Thursday, May 30, 2013

Alcohol Ink Coasters

The first time I saw projects done with alcohol ink, I was amazed.  I knew I had to try this stuff out.  I'm still a newbie though.  This was my very first project.  I had some extra tiles leftover from my scrapbook paper tile coaster projects, so I thought that would be a good place to start.  You can use alcohol ink on any smooth surface.  It is alcohol soluble as long as it isn't dry--so you can start over or clean up with a bit of rubbing alcohol. I had the "Farmer's Market" color collection of Adirondack Inks.  They are bright green, dark red, and indigo in color--the actual names are all named after food, but you get the idea.

I started out by wetting the tiles with rubbing alcohol (they do sell a special blending solution that I haven't purchased yet to see how it works). Then I dropped colors on.

As the colors were added, they started to bleed and mix.  I just kept on trying to cover the whole coaster and still end up with something pretty.

As these colors mixed and dried, they got darker and a bit muddied.  I played around a little with dropping a little alcohol on the tile and dabbers (which didn't really work), and ended up with these. Once they were all dry, I sprayed the coasters with some Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer, then I cut some felt squares for the bottom and glued them on with tacky glue.

They turned out darker than I thought, but still pretty neat.  I look forward to trying other projects with these inks and trying other color sets--perhaps a brighter one next time.

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