DIY “Marbled” Mug Using Alcohol Inks

I have a new obsession with alcohol ink.

Alcohol ink mug

I’ve been playing around on Yupo paper with various inks. I share photos of those pieces on my personal instagram from time to time, if you want to check them out.

Today, I just wanted to share a quick and easy alcohol ink DIY project. It’s sooo simple! All you need is a glazed ceramic or porcelain mug, paintbrush, alcohol inks, a straw (optional), 99% isopropyl alcohol and an oven. Maybe gloves, too. This can get messy.

  • I bought a white ceramic mug for $2.99 at HomeGoods.
  • I used a paintbrush to paint some isopropyl alcohol onto the surface of the mug first
  • I then started dropping my colors on, randomly. I used colors from this Lakeshore set and this Nature Walk set of alcohol inks.
  • I swirled the mug around here and there to let the colors run *sort of* where I wanted them to. You really just have to give up a bit of control when it comes to alcohol ink!
  • I used a straw every once in a while to push some ink around even more by blowing air through the straw onto the wet ink.
  • When I was happy with the results, and after I was sure all the ink was dry, I put the mug into my oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes to set the ink. I’ve also read that you can cure your mug (or plate, or bowl?!) with a layer of dishwasher safe Modge Podge, but I haven’t tried that.

Voila! I’m pretty much ready to alcohol-ink anything ceramic at this point. So much fun!




Midweek Manicure // Plastic Wrap Nails

Hello! I feel like I’ve been lacking in the blog posting department but I’m working on it. It seems like the start of a new year gets busy really quickly. I will say that I’m doing good so far with my resolutions. I finished reading The Alchemist last week and have started on Why We Broke Up, which was recommended to me by a coworker. So, that whole “read more books” thing? Totally nailing it. I’ve also been doing pretty well with my diet. I downloaded the My Fitness Pal app onto my ipad and I’ve been counting calories like it’s my job.¬† It’s also helped me to find that my diet is pretty high in carbs and sugar, and that I don’t drink enough water. This was kind of news to me, because I’ve been really limiting my carb and sugar intake. Sneaky carbs. Sneaky sugars. Do any of you have the app? If you have it, or are thinking of downloading it – search me out and be my friend on there (kimberlina210)! I’m not sure what happens when you friend someone in the app, but it could be interesting…

In other news, I bring you: The Plastic Wrap Mani. Much less messy compared to the paint splattered nails, but with a somewhat similar effect. Kinda? It also reminds me of those crackle polishes.

Purple and Silver Plastic Wrap Nails

All you have to do is first cut out 10 small squares of plastic (or Saran) wrap and dab it onto your nail after the second color you’ve painted over your base color is still wet.

Plastic Wrap Nails Supplies

I started with a base coat of China Glaze Below Deck. I was going to then use Sally Hansen Nude Now as my second color (pictured above), but I decided to go with Essie No Place Like Chrome, which is a nice metallic silver, instead.

Plastic Wrap Mani Prep2

After your base color, paint on an even coat of your second contrasting color (and worry about clean-up at the end…)

Prepping Plastic Wrap for Mani

Crumple up a little square of your plastic wrap, then dab it onto the wet nail. Dab gently and sparingly as too much dabbin’ will remove too much polish. A little dab’ll do ya.

Manicure Helper

Consult your Manicure Supervisor with any questions.

Plastic Wrap Mani - Marbled Nail Effect

Do the same for each nail and voila! plastic wrap marbled nails! Hope you enjoyed. Happy Painting! And how are you doing with your resolutions??