How to Make Alcohol Inks from Old Markers!

Kayte demonstrates a quick and easy way to repurpose old markers and turn their excess ink into bottles of alcohol inks to used in a variety of paint and dye projects! Whether it's old Sharpie pens or even dried up Crayola makers, you can extract their pigments to make vibrant inks for staining glass or tinting resin. We test these inks on a 3D printed model and love the results!

Glass Dropper Bottles:
Alcohol Ink variety pack: and
Isopropyl Alcohol:
Eel Dragon 3D model:
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  1. Adam Savage’s Tested

    Adam Savage’s Tested

    پیش 28 روز

    Glass Dropper Bottles: Alcohol Ink variety pack: and Isopropyl Alcohol: Eel Dragon 3D model: Find more of Kayte's work at jttp://

    • Kristin Staton-Heit

      Kristin Staton-Heit

      پیش 27 روز

      Cobramode is the maker of that amazing 3D Eel model, and they have the most amazing models!

    • Paradox CityLife

      Paradox CityLife

      پیش 28 روز

      Hi Adam, got a bunch of old markers now I know what to do with them, :)

  2. dolfinmagikpro


    پیش 16 روز

    Great information, thank you! Personally, I would leave the "cores" in the jars and just refill with more alcohol as I use it up. This way, I can make more of the same color, over and over. At least, until the cores run completely clear. Just a suggestion! Keep up the great work!

  3. Bigears


    پیش 17 روز


  4. Lupiaan


    پیش 19 روز

    Great! Does it have to be 99% or any isopropyl alcohol will do?

  5. lemonade1245


    پیش 21 روز

    Would these work similar to acrylic inks for minis?

  6. Rose O'Sullivan

    Rose O'Sullivan

    پیش 22 روز

    Hi, Katie. That is a great idea for old markers. Thanks for sharing that idea. Have a great day. Take Care.

  7. DarkmiseryStudios


    پیش 22 روز

    Made something similar using highlighters to make black light paint.

  8. Don Carlton

    Don Carlton

    پیش 22 روز

    I have been using alcohol based earth tones for weathering wood for decades. Now this could add colors to the palate for weathering and tinting other projects!

  9. Don Carlton

    Don Carlton

    پیش 22 روز

    Given the high cost of alcohol inks, buying cheap markers new at a craft or discount store would still be a bargain.

  10. Cosmic Rider

    Cosmic Rider

    پیش 23 روز

    Wow just bought a kit.. Tmyk.

  11. Madjstr Doppleganger

    Madjstr Doppleganger

    پیش 23 روز

    turn fat markers into a mini potato gun lol

  12. David The Swedish tech Guy

    David The Swedish tech Guy

    پیش 23 روز

    Think I saw someone in the elegoo group putting it into clear resin and got really vibrant colours 🤔

  13. Le Vrai Poio

    Le Vrai Poio

    پیش 24 روز

    That's nice, and those prints ... I wanna make something with a few organs inside, that can capture more pigment and be visible from the outside, like on some deep sea creatures.

  14. Jay Akai

    Jay Akai

    پیش 24 روز

    I like using alcohol ink for dying wigs!

  15. mninoah


    پیش 24 روز

    I cant wait to try this!! literally gonna find a jar and do this right now lol. I've always wanted to try working with alcohol inks but they're always so pricey I never took the chance.

  16. Javier S

    Javier S

    پیش 24 روز

    What resin is that?

  17. Hiba Sharafuddin

    Hiba Sharafuddin

    پیش 25 روز

    great! will this het washed of in contact of water if not sealed?

  18. Derek Tombrello

    Derek Tombrello

    پیش 25 روز

    I think people also use alcohol ink to tint the clear resin BEFORE printing.

  19. the.Warlock


    پیش 25 روز

    Great video until Norm showed up.

  20. sum47


    پیش 26 روز

    Try liquid highlighter and a UV LED inside the model. I imagine that would make a cool Green Lantern or Derek Powers.

