Alcohol Ink and a Stencil with Briana

Greetings to you! Thanks for being here to read this post.

Today, I am sharing a bit about the wonders of alcohol ink and how to use it with a stencil.

Supplies Used:

About Alcohol Ink

If you don’t know about alcohol ink, it’s a fluid and vibrant medium. It is dye ink that is acid-free and dries quickly on slick surfaces, such as glossy paper, Yupo paper, and glass. Read more about this exciting medium hereCaution: This medium does contain alcohol, which means it is flammable and should not be airborne. There is also a strong odor, so it is best to use alcohol inks in a well-ventilated area. If you ever feel light headed or start to get a headache, please walk away, get outside and breathe some clean air.

Tutorial: Using Alcohol Ink with a Stencil

Step 1:

Choose a stencil to place on top of your Yupo paper. Here I am using “Big Sister’s Room” by artistcellar. This stencil has nice open spaces for the ink to “play” in.

Step 2:

Drop some alcohol ink from the small bottles onto the surface. Choose several colors. Take a pause in between each color to observe what is happening. Alcohol ink has a mind of its own.

You may choose to cover all of the white space, or leave some areas open.

The ink will seep under the stencil. That is okay and nothing to worry about.

Step 3:

Find a corner of the stencil and slowly lift it off of your surface.

Take a look at how the colors and lines of the stencil created interesting areas on your surface.

TIP: If you would like to clean your stencil, you will need to use Isopropyl Alcohol that you get at the drug store. You can soak your stencil in a low dish of alcohol or wipe it with an alcohol soaked paper towel. Be sure to be in a well-ventilated area.

Step 4:

Choose a variety of Sharpie markers (which are also alcohol-based), or other alcohol-based markers, such as Copic, Winsor & Newton ProMarker, etc.

Step 5:

Create designs with the markers on your surface.

TIP: When you use a light colored marker, be sure to clean the tip off by making marks on a separate piece of scrap paper until the original color looks clean.

Step 6:

Continue to draw and doodle to your delight!

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you feel inspired to try something new with your creative supplies!

Sending Blessings,

Briana of

Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


1 Response


August 04, 2019

Thanks for sharing. These are super directions and the example is vibrant. Fun.

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