Alcohol ink has been my obsession for the last few months because there are SO many projects you can do with them. They are a bit more expensive than say quality acrylics or oils, but they have way more versatility.
If you are not familiar with alcohol inks and are wanting to experiment, just know that these inks work best on non-porous surfaces. So, things like glass, clay, wax, ceramic, plastic, metal, etc. are your best “canvases”.
Below is a shot of the washer pendents I have been creating using alcohol inks…you can click HERE to check out my latest tutorial using metal stamps on these pendents too…
What is yupo anyway?
Yupo is a beautiful and mighty strong type of paper that you can use to paint with alcohol inks. It is a “tree free” synthetic paper that is derived from polypropylene pellets.
A pack this size is somewhere between $8-$10 depending on where you are shopping. I still use Yupo but I am very choosy about which art projects I use with this.
Adhesive vinyl is a shiny plastic feeling sticker that you can use for all types of things. I have used it to enhance my everyday planner, to decorate my up-cycled jelly jars & coffee cans that I use to store my crafting necessities. I recently discovered what a wonderful companion this material can be to alcohol inks.
(photo of my newly decorated and organized craft area)
Here is a few pictures of the white adhesive vinyl that I used with alcohol inks. Keep in mind the entire back side can peel off to adhere to some other item, or you could leave it in tact and frame it to make a beautiful framed work of art.
These were my first alcohol ink paintings and prove the stunning color quality that these adhesive vinyl pieces showcase. The squares above were a “grab bag” from Craftables, so there were only a few white ones out of the bunch.
Just ordered a roll of white adhesive vinyl on Amazon for a great price, but when I want lots of colors for all types of projects, I shop for these through Craftables. They offer a grab bag which is roughly $7/pound, and they have a chart to let you know approximately how many pieces you will receive.
The adhesive vinyl is great for creating your own stickers (with a Cricut machine or paper hole cut outs). Great for paper crafts. Great for decorating mugs. I even created a fun cardboard house for my toddler with these vinyl sheets!
So, there you have it. Hope you create tons of fun stuff with some adhesive vinyl.
Please comment below and share a photo or link if you tried it out!
If you have a Cricut machine, you can do so many cool and professional looking things with adhesive vinyl. So, you can do all of the above, but have a nice clean and detailed piece of vinyl for your projects. ↓