  21. Lunareon


    پیش 26 روز

    That is such a cool hack! You could use the inks to fill up alcohol based markers! It's an endless cycle of markers!

  22. CobraMode


    پیش 26 روز

    Wow!! So excited and honored to see my Eel Dragon on this channel :D The translucency looks awesome, I hadn't thought of putting the inks inside a clear model before. You could get some really beautiful layered effects by staining the inside of the body one color, and layering the outside and fins with another color.

  23. WyattMoseley


    پیش 26 روز

    little confused as to how this works with markers that are water soluble like the crayola ones aka non permanent markers (if i missed something in this i am a bit distractible) (as well on a side note most plastics that are not marked as to type and are smaller than a hokey puck gets trashed as it is not recyclable) least that is the way in Vermont at the moment having explained to people sneaking plastic they think should be recyclable into bins that then get trucked out of state sorted then the non processable stuff gets trucked back to go to the dump)

  24. Bee Lynne

    Bee Lynne

    پیش 27 روز

    This is gonna save me a ton of money in resin casting. Awesome.

  25. bmxscape


    پیش 27 روز

    can you use this on see through plastic model parts? - i typed this and then norm pulled out see through plastic parts lol thanks norm

  26. bmxscape


    پیش 27 روز

    that's amazing. dried up markers always 'felt' like a waste but that is a great way to reuse and recycle

  27. mad lad

    mad lad

    پیش 27 روز

    i been doing this for years

  28. Anastasia Brennan

    Anastasia Brennan

    پیش 27 روز

    In the before times we used alcohol paints by dripping them onto glass and lighting them on fire (carefully)

  29. Przemek Smolarek

    Przemek Smolarek

    پیش 27 روز

    I am here for "How to make alcohol dr.inks bla bla bla"-------》so disappointing.Still title maker》straight clcikbait GENIUS...

  30. Hajihunter R

    Hajihunter R

    پیش 27 روز

    Very cool

  31. Mrlethal86


    پیش 27 روز

    This is the most useful upload on the channel in a while, a cheap and cheerful hack. Maybe the crayola pen tubes could be repurposed too by gluing them to make long rods for some other projects. Great content thanks for sharing.

  32. William Blakers

    William Blakers

    پیش 27 روز

    All those small pices of plastic can be used in model making.

  33. Blit_Wizbok


    پیش 27 روز

    The ink still has staying power even when you use washable markers?

    • Nicole A-z

      Nicole A-z

      پیش 26 روز

      Yes. The down & dirty explanation being this 1. high concentration alcohol wants to suck up water from wherever it can find it, washable markers are water based. 2. Alcohol is a powerful staining agent and you just loaded it up with pigments Ergo you can get a half decent ink. It will never be as good as professionally manufactured inks with quality control standards in place but more than good enough for experimental stuff.

  34. Christian Wendt

    Christian Wendt

    پیش 27 روز

    So... Who missed the "ink" part on the first read?

  35. Tommy Ohlrich

    Tommy Ohlrich

    پیش 27 روز

    You wanna use sharpies or alcohol based markers for this. Water based ones will rub off and run really easily because they don’t use permanant pigments/dye

  36. Eisenwulf666


    پیش 27 روز

    Great hints, can't wait to try this! BTW Kayte is awesome

  37. Joel Day

    Joel Day

    پیش 27 روز

    If this were a lesser channel, this would be ultra clickbaity. Thanks for the class folks, you're all awesome 👌

  38. MasterHatred


    پیش 27 روز

    Are those inks toxic to drink? Asking for a friend here…

  39. apsilonblue


    پیش 27 روز

    I'll have to look into this. Alcohol inks are so expensive here I'd be ecstatic to get a 24 colour kit for $60. That'd be more like $180 on a good day.

  40. Andrew Pratt

    Andrew Pratt

    پیش 27 روز

    Split the felts down the side with a sharp blade before cutting them into sections. More pigment released.

