The other day on Facebook I saw some really interesting and gorgeous nail art by Joey Helland where she used alcohol inks to create the look. I remembered I had purchased some a few months ago and Joey’s pictures got me inspired to try them.
For those that don’t already know, alcohol inks (I’m using Adirondack brand) are essentially dyes mixed with alcohol (and Ethanol, Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether) and they are used in crafts such as card making, scrapbooking and stamping. Turns out they make for some really cool nail art too, especially stone, marble and granite looks. You can also get some lovely subtle watercolor looks. They are reactive with Isopropyl alcohol to create some really beautiful designs.
In my experiments so far, I used art brushes, cosmetic sponges, Saran Wrap, dotting tools and a spray bottle with alcohol as just a few tools to create the looks below. On to the pretty pictures! Video is below.
These can be used with gel and regular polish.
If you use regular polish you will need to ‘set’ the ink before you topcoat as the solvents in the topcoat will smear the ink. I have had a few people suggest using hairspray to set the ink, let it dry and apply topcoat.
If using with gel topcoat, there is no need to set the ink. Simply float a layer of gel topcoat with minimal brush strokes and pressure over the ink and you shouldn’t have any smearing.
All samples are over white gel polish and topped with gel topcoat.
Since this is a dye, be sure to mask off the skin either with liquid latex, peel off glue base, or tape. If you do get the ink on your skin, simple wipe off with isopropyl alcohol.
Aren’t they cool…so many possibilities. I have more colors on the way from Amazon, so I may have more examples to show you. If you would like to learn how to do this just check out the video below.