glycerin 101 for crafters!

glycerin 101 for crafters!


Glycerine, huh? What is it good for?
Absolutely everything in the craft room. Yeah alright, I have to apologize to
Motown for that little episode, but I wanted to tell you all about glycerine
because it’s quite fabulous, and I get asked all the time about the uses for
glycerine, and last week during Ask A Crafter, I think it was Elaine
left a comment saying “could you please list everything that I can use glycerine for. I bought it because you’re always talking about it, but now I can’t
remember what it was used for, so here it is. I’m doing it today and I will link to
videos in the video description. Also if it says “about”
under the video and then it says show more, you click on that, you see all the
goodness that I’ve typed up under my videos, and for those of you that are
looking at me like I have two heads because they don’t see that you’re
probably watching the video either on my blog or on Pinterest or on Google+, so if
you’re watching the video somewhere else click on the little logo I think it’s
right about there this says YouTube or maybe it’s on the other side of the
screen. That will take you to the YouTube watch page and then you’ll have all the
information and other people’s comments, so if susie-q from Kalamazoo says I use
glycerin for this, you’ll see her comment, and you’ll find something else you can
use it for, too. So yeah leave a comment if you have another use for glycerin,
because everyone would love to hear about it. Alright so I’ve
made a list, look at that you get a list, I’m not just talking out of
my butt here, the first thing that I use this for would be to re-ink
my embossing ink pad, and what I do is I buy it like this at the health food
store, it’s about $6.50 and 16 ounces, and so I pour it into a little like
infant Tylenol bottle that I’ve washed. It’s got a dropper on it which is really
handy because I’m not trying to pour out of the big opening ,so you want to put it
into something small that’s easy to handle or use a little pipette or
eyedropper to get it out of the big bottle. I would still put in another jar,
so you don’t contaminate the big bottle If something happens. Alright so then
what I do to re-ink my embossing pad there is I just squeeze it on there, and
usually I’ll use it straight, you might add just a little bit of water to it, but
generally it’s gonna work pretty good straight, every once a while I have to
wash out this pad, though, so it’s kind of damp all the time,
because I have the tendency to spill embossing powder and get it on my pad,
then I have to wash it off, and then I just add some straight glycerine so
you might want to add a little water to it. The other thing that’s really great
is that you can make your own pigment inks with glycerin and gouache paint,
which is an opaque watercolor, and I will add the link to that video right
underneath there, so make your own pigment ink with it. It’s great, you can
make your own ink refresher for dye based ink, so what this is basically is
about a tablespoon of glycerin in here, and 4 ounces of water 3 or 4 ounces
of water, shake it up, spray your ink pads, this works better than just spraying
with water because when you spray with water, you kind of just thin it down and
make it runny. The glycerin helps thicken the water and keep it moist, so as the
water evaporates it still get a little bit of moisture in there, and it just
helps the stamp pad remain juicy. This is for when your stamp pad is dried
up, not when it’s worn. Not when you’ve used up the ink, it’s kind of like you’ve
left the lid off and the ink is still in there, but it’s just kind of dry,
this will moisten it and it’s for dye based ink. I’ll type that recipe out
too. that’s not too difficult. Let’s see what else do I have in here? Oh
refill your blender pens. So what you want to do is take an equal mix of
glycerin and water, put in a like a little baby food jar, and then you can
uncap your pen just stick it in there and let it wake up, or you can use pliers
and yank the top of this right off, and you know, just use an eyedropper to drop
in the fluid in the middle and lie on its side for overnight and then it’ll be
good to go. I love these Stampin Up blender pens
because the ends stay nice and pointy. I’ve had these for probably about eight
