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Free tutorial, Flower power, batik like color on polymer clay with alcohol inks and pastels

Flower power full of color polymer clay pendant

Flower power full of color polymer clay pendant by Linda Prais




1.  start by conditioning your clay about 1/4 to 1/2 block is plenty.                       Then roll out to the thickness you desire for this project mine is about 1/4″

2.  Using the your pastels in this case I used stick pastels that I had to scrape to get my pastel powder. BE SURE TO USE A HIGH QUALITY pastel that insures intense colors.

scraping pastel chalks

scraping pastel chalks

3.     Using the powders you created rub the colors into the clay. I like to keep the colors separate these will be the colors that peek through.

rub pastels into clay

rub pastels into clay

4. press your stamp into the clay being sure you have good depth of the design.

complements of Linda'a Art Spot

5. Squirt lightly with blending solution, also apply blending solution to your applicator pad. Next add a couple of drops of the ink colors you choose to the applicator pad. keep them separate and use sparingly.20150805_150305

6. Lightly apply on top of the chalk in a few places.20150805_150238

7. Now using a clean applicator pad, add a small about of blending solution if necessary. Gently wipe some of the top ridges of the design clean (ish) of the pastels.20150805_150246


notice in this piece that I have used cranberry and blue sparingly in a few places.

8. Now drop a couple of drops of you alcohol ink onto container or plate. *see below for hint. Spritz your clay piece again with the blending solution this will allow the ink to move. Don’t over saturate the clay. Using your fine tip paint brush lightly touch a small tip of alcohol ink into the recesses of the design to accent. Don’t over do just a bit here and there. notice in this piece that I have used cranberry and blue sparingly in a few places.

9.  Let it dry to the touch then cut your shapes I used the smallest teardrop from the premo set. Arrange the design into a flower. I used the inside of my hollow bead maker to hold the cupped shape I wanted and pinched and curved the petals to my liking. Press together add the center, gently press to be sure all areas are touching well, and cure according to manufacture directions.

10.  Now notice on my finished piece the light green highlights that was achieved after the piece was cured and I very lightly dry brushed some green acrylic paint in just a few places adding yet another dimension.

11.  On occasion the bond will not hold after it is cured because of the layer of chalks and inks. DO NOT PANIC all is not lost. I almost prefer it to show any weakness. After it is cured I just give my best kept secret Kato Poly Paste a bit of a  stir to be sure its nice and sticky and using my finger rub a bit onto the piece to be secured like glue and then cure again. Don’t forget to tent your piece to keep it from scorching.  This is also what I use to attach my clay bails.


Enjoy and have fun Remember some times you just have to make a mess to find the beauty within!

Happy Claying,


*HINT for alcohol inks

Use a discarded candy tray to hold drops of alcohol ink. Let it dry out before storing, it can be reconstituted by adding blending solutions and stiring with your paint brush or tooth pick

Use a discarded candy tray to hold drops of alcohol ink. Let it dry out before storing, it can be reconstituted by adding blending solutions and stirring with your paint brush or tooth pick No mess, or waisting of ink.


Do you ever wonder what you can do with alcohol inks and polymer clay?

When we talk alcohol ink our minds usually go in one direction, bottled ink like Marabu & Piñata.  But guess what?  They have a place in polymer clay.  Below I will show you just a few of the ways that you can use alcohol inks with polymer clay.

polymer clay that’s been tinted with alcohol ink by Ginger Davis Allman

I love using bottled ink to tint solid or liquid translucent clay.  Check out this great tutorial by Ginger Davis Allman at Blue Bottle Tree. You can find the supplies she discussed here at Linda Art Spot.

Alcohol backgrounds and images using bottled alcohol inks by Pamela

I love coming up with wonderful laminates of colors and even backgrounds behind stamped or silkscreened images.

alcohol ink pens on sculpey Primo glitter gold polymer clay

You can even paint with the bottled alcohol inks using inks and blends that have been dropped onto an ink palette, and reconstituted with 91% alcohol.  Or for more extended working time and smoother blends, I prefer blending solution.

Some favorite painting tools of mine are ink applicators , cotton balls, toothpicks, an old toothbrush for splatters, canned air, straws for blowing through and by far my favorite is the Tim Holtz water brush.  Filled with blending solution, its almost like watercolor painting.

Well I hope this have given you some thoughts and inspiration about how to play in the world of alcohol inks.

Till then Happy Claying,