Alcohol Ink Supplies

Here is a list of the supplies I use for ink painting: For a PDF of the list and some suggestions about where to find the items, please check out the materials list at the bottom of the class page.

  • Alcohol Ink (I prefer Ranger’s Adirondack Inks)
  • Yupo Paper
  • 91% Alcohol or the Blending solution sold with the inks
  • Cotton Balls, Cotton Swabs, (Cotton Pads, Sponges optional)
  • Masking fluid
  • Welled Palette
  • Small brush
  • Eyedropper
  • Straws and toothpicks (optional)
  • Pens, permanent black or sepia and white

One big question before starting a new medium is “how much will this cost?” Here is a quick estimate:

  • Ink ($8 to $10 for 3 bottles, recommend starting with 6 bottles)
  • Paper (Pad about $10)
  • Alcohol (about $3)
  • As an artist, one is likely to already have – Palette ($1), Small brush ($3), Pens (probably less than $10 for 2 pack of white and 4 pack of black), Masking fluid ($4 for Pebeo Drawing Gum)
  • Common household supplies – Eyedropper (less than $3 for 2), Cosmetic supplies (probably less than $5 for all, free if you already have them at home)

So, if you already have many items…about $35 for ink, paper, and alcohol. If you are starting from scratch…about $60.


2 thoughts on “Alcohol Ink Supplies

    • Hi Randa,

      Masking fluid (or frisket) is used during the painting process to protect the paper from getting paint/ink on it. The liquid fluid is painted on the areas of paper to be “saved” and left to dry. After it is dry, one can paint without much worry about ruining what is underneath. After that paint layer is complete, the dried masking fluid is removed by rubbing it off. If you have further questions, please feel free to email me at Thanks so much!

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