years and the ends are still nice and pointy there, they work great. Let’s
see. Oh you can also use a glycerin to make
your own permanent gelatin printmaking plate, kind of like the expensive ones
that are sold in the art supply stores. I do have a video on that. and I will put a
link below, or maybe a link in the air, whooo, air links, annotations as they’re
called in YouTube lingo, so maybe you can click the screen somewhere, if I got my
eye together, or otherwise the link will be down below. But basically it’s
glycerin, water and gelatin and you make a fabulous gelatin printmaking plate. I
had used it with alcohol too, but the alcohol made the plate shrink up too
much, and the reason this works to turn gelatin into a
permanent gelatin plate is because it stretches out the hydrocarbons in the
gelatin and turns it into a plastic and really doesn’t make it act
any different, but when bacteria come along looking for their snack
they don’t recognize it as food, so it plasticizers it, it’s kind of really cool
and sciency wiency and everything and, I paid attention when I took my the Boy
Scouts to the the University and we met a scientist. I paid attention I learned
about plasticizing things. I’m a mad scienist of the crafty variety.
All right. Oh, if you’re an acrylic
painter, if you add a few drops of glycerin into your rinse water for your
acrylic paint, you will have a longer open time when you’re painting, which
means you can shade a lot better, you can blend a lot better, it makes your water
wetter basically, so a couple drops of this in your rinse water will be
fabulous for acrylic painters. All right so the other thing I want to show you,
because I did get a question on my blog about watercolor, and a lady had bought
some student grade watercolor paints and then she squirted them in her palette let
him dry like I suggested, but then they got all cracked and crumbly like that, so
she was gonna throw it out and try again. Ans I said “Wait! No no no, don’t do that”. What you
want to do is you want to add glycerin to your watercolor paint if it’s the
lower quality student brand, the higher quality stuff has it in it already or
honey in it, one of those two- glycerin is basically like a water soluble oil,
it’s very slick and oily but it’s water soluble, so that’s why it works so
fabulously in all these craft supplies. It doesn’t stain your paper like an oil
would. It can be mixed with water media, it makes your water wetter, it
just it helps your markers glide across the paper. In fact, I have another
video I’m going to link to, this is how to re-ink your marker so you can use it,
also for information on re-inking your blender pens, but it’s also how to make
ink for your markers, your water-based markers, and re-ink them so you don’t
have to go and buy a new one, as long as your tips are good, okay? So if you have a
palette that looks like this, what you want to do, you can just drop a little
bit of glycerin in there, this one’s not too bad, this blue one’s pretty good, I just put
a few drops of glycerin in there and let it soak in and that’s going to keep that paint moist, but if you’ve got a bunch of really
crinkly bought crinkly parts just squeeze a little paint into the
palette, it’ll help kind of glue all the other paint together, and then just put
in, I’ll show you here, just put a drop of glycerin right in there, just a drop or
two, don’t go too crazy, but it’s gonna help keep everything moist in there, and
make the paint ready to go when you are. This was my daughter’s watercolor paints
so she’s at the student grade paints, but they’ll work just as well, just a
little bit of glycerin will help it perform more like an artist grade, so
there you have it, a big ole list of what you can do with glycerin in seven
minutes. Awesome! Oh, and, you like my my wrap? I showed you how to make
that yesterday. I’ll put a link to that too, cuz I’m just link happy today. I
guess, I don’t know, I should be cleaning in my house. I’ve tooking, tooking a break from house cleaning. I think I need to take a break
from video making, cuz apparently I’ve forgotten how to speak, but there you
have it, glycerin, all wrapped up into one video. Thank you very much for watching!
Thumbs up and subscribe if you like this video. Leave a comment if you have any
questions or any other suggestions for glycerine, and until next time, happy
crafting!

100 Comments

  • charles larsh says:

    AIR BRUSH WATER BASED ACRYLICS AND GLYCERINE SCREEN WASH? MAKE ANY SENSE?

  • onna addis says:

    I left a question for you re: glycerin and the color pencil blender pen. I found this..rewatcher and am standing the pen in veg. Edible glycerin. Its all I had and figured it's good safe must be the one. I will let you know.. My other thought was but 3 at a time.. I'm never sure if the active ingredient is a solvent..ewπŸ’πŸ˜š love you and I watch you on my tv. Mostly I'm in bed crafting due to my disintegrating spine get. Crating helps.. Thus YOU HELP.. Tytyty!

  • Jean Migliori says:

    Not sure if this has been added, when I took my cake making and decorating class many years ago, we used Glycerin in the coloring paste, just a tad with a toothpick to loosen it up. Then dab a bit of your color into your rose frosting mix.

  • JaNetNMelissaWise says:

    Linsdey, I absolutely LOVE your videos and all you share!! I always learn so much from you and cannot thank you enough for all the fantastic knowledge you share with us! I need help with something a little different. I have a new ink pad.. (Gina K amalgam ink) and no matter what I do the ink completely saturates the stamp and I just get a terrible blob on my paper. So I am thinking the pad is just "too juicy" is there anything you can suggest I do to make this a useable pad again? Thanks in advance! β™₯

  • jeri elliott says:

    Watch the glycerin video – you're great – full of energy – enjoy the video and got the info I needed – specifically drops of glycerin in my rinse water for my acrylic painting! THANK You – from Queenstown New Zealand !!

  • Juliana Ziervogel says:

    Hi, Juliana from South Africa, thanks for the information. I would like to add that as a bobbin lacer, we use glycerine in the rinse water after (washing) the piece of lace.

  • Vicki k Gibson says:

    If you would like to see some huge plants preserved in a glycerine mix check this out at Tall Grass Prairie conservation site:)https://tallgrassprairiecenter.org/prairie-roots-project/preserving-roots

    Cheers fellow artist!:)
    Nature Centre Display Artist

  • Shannan Bunch says:

    WowwyWowwzaWhoa! Energy is Your middle name! Um LoveLOVELoving AAALL of the info you so generously share, youre very knowledgeable. Thanks!

    I'm searching for the best embossing ink pad & powders, workin w/aVarice heatgun. My Inkadinkado giant emb pad is drying after many many years! Would'j'ya suggest glycerin for it? I REALLY need reliability on upcoming projects, thank you!
    ~X🌾🌸🌿X~

  • Candice Garza says:

    Hi , I love all your videos. I had a quick question. I was wondering how to revive my alcohol ink marks?

  • Maggie of House Valera says:

    Check out YouTuber Coloring Bliss. I bought glycerin after watching her use it to paint with gel pens. Also another surprising item you can use to extend the dry time with acrylics is KY personal lubricant. You mix it right on your palette. I learned that tip from Clive5Art. Happy crafting!

  • Dianna Diatz says:

    Here I am, watching this video again. You just make me lol!!

    Have a great week!

    Dianna

  • Katherine Gillikin says:

    Love your energy. WHY is the music so loud (or even used)?

  • Lee King says:

    Wow is this an older video! So glad that it is I still here! I
    I wanted to let you know that I tend to dump my embossing powder. too. Last week I found out that I I saw a Catherine Pooler video and she showed us a new gadget that she found to place the embossing powder and it opens up on the bottom and drops out tiny spurts of it right on your project! She carries it now at her store. Just thought you may be interested.

  • mysticalsister says:

    Add to recipe for homemade popsicles and it will prevent them from having ice shards in them.

  • Barbara Hallowell says:

    5 years after you filmed this, I found you πŸ™‚ YEAH!!! Great info, just subscribed. I'm all about frugal, crafting and arising can get stupid expensive. Mostly I like you and your sparkly self! As a generality artsy crafts people tend to be fun and funky, call me biased but when I roll up on a tutorial presented like my 7th year bio-chem lectures I get nervous and bug out FAST. I don't know, skill and technique are very important but at the end of the day we make stuff because it's fun and we have to or we'd go full on mental. I like tutorials vids WTF ever that hang in that space. I guess, just saying I dig your mojo and thx for good info. πŸ™‚ 😊

  • Melvorgazh says:

    Hey, lovely lady!
    Would you know how to make ink for typewriter ribbons?
    Thanks a lot!

  • Phil Morgan says:

    Great video , thanks. πŸ™‚

  • Kathleen Renninger says:

    fantastic! Thanks.

  • Military Mom says:

    Hi Lindsay! I love watching your vids – you are by far my favorite YT crafter…and so incredibly talented. Thanks for your kind heart and wisdom. I recall all the time something you said in another vid about if we craft only when we have time – we'd never craft So true! I've applied that to other areas of life as well. Take care and Happy Crafting!!πŸ’–πŸ’–

  • leslie nikulka says:

    "Mad scientist", hahahahahaaa. Yes, Lindsay you are…and I thank you for sharing your mad secrets for glycerine. HAHAHA!

  • Mike L says:

    Stick with your day job.

  • Laura Marie says:

    Can you make alcohol ink with it? I’ve been trying to make my own any suggestions?

  • This Girl Rocks says:

    I wonder if I can salvage some ink in my printer… I'm always running out of color inkπŸ€”

  • This Girl Rocks says:

    Lol… thanks so much πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. I'm up now at 3:00 a.m. ….yes watching this video 😎.

  • quigleymp says:

    What an amazing video. Where have you been all my life? You make it all seem so easy and so less expensive. Thank you so much! Patty from St. Louis….

  • Renee L. Marks says:

    I like using my watercolors dry but I love some of the artist grade Winser & Newton colors and their pans are not only too expensive but not always available. I found out how W&N make their dried pans. So whenever I use my Winser & Newton tube watercolor, I put a drop of Glycerin in and mix with a toothpick so that when or if it dries, it will behave exactly like their pans. They are the only brand now days who make their tube watercolors different than their pans. The only difference is, W&N artist grade dried PAN watercolors have more glycerin in the formula. Glycerin really makes dry watercolor re-wet instantly.

  • Jane Goodwin says:

    You can get good quality glycerin by the gallon on eBay or other places. And far less than what you will pay for it at a health food store.

  • Sandi Riemann says:

    I Want Some Of "WHAT" She's Taking….

  • cristina jones says:

    Is it possible that I used too much glycerin for my "snow globe" ? It's all stuck 1/2and 1/2 on the top and bottom. I used a spaghetti sauce jar and 6 capfuls of glycerin. πŸ™

  • GemCaprica says:

    I seen a video on YouTube that you can make your own alcohol ink blending solution by using a drop or two or pure glycerin and water. Sure would save a ton of money. That stuff is expensive!

  • A s says:

    what do you smoke before you film these videos?

  • ann lopes says:

    i love your videos Lindsay

  • Joni Miller says:

    Homemade stamp cleaner…2 tbs of glycerin, small squeeze of baby shampoo and 8 oz of water.

  • Omileti says:

    Some of the info I saw in other videos BUT Your energy is just amazing and I enjoyed watching you. Thank you for sharing your love for helping us stretch our artsy goodies longer. πŸ™‚ Have a great one.

  • Livia Montalvo says:

    Hi Lindsey! I am a card maker, I use translucent parchment paper also known a vellum. Usually I paint with pencils and am looking to make a blender at home. Will glycerin work as a blender, do I have to water it a little? Water warps parchment paper, if I need to add water can I add alcohol in place of water?

  • Susan Ohlson says:

    YOU ARE AWESOME!!! I’m new to watching these crafting tips. Who knew! Love, Love, Love your enthusiasm. Thank you! Cheers to creating.

  • Jewell Moebus says:

    Luv this. Trying it asap. Thnx. Jewell

  • Missy B. says:

    When I was a kid a long, long time ago, we added a drop of dish soap to our water color tins. I don't know who told us to do that. I now know it was the glycerin that made it all more fun!!

  • CobraDove says:

    Make your own alcohol ink blending solution with a few drops of glycerin and alcohol πŸ˜‰ also I USE THE EDIBLE kind in my sugar-free homemade icecreams….sooo good

  • Mary Jones says:

    Thank you

  • Classic Josephine says:

    Can you please do a video on honey and watercolours 🌼

  • Carol Tillietmo says:

    Lindsay, can I use glycerin and rose water? It is what I have on hand.

  • invisible star says:

    So can I use it for fluid art

  • Wendy Margaret Davies-Stead says:

    Hi Lindsay. Thank you for this I bought a BIG bottle and had forgotten what you said to do with it also. You have cheered me up on a miserable grey, wet and dull morning in Wales. The mad scientist bit was great. Please never change you always cheer me up. Hugs and Luvs xx Wendy

  • isabel nazareth says:

    U rock

  • Ingerlise Gaarder says:

    Energetic crafter. Many letters pr minute and many good tips. Humorus as well. Thank you πŸ€ͺ

  • Ang M. says:

    Watching in 2019 and delighted to have found this channel! The information on this channel is excellent and provided in a way that even a beginner like me can use.

  • brenda Allen says:

    You are too fun the watch! I do enjoy all your videos!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Ellie Merc says:

    Yay on tip for acrylic painters! Thanks much, love your energy!

  • Mohammad Salim says:

    My first watch>>nice and lively

  • Carol Jacobs says:

    Fab video love your energy & found so many ways to use glycerin!!

  • Dan Lantaff says:

    Thanks for the watercolor tip. I am going to try this on non-cracked cake paint to see what it will do. An aside. Some folks have expressed dissatisfaction about your fast talking and cutting up. Personally, I like it when you are off your meds. Thank you.

  • Beth Hemry says:

    Thank you Lindsay, my friend and I were just looking for a rewetting solution for our ink pads.

  • YOUR FAVORITE DEPLORABLE says:

    I'm pretty sure I love you…

  • DenverDazzle says:

    I love your crocheted head band and sweater! did you make them?

  • Orchid Girl says:

    I saw someone doing a watercolor painting with it. She laid the glycerin down first on the area she was going to be painting.

  • PapersNstuff says:

    can I also use glycerin to fix my nuvo mousse? My nuvo mouse is all dried up and barely used it. Or please can you tell me what I can do to fix it? Thank you

  • Deborah viner says:

    so funny i also bought glycerin after watching a video by you and also couldn't remember what the heck i wanted to do it for lol now i can't find the glycerin which if i can ever find this netflix cleaning video i will find again lmao

  • Deborah viner says:

    which works best for stopping watercolors from cracking gum arabic, honey or glycerin ?

  • Elly Davis says:

    Is versamark just glycerine then?

  • Allison King says:

    you're awesome Lady! I love your energy!

  • My crafty mind 4U says:

    Can I add a glycerin to nuvo glimmer paste after it has dried out & will it revive it?

  • Twyla DeMille says:

    New subscriber! Thank you for all your great information. I will spend days watching your past videos.
    Quick question. Can I use glycerine to revive my older Color Box Cats Eyes Chalk Inks?
    Thanks for all you do for this crafting community!

  • Kathryn Connell says:

    science-y/wience-y : my new favorite word!!

  • Suzy Fick says:

    Love watching your YouTube video's, hope its not too late to ask a question about your glycerin video. Would you use baby oil?

  • joellzey says:

    Lindsey you make me smile when I am having a really hard day with my autoimmune diseases. πŸ€—

  • C. Maree Harris says:

    Question please: How do you fix a dried out GOLD Stamp Pad – is it the same process? …it's virtually brand-new – forgot to put cover back on last night :o(

  • Kathy Escott says:

    For acrylic paint pourers you can make your own paint extender to use as a pouring medium (like Floetrol). 100 grams pva 35 grams distilled water and 5 drops of glycerin.

  • Marge Zylla says:

    Can glycerin be used to keep face paints wet? I am in a very arid area and they dry out as fast as I wet them with water alone.

  • Melinda Brooks says:

    Hi, I’m trying to make/buy a glycerin clear pen to use to blend gel pens. The closest I’ve thought of is filling an empty gel pen with glycerin. Any ideas?

  • Carolyn Shanks says:

    You are awesome!

  • Mary Hutt says:

    What is the difference between vegetable glycerin and drugstore glycerin,?

  • LaVon Dozer says:

    Do you know of a way to make a dabber bottle like the Tim Holtz distress stain bottles? They must not be making these anymore–at least I can't find it in the walnut color. Love your ideas and instructions. Thanks.

  • Joyce H. says:

    Hi Lindsey…love, love, and love your channel. Can you use the glycerin and water mix on old Stampin Up ink pads?

  • Dinese Beckert says:

    You totally forgot to mention how wonderful it is, mixed with hyaluronic acid (like adding water to your face) for a wonderful facial moisturizer!! The glycerin holds in the gell of moisture from the 'naturally' produced hyaluronic acid πŸ€— Great tips for stamps and watercolor pens, love it!!

  • Michelle Guzman-Dixon says:

    First time viewer loved your suggestions and thanks for making me laugh, this morning. i also have tooken a break from work to watch your video!!! luv it

  • Mary Hutt says:

    Is the glycerin you buy in the drug store the same?

  • Merry Graphix says:

    Hey, Lindsey, great studio tips for painters, πŸ’ I think I have a bottle in the cupboard. Will try it in the water for acrylic painting, ~ Have a nice holiday weekend 😍🌻✨

  • Awenda says:

    Cheers ,

  • i am hoagie says:

    Glycerine is also known as liquid smoke. It's used in smoke machines to produce enormous amounts of smoke for stage and also for leak detecting in cars.

  • Elaine Acree says:

    How much glycerin should you add to gouache paint to keep it moist on the palette? I keep seeing suggestions to add glycerin to Winsor & Newton's Designers Gouache to help make it re-wet after drying in the pan. Some say W&N doesn't rewet well while others say just spritz it with water and let it stand up to 15 minutes and it works fine. I just got the set of Designer Gouache and I'm trying to learn the best way to use it. (The 10 tube Introductory Set of Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache is just $25.95 on Amazon today). Thanks!

  • Elaine Acree says:

    How much glycerin should you add to gouache paint to keep it moist on the palette? I keep seeing suggestions to add glycerin to Winsor & Newton's Designers Gouache to help make it re-wet after drying in the pan. Some say W&N doesn't rewet well while others say just spritz it with water and let it stand up to 15 minutes and it works fine. I just got the set of Designer Gouache and I'm trying to learn the best way to use it. (The 10 tube Introductory Set of Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache is just $25.95 on Amazon today). Thanks!

  • Rahul Choudhary says:

    Madam, can i use versamark for watermarking purpose, if no then how to watermark!!

  • Teresa Kubat says:

    I have gold and silver acrylic paint dabber and they are almost dry. Just almost and I like to revive them . Is that possible and how ?

  • Anna Stol says:

    Hey Lindsay do you have a recipe for making acrylic gel medium for use when collaging please? love your videos

  • Kymberly Abbe says:

    Omg your fun!

  • Stefanie Staniak says:

    Great ideas, thank you.

  • Robin Smith says:

    You are such a joy to watch.

  • Cathey DeRosa says:

    I adore your videos! You make me laugh and smile through each and every one. You are so gifted and I appreciate all you have taught me and so many others. Thank you for your happy and wonderful crafty ideas.

  • janice patterson says:

    Looking t preserve green leaves on a dead branch

  • janice patterson says:

    I do not care for artificial plants AND trees & would like to preserve several cut branches to be arranged for indoor use/decor. The effect of a living tree, HOW can this be done ??
    I hav Google searched AND this topic of plastecising with glycerine seems t be the only method spoken about on internet. Are there any other products, methods known for what I am trying to create ??
    I may be contacted by > email:
    ladyseseville@gmail.com
    Thank you for this video !!! j

  • Kimmy Sheorey says:

    Love your energy

  • SimpLee Beth says:

    Awesome! You rock! Thanks! xo

  • muskndusk says:

    Can anyone recommend a brand? I'm getting so confused between vegetable glycerin (no e) and vegetable glycerine (with the e) while searching on Amazon. PS I'm in the UK.

  • Hellseeker - Inc says:

    You made the every sentence count. One great idea after another. Sad i can only give 1 like when you gave a few dozen great tips😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

  • keller crucita says:

    Wow! What a great tip!
    You was the first person on youtube I began to follow some years ago.

  • BushcraftOnFire says:

    I know this is an old video.. so I hope you see this question. I used a single drop of Glycerin in my Lukas paints.. But there is a problem. The paints take forever to dry now when I apply them to paper. I had some that didn't dry for almost a week.. and they were very shiny when they were dry. Suggestions?

  • Wendy Margaret Davies-Stead says:

    Hi Lindsay, what does adding water do to the glycerin do please? Hugs xxx.

  • Ranjani Varadpande says:

    Great video Lindsay, I like all yours because of the name too !1the name I love too
    !crafting as a Hobby is NOT cheap in some places like mine !!

  • Wendy Margaret Davies-Stead says:

    Hi Lindsay, I have watched this one loads of times but I switched you on now to see if you answer the question I have before I ask it, you didn't so I will ask now. I have a few not very wet embossing pads can I just buy reinkers and make them into coloured ink pads? Thank you xxxx

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