I don't know about any of you guys but I'm on a super tight budget when it comes to crafting supplies. Of course there are always several things on my wish list. And every time I go into a craft store it gets harder and harder not to get 'just one or two' or ALL of those items.
So imagine my surprise when I found out by watching, Lindsay The Frugal Crafter's YouTube channel, that I could make 80% of craft supplies on my list, and that I had almost everything I needed already!
First you needs some alcohol ink markers. A long time ago I bought a huge lot of prismacolor markers off of EBay. And while I do love them, I noticed I had quite a few doubles, so that's what I'll be using. You also need alcohol, the higher the % the better. And something to store your ink in. I'm using spray bottles I got from a Christmas beauty kit. The kit was regularly $5 but on sale for $3. I got 5 kits! Each kit came with 4 bottles of sented body spray, 4 bottles of shower gel and 4 bottles of lotion. I dumped the body spray (because I'm impatient), washed out the bottles and have been making my alcohol inks in them. The rest of the bottles i've been emptying out more slowly by adding 2-3 of them in my kids' bath. If you use a bottle of lotion with the shower gel it makes the bubbles last longer. Then I just wash out the bottles and let them air dry. I'll be making my watercolor inks in a few of these.
Making the ink is really simple, if a bit messy. Here's a link to the video I watched. You just fill your bottle 2/3rds with alcohol add the tip and filter from the marker and let it set for 20-30 minutes. Then you take the filter out squeezing the alcohol ink back into the bottle. You may want to use gloves for that part.