Introduction: Ink Made From Root Beer

Canadian artist Marcel Dzama works with ink made from root beer - now you can too! It's cheap, easy and the results are quite nice to work with.

Step 1: Find Yourself Some Natural Root Beer.

Look for root beers with sasparilla in them - this natural colorant will last longer than the molasses and dyes used in your average soda pop.

Step 2: Boil Down the Root Beer

On medium heat on the stovetop, warm 1-2 bottles of root beer slowly. The water will evaporate leaving a sticky, concentrated syrup. Be careful not to have the heat on too high, or the sugar will burn easily.

Step 3: Transfer to Small Containers

Once you've got all the water evaporated and are left with your concentrated root beer, pour into small containers to use as paint pots.

Step 4: Create!

With a paintbrush, mix small amounts of water to the reduction to achieve more fluidity; much like you would with a watercolor. Also be sure to use watercolor paper or something of a heavier stock for optimal results. I like to use a warm-toned Arches paper. Enjoy!


Marx047 made it! (author)2009-11-08

Pretty sweet way of making ink; that Marcel Dzama guy makes weird paintings though (and way to pricy for his kindergarten art).

phoenyxashe made it! (author)2009-06-30

I've come across people painting with coffee and tea, but this is the first time I've seen root beer! Cool stuff!

Oryctolagus habilis made it! (author)2009-06-24

Aaah! All that wonderful root beer gone to waste! What a fantastic idea, though.

lemonie made it! (author)2009-06-16

And he's asking $3,000 for UNTITLED (nude woman births cowboy), 1998 Ink, watercolor, root beer 12 x 9 inches?! L

theRIAA made it! (author)theRIAA2009-06-16


cool ink though!

SicilianMafia made it! (author)SicilianMafia2009-06-18 is that guy gonna sell anything with those prices with that quality of art. Coll stuff though.

inkfed made it! (author)2009-06-17

@guardianfox - doesn't appear to be any issues, I've had one on my walls for almost 2 years now, not even sticky to the touch. I wondered that, too. @lemonie - he's still got mad style - the pic above is one I did as a class assignment to emulate an artist @theRIAA - thanks! I really like the look of it.

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