DIY Alcohol Ink Tiles
Are You Looking for a Gift to Make?
If you are on a budget or just want to make a unique gift for someone special, look no further ! These DIY Alcohol Ink Coasters are perfect! I have included a supply list and easy to follow instructions with photos. You too can be an artist in no time!
Here's What You Will Need:
* Plain White Ceramic Tiles (these can be found in hardware stores~
I purchased a box of 100 for approximately $13)
*Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol
*Alcohol Inks (they can be found in the scrapbook section of a craft store)
*Felt, cork or plastic furniture guards (I found mine at Target)
*Clear Spray Glaze
Start With a Tile and Some Rubbing Alcohol and Paintbrush
Drip One Color Onto the Tile
Let the Magic Begin!
Are you ready to make fabulous homemade gifts that will dazzle your family and friends? This craft is easy, economical and very attractive.
Lay a clean garbage bag or sheet of plastic on your work surface. Then, set out all of your materials: Alcohol inks, paint brush, rubbing alcohol, gloves and paper towel.
For the first step, you will paint a thin coat of rubbing alcohol onto the tile. Let the air hit the tile a moment and select the first color you would like to put on the tile.
Make sure you are wearing gloves, then drip a dot of color onto the tile
As you notice, the color spreads out when the ink and alcohol touch
Watch Your Tile Change
Here's Where the Fun Begins
Now that you get the idea here, choose another color and drip it onto the tile. Don't worry about keeping the colors separated you WANT them to blend! It is truly a magical experience watching the inks dance around on the tile!
Begin Adding Other Colors
See How This Tile Changed?
Color Build and Blending
You can see the tile take on a personality and style as you add colors. You can stick to a certain color pallet or add multiple colors. Remember your old color wheel charts from school? For example, if you add a drop of blue and a drop of yellow? You will get a blend of green when the two colors mix.
Be careful not to add too many dark colors together because sometimes what you end up with is a very dark patch on the tile.
If you do have an area that got too much color,wait a couple of minutes and try this: select a lighter color that will match your tile and drip a drop over the area. Wait a moment and if it still is looking too dark, let the newest spot dry for a few minutes and re-apply the same color directly over the first spot. You will be surprised how the new color brightens up the spot!
As you add colors and blend you will see the tile changing right before your eyes. If you let your tile dry for a few minutes you can build layers on your tile. It creates a multidimensional effect that has highs and lows. You will be so happy by the beauty of the tiles!
In short amount of time you can have quite a few tiles completed! Please allow your tiles to dry for several hours before you move them or stack them. Once the tops of your tiles are dried, you will want to finish the sides of the tile too. Take an old plastic bowl or cap from a soda bottle and squirt your desired ink color into the container. Use your small paintbrush and paint the edges of the tile (You do NOT add rubbing alcohol) only paint on the ink. Again, let the ink dry for a few hours.
I usually wait until the next day and then I take the tiles outside or (to our garage if the weather is snowy) and put down another garbage bag on a flat surface and spray the clear sealer on the tiles. Allow the tiles to dry for a few hours. You have now completed your coasters! When the tiles have dried, affix the felt or plastic dots to the back corners of the tiles, (this will protect your furniture)
Handmade Gifts in Minutes!
Don't Like How the Tile Turned Out? Never Fear, Help is Here!
Want a Redo?
Do you have a tile that didn't turn out quite right? Don't worry there is simple fix. By simply pouring some rubbing alcohol onto the tile, let it sit a moment and grab a paper towel begin wiping the color off of the tile. In a matter of a few seconds you have a perfectly clean tile once again!
HOLD UP~ While you are smearing the colors around on the tile, take a moment and see what happens. The pink tile you see below is the result of blending the colors on the tile you see to the right. AMAZING RIGHT??
