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DIY Color Mist with India Inks – Easy DIY Color Mist

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Like most mixed media crafting supplies, spray inks are difficult for me to come by in Hawaii. They’re also not something I like to purchase on the Mainland and bring home in my luggage because I don’t want to accidentally tie-dye my everything when my bag gets thrown around! I’ve made a couple different color mists before (once using food coloring and another time with gelatos), but I wanted a permanent spray ink for some projects. Since I couldn’t buy it, I decided to DIY it! This DIY color mist with India inks is super simple to mix up in a flash and a great way to use the same crafting supplies for more than one purpose!

Super Simple DIY Color Mist Inks

DIY color mist/spray ink supplies

DIY color mist with India inks

I tested this spray inks with both atomizer-type bottles (the little plastic ones) and 2 oz glass misters. I really expected to like the glass bottles more for this project, but I didn’t! The atomizer bottles worked far, far better for me because they had a finer mist and more even spray. I have two Faber Castell spritz bottles from their gelato “mist makers” set and wish I had a dozen more!

How to make your own color mist inks

Are you ready? Don’t blink – you might miss the tutorial! It is so super easy:

Transfer some ink to your bottle using a dropper. (You can try to pour it if you feel very confident, but India ink stains!) The exact amount of ink needed depends on the size of your bottle and your desired outcome – I used about 10 drops of ink in my smaller bottles.

Add water, but leave a little space in the bottle. Test out your ink. If the color is too light, add more ink. If it’s too bright, add more water.


diy color mist inks - super simple color mists with India ink

Your waterproof, lightfast color mist inks are now ready to use. They’re great for mixed media projects, textiles, and much more! Here’s a little preview of what I’ve been using them for:

The pictured shirt was created using a homemade hot glue “stencil” that I’ll be sharing in baby and adult sizes soon!

What crafting supplies do you like to DIY or multitask?


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  • Aleeda April 13, 2018, 03:07

    Did the inks remain colorfast after washing? My fear is creating a beautiful garment, then having the color bleed on other fabrics or disappear after a few washings. Thanks!

    • Natasha April 13, 2018, 07:25

      Pure India ink is darn difficult to get out of fabric. It’s obviously diluted a bit here. I used this color mist on about a dozen cotton baby garments and did see a little fading, but didn’t notice anything else becoming stained and the design is still visible. My advice is to dilute the color as little as possible for the mist and then wash cold/gentle. You may see a bit of fading, but I’d be very surprised if it all completely washed away.

  • Tasha's mom October 5, 2017, 03:43

    could I please have a lotus shirt for Christmas?

    • Natashalh October 5, 2017, 10:02

      We actually already have a pretty cool present planned for you, but I’ll keep an eye out for an appropriate shirt to paint. =)

  • Duni October 4, 2017, 03:34

    I’m intrigued that they can be used on fabric! That is the sweetest baby top. Love the Lotus motif šŸ™‚

    • Natashalh October 4, 2017, 14:49

      Someone handy with a brush or fountain pen could probably paint or draw directly on the fabric with India inks! I really love the purple and blue colors with the lotus design which is why I made an adult-sized version of the stencil, too. I can’t wait to share the tutorial later this month!

  • BeadedTail September 27, 2017, 14:13

    I haven’t heard of india inks before but looks like much fun can be had with them! That baby shirt is adorable! Your little one is going to have the cutest clothes!

    • Natashalh September 27, 2017, 18:34

      They’re permanent inks that people use for calligraphy, painting, and a lot of other things. I definitely didn’t protect my backdrop well enough while I was taking photos for this post and now there are spaces of green and magenta ink on my vinyl background! I’ve had a lot of fun making clothes like loose-fitting pants and kimono tops out of fabric scraps, too. It’s been a great excuse to clean out my fabric stash!

  • Pamela Baker September 27, 2017, 06:07

    Can’t wait to try your “color mist” inks. I have made my own alcohol inks – using the insides of markers and rubbing alcohol – a lot cheaper than buying it in the craft stores!
    Now you can make some adorable “onsies”!

    • Natashalh September 27, 2017, 09:56

      I’ve seen the suggestion to use markers and alcohol before, but I’ve never tried it. Because I needed something a bit more durable, I’d have wanted to use alcohol markers and they’re super expensive here! I had a lot of fun painting side snap shirts and bodysuits in a couple different sizes and variety of colors. =)

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