsp with the Adirondack Alcohol Inks.

The other thing I want to point out is that the the recipe I found makes a ton of alcohol ink.  I cut it in half I used 1tsp of dye to a 1/4 cup of alcohol and WOW I still have a TON of it!  I think the next time I make it I will use a 1/2 tsp to an 1/8 cup of alcohol. 

I am quite impressed with the results of the ink and I like being able to mix my own colors (I am going to experiment with it some more.)  I did try powder dyes (from Dharma Trading Company) but the alcohol I used originally was only 50% and it didn't work as well.  The powder also didn't really mix it settled on the bottom of the container but I think I will be able to add more of the 90% alcohol to it to get the desired effect and maybe separate the powder from the dyed alcohol.  I am also going to experiment with food coloring and alcohol because the food coloring worked really well with the Glimmer mist.

1 tsp Scarlet RIT Dye 1/2 cup 91% Isopropyl Alcohol in a 4 oz Solo Cup (I think it had Soy Sauce in it).  I did the bigger container so I could shake it.

I used the Dark Brown Homemade Alcohol Ink on Metal Tape.  I am quite happy with how it turned out.