WISPY LAYERS with Marabu Alcohol Ink

Flowing colour gradients – these are the characteristics of WISPY LAYERS technique. The versatile Alcohol Ink makes it possible to conjure up impressive works of art. Working in layers gives depth to the Alcohol Ink images.

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Hair dryer (set to cold)
Plastic film
Kitchen roll


  • Alcohol Ink colours can be easily lightened using the Alcohol Ink Extender. The dried paint can be dissolved using Alcohol Ink Extender. You can then simply continue painting and designing.
  • Marabu Alcohol Ink is suitable for non-absorbent surfaces (e. g. coated special paper, glass, metal, porcelain, etc.). Please note, that Alcohol Ink is not dishwasher safe and only suitable for art objects/decorative items. It is not food-safe or saliva-proof and must not be used on cut surfaces or drinking edges.
  • Keep away from open flames (e.g. candles), as Alcohol Ink is highly flammable.

How it is done:

  • Cover the work surface and your clothing. Put on disposable gloves. Put on a protective mask and open the windows.
  • Shake the metallic and diamond Alcohol Inks until the pigments are evenly dispersed. If the bottle has already been opened (step 3): place a gloved finger over the open bottle tip and shake well.
  • How to open the Alcohol Ink bottle: pull off the cap and insert a pin into the top of the bottle tip.
  • Squeeze droplets of Alcohol Ink in the desired colour onto the surface. Add Extender on top. The ink thins out and becomes more fluid.
  • Set the hair dryer to cold and use it to slowly and carefully blow the paint inwards. The fluid paint collects in the inner area. Continue until the paint is dry.
  • Apply Extender to the outer edges and repeat the process with the hair dryer. Thin, delicate (“wispy”) layers are created. Let it dry.

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