  41. Trev Kim

    Trev Kim

    پیش 27 روز

    What about light fastness. I notice these alcohol permanent markers fade quite fast. Especially the brighter colors.

  42. Ironwind1972


    پیش 27 روز

    Good job Kate, thanks for guest hosting!

  43. Michael b

    Michael b

    پیش 27 روز

    This was awesome to watch….also Norm, I love your shirt..

  44. S Harris

    S Harris

    پیش 27 روز

    Try dropping IPA through the felt.this is how I get fluorescene from highlighters. Dripping the alcohol through the felt leaves no pigment behind.

  45. Filipe Valente Mendes

    Filipe Valente Mendes

    پیش 27 روز

    You are my goddess! You guys have no idea but in Brazil, those markers are 4 times more expensive than you find there. Thank you so so so much.

  46. visualheroine


    پیش 27 روز

    I now regret doing a declutter of all my old markers. Sometimes its good to be a hoarder lol

    • Sally Oldford

      Sally Oldford

      پیش 17 روز

      I feel like the #1 hoarder problem is the day after you decide to part with something you end up finding a use for it

  47. Fede Romano

    Fede Romano

    پیش 27 روز

    Really cool. i've never tried alcohol inks but i have seen rybonator do some cool die with them. If i get my hands on any dried up markers will for sure make my own inks. Thanks guys!

  48. J B

    J B

    پیش 27 روز

    alcohol inks and air brushes

  49. Timothy Smith

    Timothy Smith

    پیش 27 روز

    Very clever but I cannot help but think denatured alcohol would be a better solvent option than isopropyl alcohol.

  50. arrowguy173


    پیش 27 روز

    Should someone so clearly knocked up be around alcohol? 😂

  51. John Morris

    John Morris

    پیش 27 روز

    Great idea! Always hated throwing away old markers. Have tried to revive them by adding alcohol but wasn't very effective.

  52. Michelle Ford

    Michelle Ford

    پیش 27 روز

    Dang! I wish I had seen this before I threw away a ton of dried up markers 🥺

  53. miguel montoya

    miguel montoya

    پیش 27 روز

    If only the crew had shouted out "Norm!" when he came into scene.

  54. Mel’s Creation Station

    Mel’s Creation Station

    پیش 27 روز

    Brilliant and cost effective! I use alcohol inks for resin projects, so yes ex teacher here has lots of extra markers 🤣😂

  55. Tigershire W

    Tigershire W

    پیش 27 روز

    Cool! I've just started creating stuff with resin (doing pours in molds, etc) and this would be a great way to get more colours for my creations!

  56. ClockworkBastard


    پیش 27 روز

    Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol алкоголь, аааааа

  57. Kelly Kellum

    Kelly Kellum

    پیش 27 روز

    My brain registered the title as “How to make alcoholic drinks from old markers”

  58. joanbennettnyc


    پیش 28 روز

    Would it help you to put the felt in a wide-mouth class jar and after they soak in those THEN transfer the ink to the dropper bottles with a funnel? Wouldn't that make it a lot easier to put your felts in and take them out?

  59. Paula Mejia

    Paula Mejia

    پیش 28 روز

    Love this 💚🖤

  60. Flyguy Aviation

    Flyguy Aviation

    پیش 28 روز

    Excellent and well made video! Very informative and I love your energy. I look forward to being able to apply this technique to a future project!

  61. lee butters

    lee butters

    پیش 28 روز

    Kate is very sweet!

  62. Gustavo Figueiredo

    Gustavo Figueiredo

    پیش 28 روز

    Cool tip. Great result. How come the caps and ends of the markers aren't recyclable?

  63. Pellervo Kaskinen

    Pellervo Kaskinen

    پیش 28 روز

    Isopropyl alcohol also called Rubbing alcohol. Or in printed circuit board soldering business it is usually called IPA.

