Tattooing is a form of body art that has been present for many years. The first tattoos only had black ink, but nowadays there are more and more colors that can be used for body tattoos. This gives that tattoos more pop and the tattoo artists can show more creativity with the colors that are available for tattooing.
Some of the commercial brands of colored tattoo ink are expensive. The good thing is that you can make your own colored tattoo ink by mixing a few ingredients together. Once you have all the ingredients that you need, making the colored tattoo ink is easy!
Here are the steps on how you can make colored tattoo ink:
1. Materials and ingredients. Purchase all the ingredients that you need in making colored tattoo. You will need:
- 100 proof vodka
- Propylene glycol
- Colored dye in colors that you want
- Dry pigment
- Ball bearing
You can find some of these materials in the grocery and some, you can find in your local craft store. For the container or bottles where you will place the colored ink in, make sure that they have a tight cover.
2. Mixing the colored ink. First, mix together half a quart of the vodka and a tablespoon each of the glycerin and the propylene glycol. Mix the solution together until you see that the mixture is clear.
Next, you will need the blender. Make sure that the blender is sterilized before you use it. Now, put a cup of the pigment inside the blender. Add the vodka mixture with the pigment and blend it for about fifteen minutes. After fifteen minutes, check the mixture. The consistency of the solution should be mushy. Now, add about a teaspoon of the colored dye. This is where you adjust the color that you want to achieve. For a brighter shade, put more colored dye. Turn on the blender and leave it on for about an hour. This will mix the dye well with the mixture.
3. Storing the colored ink. When the hour is up, check to see if the solution has been mixed well. Afterwards, you can place the colored ink inside the container. Open the bottle and insert the funnel on the mouth. Pour in the colored ink mixture that you prepared carefully. Make sure not to fill the container with ink as you will still need to insert a ball bearing. Insert the ball bearing when you are ready to cover the container. Remember to store the container in a dark and cool place to preserve the ink.
These are the easy steps on how you can make your own colored tattoo ink at home. The process is quite easy. If you are planning to make a lot of colors, it is advisable that you label the bottles as soon as you finish mixing them so that you won’t have to open them up when you use them.