We’ve really been into working with alcohol ink lately! It’s just one of those mindless mediums that is fun to do and pretty much always has a great outcome!
We had left over hexagon tiles from our tabletop fountain, so we turned them into coasters for the summer!
If you’ve worked with alcohol ink before you know it’s an experience!
When you add rubbing alcohol to the ink it changes right before your eyes and creates a very organic natural design on its own.
To make the coasters you’ll need:
Alcohol ink (we used teal, blue and gold)
Spray bottle (optional)
Add a small amount of rubbing alcohol to the tile and lightly wipe around with a paper towel.
While wet, add about 4 or five drops of the alcohol ink. Swirl the ink around the tile, but not going all the way to the edge.
Now for the fun part! Fill the dropper with rubbing alcohol and add drops on top of ink. Watch the magic.
Use a spray bottle for a speckled look.
Blot with paper towels if it becomes muddy looking. There’s really no right or wrong way to do this, play around and enjoy the process!
When you’re happy with the outcome, sprinkle some salt on the title and let dry.
Wipe off salt and add a coat of sealer to keep ink vibrant and washable.
Cut a piece of felt to size and glue to the bottom.
Check out our other alcohol ink project making catch trays for our palo santo!
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I’ve seen this technique used several times, but never on these hex coasters. They look great! And so colorful! Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering for the first time! There is another link party on Tuesdays that you may be interested in… Tuesday Turn About via My Wee Abode starts tomorrow at 3pm PST! We would love to you have as charter linkers! 😉
Awesome! We’ll go check it out!
Hello! I love this project and want to try it myself! Was any special kind of tile used?
No type of special tiles, just marble, but we think most would work. We found ours at Home Depot, they had single tiles on sale. We also have all our materials on our Amazon shop!
Please let us know if you have any other questions!
These are gorgeous! I love working with alcohol inks too, the results can be so varied and surprising. I’d love to know what kind of sealer you used as some of the ones I’ve tried before have made the ink run or become gummy. It looks like you had better results with yours.
I am finding that when I clean off the tile with alcohol and let it dry. I do my painting and also let that dry a few days before I seal it, Sometimes part of the ink painting comes off the tile. Any tips? I wanted to make these for Christmas but was frustrated that the ink came off.
Beautiful project! Can’t wait to try this. May I ask what the salt is for? I’ve seen some other alcohol ink projects that don’t mention it. Just curious….
Thank you! The salt just adds some additional dimension! Gives like a crystallized look!