fired ink art

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I’m a pretty pathetic artist. It’s true. When I was a kid no one wanted me on their team for Pictionary because I couldn’t draw anything, and in junior high my art teacher used to say “tell me about this picture” because she didn’t want to admit she had no idea what it was supposed to be. So ya, art’s not one of my strengths. Which is why I like today’s project so much. This easy fired ink art turns out beautiful and takes no artistic talent whatsoever. It’s so easy that kids can create a “masterpiece” in minutes, but it’s fun for adults to play with too.

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With only a few supplies and in only a few minutes you (and I!) can make pretty artwork for your wall.

The process couldn’t be simpler: remove the glass from a picture frame. Drop alcohol inks onto the glass, then add rubbing alcohol. Swirl to combine, then light the alcohol on fire. As the inks & alcohol burn, they create beautiful designs.

A few more notes about the process:

  • For this project, you want to use Ranger alcohol inks (affiliate link). You can order them online or buy them at your local Jo-Anns or Michaels. They are about $10 for a pack of three, so it’s nice to use coupons to get them cheaper. I’d probably recommend getting at least 6 colors, but it’s even more fun if you have a wider variety of colors to play with. Each bottle goes a long way so you’ll be able to use them over and over again.
  • We used the glass out of dollar store pictures frames, but you can also use inexpensive tiles from Home Depot (the white 4×4 inch tiles are super cheap).
  • If you don’t like how your design turns out, try adding more ink and more alcohol and lighting it again. It’s fun to experiment with different techniques, such as dropping the ink, swirling the ink, spritzing the alcohol instead of dropping it, etc. You can also use alcohol to clean off the glass or tile and start over.
  • Use 91% rubbing alcohol for best results.
  • After the fire has burned out, the glass will be completely dry. It also cools down quite quickly.
  • Once you are happy with a design, you may want to seal it with polyurethane spray. Otherwise, if it gets wet it could smear.
""With only a few supplies and in only a few minutes you (and I!) can make pretty artwork for your wall.

This fired ink art is so cool! It's easy enough for kids to do and turns out beautiful! Great summer craft activity to do with your kids. DIY home decor or wall art.

The process couldn’t be simpler: remove the glass from a picture frame. Drop alcohol inks onto the glass, then add rubbing alcohol. Swirl to combine, then light the alcohol on fire. As the inks & alcohol burn, they create beautiful designs.

With only a few supplies and in only a few minutes you (and I!) can make pretty artwork for your wall.

This fired ink art is so cool! It's easy enough for kids to do and turns out beautiful! Great summer craft activity to do with your kids. DIY home decor or wall art.

The process couldn’t be simpler: remove the glass from a picture frame. Drop alcohol inks onto the glass, then add rubbing alcohol. Swirl to combine, then light the alcohol on fire. As the inks & alcohol burn, they create beautiful designs.With only a few supplies and in only a few minutes you (and I!) can make pretty artwork for your wall.With only a few supplies and in only a few minutes you (and I!) can make pretty artwork for your wall.With only a few supplies and in only a few minutes you (and I!) can make pretty artwork for your wall.With only a few supplies and in only a few minutes you (and I!) can make pretty artwork for your wall.With only a few supplies and in only a few minutes you (and I!) can make pretty artwork for your wall.With only a few supplies and in only a few minutes you (and I!) can make pretty artwork for your wall.With only a few supplies and in only a few minutes you (and I!) can make pretty artwork for your wall.
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