You will follow the same steps once the tile is painted, let it sit overnight and grab an old plastic container you wouldn't mind throwing away, and choose a color and squirt a small puddle into the container. You will use a paintbrush and paint the edges of your tile to give it a finished look. Let the tile sit for a few hours and when it is completely dried, you can spray the clear glaze onto your tile. You will need to let the tiles dry for a few hours. Once dry, add the furniture protectors to the back corners of the tiles. You are all done!
Find a cute square gift box or gift bag to package the tiles for gift-giving.
For Another Effect...
Hand Crafted Gifts
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- Have you ever made a handmade gift?
- Did you find these instructions easy to follow?
- Will you try to make these coasters?
Unique Handmade Gifts
Trust me, if you give a set of these coasters to your family or friends, they will first ask you how you did this! Then, they will be awed by your artistic talents.
So, grab the above listed supplies and start making individualized art that CANNOT be duplicated! Please know that you can make coasters or for a different look, buy small wall hangers and use some heavy duty craft glue to affix to the back so you create a wall hanging. Your possibilities really are endless. Don't forget to add your initials to the back of each tile, after all it is your masterpiece and an artist always signs his work!
So, what are you waiting for? Go make some art! Good luck and above all else...
Thanks for reading my Hub !
Please check out my friend Jamie's hub about making your own alcohol Inks! Super cool idea!! Thanks Jamie!
- DIY Craft Supplies- Make Your Own Alcohol Inks
This tutorial will show you how to use permanent markers and rubbing alcohol to make your own alcohol inks for your scrapbooking and craft projects. I think you will be very happy with the finished product and with the amount of money you can save ma
Claudia Smaletz from East Coast on July 27, 2019:
Loved this hub. Thank-you for the information.
WandaSalcedo on May 27, 2019:
Thanks for this great opportunity, I loved and had to try it
Jackie on November 12, 2016:
Can you use alcohol inks on plastic?
Alvaro Ferrero on December 28, 2014:
Unos azulejos realmente fantásticos. Ahora estoy empezando a pintar con tintas de alcohol comprendo la dificultad que entraña esta difícil técnica. Un saludo y enhorabuena.
cre8ivOne (author) from Midwest, USA on October 21, 2014:
Hi there, I tell you what, if you want these to last and be water proofed this final phase is essential. I have found you need to paint on about 2-3 coats of Mod Podge first, letting dry between layers for a few hours, then, I spray on a clear gloss sealer, again, I do several layers of this because I want my newly created art to last. Good luck!
Alissa on October 19, 2014:
What kind of sealer did you use? The one I got did not work. Please help.
cre8ivOne (author) from Midwest, USA on March 30, 2013:
Thanks for stopping by Rtalloni!
This is a great project and I love making these tiles. :)
RTalloni on March 28, 2013:
Such a neat project--thanks for your step-by-step how to!
cre8ivOne (author) from Midwest, USA on February 14, 2013:
Are you kidding?! That's fantastic! Very nice to have hubs that are perfectly tied together!
Jamie Brock from Texas on February 13, 2013:
cre8ivOne- I've linked to your hub here from my diy alcohol inks tutorial.. hope that's okay! This is such a cool project :)
cre8ivOne (author) from Midwest, USA on February 09, 2013:
Thank you SO MUCH for the kind words! I have fallen in love with this project, everyone who has received them as gifts seems equally as pleased. I am so happy I can link your hub to this one it's great you figured out how to make your own alcohol inks too! If you make this project be sure to send me some pics!
Jamie Brock from Texas on February 09, 2013:
WOW!!! I LOVE this... this really is SO COOL! I love the effect of all these inks running together. The pictures are stunning with very nice instructions. I'm bookmarking for sure. Going to link here from my DIY alcohol inks if that is okay. Thanks for this wonderful hub!!!
cre8ivOne (author) from Midwest, USA on February 09, 2013:
Thanks for stopping by Scooby! These look complicated to make but as I have shown here, they really aren't! Hope you try this project out!
ScoobySnacks27 on February 08, 2013:
These are SO cool! Thanks for giving great easy-to-follow instructions! I am planning to try to make these. Thanks again!