What can I use to color clear acrylic


#1

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


#2

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.


#3

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.


#4

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.


#5

India inks work well


#6

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.


#7

Thank you all for your great ideas.


#8

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!


#9

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