DIY Alcohol Ink Art Switch Plates

DIY Alcohol Ink Art Switch Plates and Outlet Covers

Last fall, I decided to repaint my entire house. Big job but I was sick and tired of the ‘builder beige’ walls so it was totally worth it!

Now, my soft gray walls with fresh white trim look so much better. While I love my walls, I did notice they need a pop of color. So, I thought … why not try painting some alcohol ink art on the light switches and outlet covers?

Plain white switch covers are just boring and dull and artist painted or ceramic switch covers are super expensive.

I recently discovered alcohol inks and absolutely love the unique watercolor effects you can achieve. Plus, alcohol inks are super easy even for beginners to use. So, let’s DIY some switch plates.

Look how I made Alcohol Ink Christmas Ornaments!


DIY Switch Plate Covers, FiberArtsy.com

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DIY Alcohol Ink Art Switch Plates


Supplies:

Supplies for painting with alcohol inks


DIY Switch Plate Covers, FiberArtsy.com


Alcohol Inks
White or Light Switch Plates or Outlet Covers
Rubbing Alcohol
Medium to thick Art Paint Brush
– Straw (optional)
Clear Acrylic Sealer
– Disposable cup or dish
– Table cover
– Gloves (optional)

– Plain sheet of paper


Prep to paint:


Cover your table with a plastic table cloth. Trust me, you don’t want alcohol inks on your table. Pour 1/2 cup or so of rubbing alcohol in your disposable cup. Now, place a switch plate on the piece of paper and open all of your alcohol ink bottles.


Paint the Switch Plates:


There are many different ways to use alcohol inks, this is just what I did:

Dip your paint brush in the rubbing alcohol and completely cover one of the switch plates or outlet covers. Make sure it’s totally wet.

Now, drip some alcohol ink onto the rubbing alcohol and watch it flow. You can move the ink around with a brush or blow it with the straw.


Drip Alcohol ink on the light switch covers, FiberArtsy.com


Add more colors … Don’t forget the edges and the tops of the screws.


Add second color of alcohol ink


Add more alcohol ink


Seal the Alcohol Ink:


Let your switch plates dry overnight. Now, carefully carry the plates outside (on the paper) and spray them with a thin coat of acrylic sealer. Hold the can of spray as far away as you can.

The pressure from the spray will move the dried alcohol ink a little bit but the paint will blend back together before it dries. Wait the recommended time on the spray and add a second coat. Let dry completely and you’re ready to install your beautiful DIY switch plates.


Seal the alcohol ink on the plate covers


DIY Switch Plate Covers, FiberArtsy.com


DIY Switch Plate Covers, FiberArtsy.com


Don’t you just love the bright colors? Why live with plain, ugly light switch covers when you can have little works of art instead? I get compliments on my light switch covers all the time. They are so lively and colorful on my neutral gray walls without being overpowering or gawdy.

This alcohol ink painting technique could also be used to make some fun and funky coasters. Great Gift idea! Just make sure to use an extra strong sealer if the piece will get used a lot.

My switch plates have held up amazingly well. The only one showing some scratches is the outlet we use to charge our cell phones all the time. The rest of the switches and outlets are not showing any wear at all.

Also see Alcohol Ink Christmas Ornaments!

Enjoy!
Annette
FiberArtsy


DIY Alcohol Ink Art by FiberArtsy.com Make your own fun DIY Art with this easy Alcohol Ink Art tutorial. You can decorate your walls with colorful switch plates and outlet covers!

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DIY Switch Plate Covers, FiberArtsy.com




Comments

  1. Cynthia Nye says:

    Very pretty. Instead of spray acrylic to seal, could clear poly be used? I’m thinking of a different application.

  2. Barb Larson says:

    Beautiful, and I have a day off. I already have everything I need, I’ll be doing these this afternoon. Thanks!

  3. Toni Barnett says:

    A project I can do with my grandson! He’s quite artistic and would really enjoy creating something functional like this. And I would like to make a trivet using a large square ceramic tile.

  4. Lovely. What color inks did you use for the 3 switch plate and its 1 switch plate companion? Thanks.

    • Hi there,
      Those were done with Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange, the dark blue and teal (I can’t find the specific name of those colors) and I believe some of the dark brown. All of mine were done with Adirondack Alcohol Ink brand.
      Thanks!
      Annette

  5. Rita O'Neil says:

    I accidentally ordered Dr.Ph.Martin India ink, will this work or am I out of luck? Ty

    • I’ve never heard of those but I checked out the description and it says they work on almost all surfaces. Looks like they should work fine. Give em a tray and let me know how it turned out.
      Happy Friday :)
      Annette

  6. Roslyn Banks says:

    Thank you for your tips and tutorial. I’ve done the ceramic tiles and ready to do some plates. I’m not a “painter” but I’m enjoying the designs I’m making using alcohol inks.