Kielty Alcohol Inks


Welcome to my first playtime with the new Kielty Alcohol Inks straight from Dublin, Ireland. Yes, I know Joggles is also selling the inks themselves but not all the fun extras you can get when you buy direct.

I first heard about Kielty inks on YouTube. They have several selling points. I will copy and paste the main ones from the Kielty website:

  • Kielty Inks are formulated to be free of ethanol and methanol and are non acidic.
  • Kielty Inks have exceptionally low toxicity compared to other brands which are acutely toxic (skull and crossbones symbol), you would need to drink our ink to notice negative effects.  Even then it would take multiple bottles to do any real harm, its not exactly tasty, so unless you have screws loose you would not be drinking it.  Yes, I tasted it.  I am a scientist…. with screws loose apparently.
  • Kielty Inks are Alcohol Inks that are 100% handmade in Dublin, Ireland with soul and love.

According to the YouTube person I was watching these inks are odor-free. Not totally true but pretty darn close. If you open a bottle and hold it under your nose and sniff – you get a faint, light smell of alcohol. Almost imperceptible. I think I spelled that right 🙂 The primary reason I ordered from Ireland is they are the only way to get the needles that come with the bottles. These needles go down inside the tips of the bottle and allow you to make almost pinpoint precision dots of color. I haven’t gotten that part downpat yet but I’m working on it and hopeful. Hahahaha! I did expect this package to take forever to get here. It did not. I ordered late Tuesday afternoon and the box was here Thursday morning. All the way from Ireland! I don’t even get in-state mail that fast. Bonus points for Daryl at Kielty!

First off let me say this is a screen shot from who is also selling the inks. Not the needles, the inks. The color names on the bottles are in Irish – I totally don’t speak Irish, so I am thankful Barb posted the names along with their English counterparts.

For this project I began with aqua blue and some isopropyl alcohol. A squiggle line of alcohol and two drops of aqua blue was all I needed.

I began moving the color by tilting the 5″ x 7″ piece of Grafix Craft Plastic. Just letting the color and alcohol move and cover a decent amount of the surface. Hard to believe all that color came from two drops.

Then I added a couple drops of violet. This bottle was a little stiffer and harder to squeeze out color so I got probably three drops of color. I was a little concerned about how dark the color was initially but I shouldn’t have worried. It is an absolutely beautiful color!

I used my distress marker spritzer tool to blow air onto the puddles and push that color around hopefully creating beautiful cells of awesomeness! This tool is a hand squeeze thing that wears your hand out but the price is right. And I have it already. Hahaha! It does work great other than it makes my wrist feel like carpal tunnel in the future.

As you work with your air source, rotate and turn your tile to make things work for you. Don’t let it control you. Rotate and turn. The main thing is as long as your product is wet keep working it with the air until you get something you love.

I work fairly close to the surface and squeeze out puffs of air – all the time and working the paper.

Can you see the bubbles in lines along the top? That’s the edge of the alcohol. Just keep pushing. I used two colors on this piece but because of the way the alcohol combines and blends the color – you end up with a whole lot more! Now look at the lower edge. There is an area I thought was way too dark, so I added a drop of alcohol right on top of it.

Then I used my air tool to push alcohol and color and lighten that area.

I thought this area was too dark also, so I added a drop of alcohol here.

See how the air pushes the color out? I gave it a big ol’ squeeze! You can puff little bits of air, too, and work your color gently. But I really wanted to lighten that area up and I am impatient.

I came to a point where I knew this was complete. I love all the little bits of color, the little cells of cool! You can really see here how two colors – aqua blue and violet – can make others and tie the whole piece together. Can’t wait to add tangles to this piece! Although I think it is pretty much perfect already! Let me show you a couple more I made.

Yellow and harvest.

Yellow and clover.

Olive and aqua blue.

Aqua blue and purple.

Blueberry and aqua blue.

Red violet with a liberal amount of alcohol.

Overall I love the Kielty inks. I know Daryl is in the process of changing out some of the bottles and I think that will take care of the stiffness I had with one or two of the bottles. He said it will also take care of the small amounts of graininess I got in a few places. Although I don’t mind those bits of grain. I love that there is basically no smell. That translates into no headaches. No fumes-induced migraines. And I got some really nice extras! A wonderful padded zippered carrying case that holds all 27 ink colors, a bottle of the retarding solution and has two slots to add more colors or solutions when I want to. My set came with 20 blunt needles and a cleaning syringe. I also got some layering solution and a jar of super fine glitter dust. Haven’t played with it yet but will probably do that later today. Stay tuned for more fun with Kielty. Barb has the 27 colors available at or you can check out Kielty itself by clicking here.

10 thoughts on “Kielty Alcohol Inks

  1. Ooooo, stop it! You are always encouraging my craft supply hoarding habit! These are gorgeous and such wonderful extras!

    • the extras were the selling point for me and they got here just as fast as joggles delivers. I could not believe it!

  2. Can see you enjoyed the playing with these & those shades are interesting, the greenish ones caught my eye as did the initial aqua & purple. Lovely texture with those little air bubbles (or graininess). Looking forward to seeing what you do with the tangling on top of these.

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