Looking for a fun and easy handmade gift or craft? Alcohol ink tile coasters are easy to make and a great chance to make a pretty handmade gift.
You need just a few supplies most besides the alcohol ink you can pick up at your local grocery or discount store. You can also use sharpie makers too.
For the sharpie markers, just color the tile with different colors. Color closely together and cover the entire tile. Then using an eye dropper add drops of alcohol to the tile until you are happy with the results.
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All crafts need to be supervised by an adult. The alcohol ink will stain. Cover all clothes, hands, and surfaces.
Alcohol Tile Supplies
- Alcohol Ink – Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink
- 91% Rubbing Alcohol
- 4 in White Ceramic tiles – or get them at your local hardware store
- Plastic mixing cups
- Straws or Canned Air
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swabs
- Cork or felt- for backing
- Glue if you are using felt
- Disposable Gloves
- Plastic table cloth
Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish or spray – using as artwork
Duplicolor Acrylic Enamel Clearcoat – for coasters
Envirotex Lite resin – for coasters
Alcohol Ink Coasters How to
Step 1. Clean the ceramic tile with alcohol using a cotton ball. Leave a light layer of alcohol on the tile, just enough so it looks wet.
Step 2. Select your lightest color and put 5 drops around the tile. Use your cotton ball to spread the color over the whole tile.
Step 3. Next, using your second lightest color add a few drops in random spots. Then add your dominate or darkest color.
Step 4. Continue adding drops of color to your tile until you are happy with the results. Don’t over work it.
Step 5. Use a cotton swab to color the edge of your tile to give it a finished look. Let dry for 24 hours. Attached the cork or felt to the back for a finished coaster. Then seal.
Tips: Dropping alcohol will make a white space if you would like to add a lighter color in the middle of a darker color. Don’t want your colors to mix much? Wait and until they are dry to add the next color.
Experiment with using the cotton swab and dipping it in alcohol. Lightly flick or shake it to get little dots. Use a straw and blow for directional trails of alcohol.
To make the abstract flower, color the background with a light color. Then put a darker or contrasting color in the center and quickly blow from the center to each side and corner going around in a circle. Add a drop or two of alcohol to the center and let dry. Then add you center color.
To seal tiles –
Using your tile as a mini artwork or for decorative purposes only – Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish
For using your tiles as functional coasters – Duplicolor Acrylic Enamel Clearcoat or Envirotex Lite resin