Easy Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

I got so much love for my alcohol ink hearts from you guys but I also heard from many of you about not wanting to use a heat gun when working indoors with ink fumes. Thank you for being safe! ⁠

⁠If you aren’t able to work in a well-ventilated space when using a heat gun with alcohol inks, I have another solution for you! ⁠

You can create beautiful backgrounds with just drops of alcohol inks…just choose a color palette and start dropping the inks. Add some drops of isopropyl alcohol and, soon, you’ll have a unique abstract background for cards, journal pages, bookmarks, gift tags, wrapping paper…the list is endless!⁠

I also made some more colorful variations of these abstract backgrounds using the same principle but changing the colors and varying the amount of isopropyl alcohol. It’s amazing how each background turns out different when when using the same color combinations. So much fun!


I created this background with Brea Reese and Ranger Ink/ Tim Holtz alcohol inks on Duralar paper. For a complete list of my favorite alcohol ink supplies, visit my Amazon Shop.

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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