I love the look of stained glass and I also love watercolors. I often use alcohol ink to achieve these looks. Alcohol ink plays well with light so I decided to use it with lanterns, hoping the light would spread beautiful color. It’s a great beginner’s project if you are just starting out with alcohol inks. Let’s get started!
- Lanterns – 3 or more (I used two kinds- here and here)
- White Spray Paint
- Alcohol Inks – 2 different colors (I used Butterscotch & Stream)
- Ink Blending Tool
- Sturdy Chain
- Pliers & Wire Cutters
- Jump Rings
- Cup Hook
Step 2: Set the glass aside and spray paint the metal frames.
Step 3: While the paint is drying, begin adding alcohol ink to the glass pieces. I laid out all the pieces and did them all at once, which was very efficient.
Step 5: Add the second alcohol ink in a complementary color. In this case, I added yellow, hoping to get a nice green (because alcohol inks mix and react to each other). Again, I dabbed a little bit to blend the colors.
Step 6: While the ink is drying, begin adding ink to the other lantern. It is too difficult to remove the glass in this type of lantern so I added ink by putting my hand through the bottom – where the tealight holder usually is. Because I wasn’t able to dab much at all, this lantern had the strongest color, which I really loved once the tea lights were in it.
Step 9: Measure how long you want each chain to hang based on how much space you have. Then you can cut the chain and place a jump ring on the end. This makes it really easy to hang.
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Katie is the creative mind behind lemonjitters.com, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.