  64. Brian Costello

    Brian Costello

    پیش 28 روز

    amazing, I have been recycling dried out markers for free plastic tubes, and some greeblies, now 100% can be recycled

  65. Scorpion Green

    Scorpion Green

    پیش 28 روز

    How well does the ink stick to glass and ceramics? Would they survive the dishwasher, say?

    • Scorpion Green

      Scorpion Green

      پیش 26 روز

      @LSLencrypted awesome, thanks for the tip! I was thinking this might be a fun thing to do with the kids, to design their own drinking glasses. If it washes off I guess they can always do another one :)

    • LSLencrypted


      پیش 27 روز

      I would guess it sticks fine, but it's a layer of ink. I don't think it will hold up to abuse of any kind. There are special markers for glass and ceramics that are made specifically for the purpose you're describing.

  66. Gnarbel Jo

    Gnarbel Jo

    پیش 28 روز

    Question: When acess to dried up markers is scarce, can I use cheap packs of kids markers as is or do I need to pull the bottoms off and let them dry out first if they are water based? (The cheap packs for kids tend to be less permanent and may contain water) Grateful for a response!

    • bennyfactor


      پیش 27 روز

      If the markers are still fresh, you could just squeeze the felts out directly into a bottle to get alcohol ink. Leave the felts off to the side in a waxpaper cup like Kayte did with her spent ones, let them dry out, and they try to extract any ink using the process she shows for the dry ones. That will get you the maximum amount of pigment.

  67. Deathclaw409


    پیش 28 روز

    Is it bad that I read drinks instead of inks 😂

  68. Phil Nolan

    Phil Nolan

    پیش 28 روز

    You can actually mix the ink in with some of your 3D printing resin.

  69. Peter Charles

    Peter Charles

    پیش 28 روز

    I note you use 91% alcohol. I think this is an important diistinction. Most rubbing alcohol you see in the store is 70% which means it is 30% water. That would cause several problems. If you are going to do this, shop around until you find the 90-91% version.

  70. Ragnarok043


    پیش 28 روز

    maybe use a pipe cutter for opening the markers

  71. Steve Watts

    Steve Watts

    پیش 28 روز

    Will be making a dirty yellow... see if I can't goldificate some RC chrome wheels. Cheers4th@.

  72. The Gentleman Maker

    The Gentleman Maker

    پیش 28 روز

    Back in the late 80s, I worked in an art studio. The visualiser we had would pull the coloured wadding out of the glass Magic Marker pens, grip it with a bulldog clip, pour lighter fluid on it then use it to ‘paint’ large areas quickly.

    • Steve Watts

      Steve Watts

      پیش 28 روز

      Too, those were the days... Magic Marker marble was an artform, lol. #cleanartmyarse

  73. YettleNettle


    پیش 28 روز

    We wouldn’t wishcycle if the rules were more clear. If it’s plastic, I’m tossing it in recycling. Period. System is broken.

    • YettleNettle


      پیش 28 روز

      It shouldn’t be on the average person to sort this stuff out. This country…

  74. cpard2d2


    پیش 28 روز

    That's really cool! I wanted clear paint for some hot glue effects l made, already messed them up with matte acrylics xD but it won't happen again thanks to you

  75. Antti M

    Antti M

    پیش 28 روز

    no pigments but dyes

  76. Scott Mantooth

    Scott Mantooth

    پیش 28 روز

    *very curious as to finding the pantone designations for some of the inks that i use...some that i've used in the past have been amazing and produce exactly the types of effects and distressing that i find the most desirable...but they are also somewhat expensive for the volume that i require...could higher end fountain pen inks be used for this?...need them to be permanent and not water soluble after application on the paper i would be using*

  77. Dean Hamlin

    Dean Hamlin

    پیش 28 روز

    Awesome 👍 thanks. I love art and recycling.... Great video

  78. A Brit

    A Brit

    پیش 28 روز

    You had me until he turned up.

  79. Drashna Jaelre

    Drashna Jaelre

    پیش 28 روز

    I'm curious what resin they used for the models.

