- Alcohol Ink (such as Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink)
- Blending Solution (Rubbing Alcohol or Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution)
- Glazed White Tile
- Enamel Gloss Clear Spray Paint
- Black Acrylic Paint and paint brush or Black Sharpie Marker
- Black felt (or color of your choice)
- Mod Podge or hot glue
- Exacto knife or scissors
- Paper Towels
- Rubber gloves
- Card board
- Wax Paper
- Plastic table cloth to cover work surface
|Example of ceramic tiles|
|Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink|
I also like using the Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution while others prefer the rubbing alcohol. To me, the rubbing alcohol can make the inks gritty, so it’s worth the $5 for the blending solution. I use the rubbing alcohol to clean my tiles first to make sure I have the cleanest surface before dropping the ink – again, things can get gritty if there is any dust or debris on the tiles. The rubbing alcohol is also useful if you get the ink on your hands or clothing – it may help lift the stain if used immediately (but wear old clothing just in case).
|Prepped surface with wax paper covered card board and prepared tile.|
2. If you haven’t already, put down the plastic table cloth onto your work surface. Line your card board with wax paper and place a couple of tiles onto it. I like to work with more than one tile at a time – it’s faster when you’re making batches.
3. Next, put on your gloves. I like to work with only ONE color at a time when using the inks, that way I don’t mix up the caps or forget to put the cap back on and knock over the bottle.
|Shows first color and how the ink blooms|
|Second color added and bloomed. Notice that ink isn't spreading as well on second tile.|
5. Next, add the second color and so on until most of the tile is covered. Remember, a little ink goes a long way and this is just the base color. Keep adding color until most of the tile is covered.
|Notice the white flecks on the second tile|
|Coasters after sealant spray|
Note: Mod Podge can take a few more days to dry where as hot glue is pretty much ready to go.
Enjoy your Alcohol Ink Tile Coasters!
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Madison, NC 27025