How to make colored ink

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How to make colored ink
Homemade ink adds a personal touch to your notes and stationery. (bottle of ink image by Alfonso d"Agostino from

Making your own coloured ink gives you the opportunity to turn your letters and sentimental writings into personalised items. Homemade ink, regardless of the use, is simple to make and requires only a couple of ingredients. Whether you're mixing pen ink, permanent tattoo ink or a painting ink for your unfinished porcelain knick-knacks, knowing how to make coloured ink from scratch enables you to create bold and bright colours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 29.6ml rubbing alcohol
  • 28.4gr mica mineral flakes
  • Mortar and pestle
  • 59.1ml bottle with lid
  • Small funnel or spoon
  • Newspaper or paper plate

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  1. 1

    Pour an ounce of rubbing alcohol into a 59.1ml bottle, which can be glass, plastic or even chrome. Let the alcohol sit in the open bottle while you grind the mica flakes.

  2. 2

    Crush up to 28.4gr of mica minerals with a mortar and pestle, grinding the mica into a fine powder. Mica minerals are available online from cosmetic crafting suppliers. Black, blue, purple, green and tones of every other colour of the rainbow exist in mica mineral flakes.Choose any colour you want to make a bright and bold ink. Experiment with mixing different colours to create your own signature blends.

  3. 3

    Add the ground mica to the rubbing alcohol in the bottle using a funnel or by carefully spooning it in. Do this over newspaper or a paper plate to catch any fallen mica powder.

  4. 4

    Cap the bottle and shake it vigorously for about two minutes. Make sure that every bit of powdered mica mineral dissolves in the rubbing alcohol. The end result is a homemade ink that can be applied with a paintbrush or dip pen, or you can fill empty pen tubes with ink for homemade stationery crafts.

Tips and warnings

  • Use glittered mica mineral, which has flecks of shimmery mica in it. This type of mica creates glittery ink for a glitzy note or greeting card.
  • Wear old clothing and gloves when making this ink as it will stain everything. It is highly permanent.

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