To a novice or newbie crafter, alcohol-based inks can be a little perplexing. I’m happy to share Pinata Inks by Jacquard and hopefully both de-mystify what this inks are and why they can be so versatile in your crafting supply box!
Let’s start with a little information from the Jaquard website:
Beautiful, highly saturated and acid-free transparent colors. PiÃ±ata inks are alcohol-based, indelible and moisture resistant when dry. They can be used on most any clean surface.
Techniques: rubber stamping, fine art, scrapbooking, faux finishing techniques, airbrush and staining wood/leather.
Ideas & Tips: Brayer PiÃ±ata onto vellum. Color glass drops and beads. Dye leaves, tint mica bits and color sea shells. Air-dry clays. Add color to grommets, eyelets and fasteners.
Surfaces: glass, leather, wood, paper, plastic, metal, metal foil and vinyl
Sizes – 17 Colors: 1/2 fl oz/14 ml (Item JFC1) and 4 fl oz/118 ml (Item JFC3)
- Clean Up Solution:Â 1 fl oz/29 ml (Item JFC1000) andÂ 4 fl oz/118 ml (Item JFC2000)
- Claro Extender: 1 fl oz/29 ml (Item JFC1001) and 4 fl oz/118 ml (Item JFC2001)
So, let’s start at the very beginning- it’s a very good place to start! The inks are a thin, water consistency and emit an alcohol-type smell. If you are sensitive to smells, you’ll want to work near an open window or keep a fan going to ensure air circulation.Â The colors are very bright and saturated- a little goes a long way. You can thin inks with the Claro Extender OR use a bit of rubbing alcohol.
My Tip: keep a small mist bottle full of Claro Extender OR rubbing alcohol to help you thin the colors out and create cool mottled effects.
What I love about alcohol-based inks is that they are both translucent AND durable- most surfaces that won’t take ordinary paint (like glass, leather, vellum, and metal- in other words, non-porous surfaces) accept Pinata Inks brilliantly.
Shall we swatch?
rhinestone stickers, Style Stones, sticky-back canvas, andÂ a metal bottlecap.
Here’s a little video I took so you could see a demo of the inks in action.
So as you can see, you really need some kind of applicator or method to apply the inks. A cotton-swap will work for fine work or small objects, but a piece of batting on a wooden block with some hook-and-loop tape is better for larger surfaces.
So why might you want to use alcohol inks? Well, you can add color to rhinestones, beads, vellum, metal embellishents, and foils. Because the color is translucent, you’ll get color with out filling in the surface texture or obscuring the pattern of the original object. (That is, unless you use Blanco Blanco, which is the white opaque color.)
For example, I used some Pinata inks to tint some Frantage Fragments that were originally white.
Place a few drops of ink with the Fragments.
My Tip: place the object to be colored inside a plastic bag. This stuff is potent and will stain your fingers and clothes.
Spread the the Fragments on a plate or craft sheet to dry. Because the inks are alcohol-based, they will dry very quickly.
You can also use alcohol inks to tint translucent polymer clay- which is amazing. AND you can tint metal leafing to use on polymer clays- something that just is impossible with water-based paints and is difficult with acrylic paints.
Tint metal leafing to create polymer clay pieces. I have a tutorial on making Shamrock Pins using this method.
OR- tint liquid clays directly. I have a tutorial on that method here.
These inks are SO amazing- you can stamp with them, create backgrounds, and color just about anything.Â Pinata really works best on glossy or coated surfaces- they will preserve the glossy surface.
Ready for the pros and cons?
- dry quickly
- clean up with rubbing alcohol
- vibrant, bright colors
- 17 colors, including opaque white and black
- are amazing on glossy, non-porous surfaces
- fast drying; use Claro Extender or rubbing alcohol to keep them wet
- fast drying; keep then tightly sealed when not in use
- strong smell
- will stain your fingers and clothes; wear rubber gloves for sure!
- not non-toxic; not recommended for use with children
You can purchase Pinata inks online and in stores, and the individual bottles run around $3 USD. You can also buy “Exciter Packs” with 8 colors and Claro Extender included. And YES, you can mix/mingle Pinata inks with other brands of alcohol-based inks and markers successfully.
I use mine at least once a month, and I hope you’ll give these inks a try! Stay tuned, we’ll have a special giveaway coming soon!
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