What can I use to color clear acrylic

does anyone color their clear acrylic, ie. alcohol ink, paint, any suggestions?


I’ve seen some folks use acrylic paints with great effects. (Just plain old Folk Art from the craft store.)

There are also laser safe foil films that are pretty cool.


I used glass paints on this project, to get a stained glass look. I did it on white acrylic as I was going for the semi-opaque look, but you could certainly do it on clear.


I’ve used paint pens on my clear acrylic…oil based ones and some others, not sure what they are. I usually score a design in then paint inside the lines before removing the masking.


India inks work well


I used latex house paint on this project.

I painted the back side of each piece, but had to sand the material to rough it up a bit so the paint would stick well.
Overall, worked pretty good.

Thank you all for your great ideas.

Alcohol can cause crazing on acrylic - I don’t know about alcohol ink, but it would be worth double checking before you created something you love!

UV printers can print directly to acrylic.

DTG machines can print to acrylic using an ink-receptive coating: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9-EdicbZKI

Pad printers with the right ink should do the trick

toner printers with gel medium transfers are an option : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfSVtuiTeLQ