DIY Sugar Skull with Izink

by | September 7th, 2015 | 4

Hola! Clearsnap fans!  Lisa Marie Jimenez here sharing a little Latin culture with you today.  This DIY Sugar Skull was easily painted using Izink Pigment Inks.  I found this sugar skull at a discount store and it was crying to me, “Paint me please”.  So I had to purchase it! Before I show you how I painted this candy skull, I will share with you a little history on them.

 DIY Sugar Skull by Lisa Marie JimenezThe sugar skull origin springs from Mexico and are associated with the holiday, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). The holiday is for honoring and praying for loved ones who have passed.  The celebration begins at midnight on October 31 and continues to November 2nd.  Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in connection with the Catholic holidays:  All Saint’s Day and All Hollow’s Day (All Soul’s Day).

The reason they are called “sugar skulls” is because the authentic sugar skulls where made out of clay molded sugar, decorated with feathers, flowers, colored beads, foils and icing.  These sugar skulls are very colorful and whimsical, not scary at all.

Supplies to make this DIY Sugar Skull:

  • Izink Pigment Inks: Safran, Geranium, Mimosa, Orchid, Turquoise, Topaz
  • Small Paint Brushes
  • Small plastic medicine cups
  • Resin Roses, 2 large 1 small
  • Glue


Shake the bottle of Izink well before using.  Place a small amount of the ink into the plastic cup.  Use paintbrush to apply the ink, to the skull. Follow the picture above as a guide to coloring your sugar skull, or you can find many examples by doing a google search.

Painting DIY Sugar Skull with Izink

Allow the ink to dry. If your skull is made of a material that is heat resistant, you can use an embossing gun to dry the ink quickly.  This is especially useful if you need to layer another color on top. Sugar Skulls are very colorful, which allows you to use a variety of colors in the Izink line.  Finish the project by gluing the roses to the skull as shown in the pictures.DIY Sugar Skull Painting with Izink

I hope you enjoyed my project and learning a little about Sugar Skulls.  They are truly beautiful works of art.  Izink pigments inks are acid free and can be used in most scrapbooking and crafting projects.  There are 26 colors available, which ones will you chose for your next project?

Thank you for reading my post.  To see more of my craft and jewelry project, please visit my blog.

Lisa Marie Jimenez

About Lisa Marie Jimenez

Lisa Marie Jimenez is a professional jewelry designer, with 24 years of experience in the industry. She designed her own line of jewelry which sold to gift/clothing boutiques for 10+ years. Her designs have been published in US and International bead/jewelry magazines, along with several front cover features. Lisa’s designs have also graced the covers of four romance novels. She shares her jewelry designing techniques to others through her personal blog and currently writes a column for an international bead magazine.

4 Responses to DIY Sugar Skull with Izink

  1. Dana Tatar says:

    Amazing project! I must have one of these for my home. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  2. Deborah says:

    Where can a person buy the sugar skull to decorate Deborah

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