  80. Nitsua Yleen

    Nitsua Yleen

    پیش 28 روز

    When she was holding up the orange markers, one of them was a blue marker with an orange cap…

  81. Joseph Krug

    Joseph Krug

    پیش 28 روز

    Rubbing alcohol can also work with food coloring and looks good on wood too, this is one example, the white and silver are real spray paint, but the rest are food coloring: Same for the dragon and other minion I also have videos on. Good video, I will have to try markers too. :)

  82. Ree


    پیش 28 روز

    Im gonna try making one for panel lines on my gunpla.

  83. Randall Parker

    Randall Parker

    پیش 28 روز

    Maybe this ink would work when making a LCARS panel like those seen on Star Trek.

  84. You Are Butthurt

    You Are Butthurt

    پیش 28 روز

    i used to make color glue the same way

  85. Lucas Thomas

    Lucas Thomas

    پیش 28 روز


  86. Oddvar mæhle

    Oddvar mæhle

    پیش 28 روز

    now put led light inside

  87. Filippo Claudi

    Filippo Claudi

    پیش 28 روز

    Pardon me but can’t you just pour some alcohol in the felt, so you can use it like a sharpie?

    • Filippo Claudi

      Filippo Claudi

      پیش 28 روز

      @J G yeah. Maybe the only disadvantage would be that the ink would come out a little bit more washed out since it's only a piece of inked felt as opposed to many, but if one wants a darker and stronger color maybe one can do the "ink infusion" step and then put some ink inside a marker to make it like a sharpie. It would offer a much more precise applicator. For the purposes of that video a dropper is better, but a sharpie is more precise.

    • J G

      J G

      پیش 28 روز

      Thats what I was thinking. Inject the felt with alcohol using a syringe to rejuvenate it.

  88. tramsgar


    پیش 28 روز

    Suddenly a wild Norm appears!

  89. Morphy Vampy

    Morphy Vampy

    پیش 28 روز

    This is now going to be a thing that I do to add another fun element to my craft game. I'm so excited!!!! I fully plan to use alcohol inks on glass bottles/jars etc.

  90. gumdamsniper


    پیش 28 روز

    To think I was going to buy blueing. Thanks

  91. SweIceMan


    پیش 28 روز

    Kinda wanna try alcohol ink in my airbrush now

  92. Born Again Maker

    Born Again Maker

    پیش 28 روز

    10:08 I gasped in Evan & Katelyn

    • DankDuckStuff


      پیش 28 روز

      Qqa fellow kevin

  93. Born Again Maker

    Born Again Maker

    پیش 28 روز

    In the perfect companion to this video, Eric Streble explains how to use alcohol inks to make custom markers:

  94. AnTrAxX Slingshots

    AnTrAxX Slingshots

    پیش 28 روز

    Those supporting struts on the inside totally look like anatomically correct dots. I would have loved to see them glow and i also would have loved to see some kind of window-color...a finished painting on a church window.

  95. _oe _o_e_

    _oe _o_e_

    پیش 28 روز

    Who else immediately thought about those old prismacolor markers they bought when they got out of high school?

  96. AmonyNous


    پیش 28 روز

    "recyclable" plastic is the biggest scam of the last century, that apparently still goes around. Plastic types can't be mixed, and even if you manage to get the same type of plastic together any impurities will interfere with the process. For this reason it is way more expensive to recycle than produce new, so manufacturers just want you to think that they recycle so you'd be a guilt free consumer, when in fact only a small fraction of it gets recycled. 99% will still end up as landfill and in oceans.

  97. Donald Hanson

    Donald Hanson

    پیش 28 روز

    Not particularly light fast.

  98. stardude2006


    پیش 28 روز

    Very Cool ! I like the translucent effect 😎

  99. devon


    پیش 28 روز


  100. Susel Lee

    Susel Lee

    پیش 28 روز

    First time I've heard about alcohol colors for art projects. And I'm hooked!