Monday, March 2, 2020

Plastic Wrap Alcohol Ink on Small Ceramic Bowl


A while back I picked up some small white bowls from Big Lots. I already inked one bowl using the flame method, but I still have a few bowls left, so I decided to give one the plastic wrap treatment.


I got out my craft mat and some alcohol inks. Then I cleaned my bowl with rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and removed the sale sticker from the bottom. I tore a piece of plastic wrap off the roll that was large enough to cover my bowl and I set it down on my craft mat, being sure not to smooth it out.


Then I dripped ink on the plastic wrap until I liked the combination of colors and the plastic was mostly full of color.


Then I placed my bowl in the center of the plastic wrap and carefully applied the plastic wrap to the sides without smoothing it out too much. Then I flipped it over to dry.


I ended up using 7 colors on the bowl. I wanted something bright and fun so I went with Purple Twilight and Sunshine Yellow, Sailboat Blue and Watermelon Red, Clover and Raspberry, and Limeade.


I left the inked bowl to dry for 2 days, but 1 would have been enough. Just poke at the plastic and if none of the ink seems squishy and wet, you're probably good to go. It will take at least over night for it to dry.


I carefully unwrapped the bowl. I got a little ink on the inside of the bowl. I wiped that excess ink off with a napkin and some rubbing alcohol.


Once all of the plastic was off, I could see the pattern left behind and how the colors mixed in places. It turned out really pretty! I love this method of inking, it's so easy and gets such interesting results!


16 comments:

  1. Hi ! I would like to know do you use a varnish to proyect your bowl ? Thanks

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    1. I spray almost all of my projects with Kamar Varnish. It sets/seals the ink and it won't yellow. Some projects need additional sealers (like dishwasher safe mod podge over top if you want to use it as a snack bowl), but usually I use the Kamar Varnish first so that whatever sealer I use won't interact with the alcohol ink. I plan to use this one as a jewelry bowl, so the Kamar Varnish should be adequate.

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  2. Wow, it's so groovy looking. I have to try this.

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    1. Thanks! It's so easy, so it's a really addicting alcohol ink method.

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  3. Just saw your post coming by on Pinterest.
    Thnx for sharing, it looks great and rather easy to do. ❤️
    Think I am going to give it a try, I have enough white stuff in the house 😂😂.
    Time for some colour!!
    Have a nice day.
    Gery ❤️

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    1. Thanks! I hope your crafts turn out beautiful!

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  4. How did you make it look so leafy???

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    1. I just make sure the plastic is good and crinkled before applying--otherwise it's mostly luck. The patterns turn out different each time.

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  5. Beautiful....can you do it with other stains?

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    1. I don't think it would work with anything other than alcohol based dyes since it has to dry under the plastic wrap to work.

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  6. Hi! I did a couple of little bowls and love them, but one question. Is it normal for the dried ink to be sticky?

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    1. It can be--especially in areas where there was a lot ink. It should dry out after the plastic wrap has been removed, but be careful not to pull the plastic wrap off if lots of areas appear wet.

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  7. I wonder if this can be used with the bright colored permanent marker method? I'll have to give it a try.
    Beautiful pattern.

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    1. I've never tried Sharpies with plastic wrap. Let me know how it goes!

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  8. If I made this on glass items, could I put it outside or would it get wrecked?

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    1. If you seal it, it should be ok outside in the shade. But it will eventually fade--alcohol inks fade in sunshine.

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