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  • Jennifer Hogan

    Alcohol Ink Tiles: "oh, those are alcohol inks. ceramic tile. easy. fun." i filed this away in my future creative explosions folder and forgot about it until i dashed into michaels last week for glue, took a wrong turn and wound up in the adirondack ink aisle instead. i took this as a sign, bought six bottles of ink and the alcohol blending solution, and ran over to home depot for ceramic tiles. sixteen cents each! then i went home and hit the bottle. alcohol-tile-2 alcohol-tile-3 alcohol-tile-4 alcohol-ink-6 alcohol-tile-5 so easy, so fun, just as sandra said it would be. the results are nearly immediate. alcohol ink dries very quickly on non-porous surfaces. start with a thin layer of the alcohol blending solution, spreading it evenly with a toothbrush. (this diffuses the color, brings out the saturation and extends the drying time.) then squeeze big drops of one color on the tile and watch it do the weirdest stuff ever. then just experiment with the color layering. adding another color to a wet layer will blend the two together, while adding color to a dry layer will create a distinct, bright color separation. try drawing directly with the tip of the bottle on the tile, moving the ink around with q-tips, and blowing it around with a straw. you'll get all sorts of interesting effects. every single one will be a surprise. and yes, once in a while a tile will wind up in a big muddy mess that just seems unfixable. don't throw it out. just squirt the thing with a coat of the alcohol blending solution, wipe it off and start over. this alcohol is very forgiving. when you're happy with the outcome, ink the sides of the tile for a more finished look. here's another step-by-step tutorial from julia of the spotted sparrow that shows you how to apply the ink with felt. i'll also emphasize that you MUST varnish the tile when you're finished with a waterbased (not solvent-based) sealer and let each coat dry COMPLETELY in between, as much as it TORTURES me to write that. i am a very impatient person and despise waiting, but there is no room for a cavalier attitude here. you must varnish that thing or the ink will scratch off. after four or five coats, you can back it with felt for a coaster, glue on a hanger and show it off on the wall, display it on a mini easel or even use it as a backsplash tile in your kitchen.

  • Kerry Heineman

    Art w/ Rubbing Alcohol inks COLORS! Colors!

  • Kristen Kimble

    alcohol ink tutuorial. love the colors.

  • Christi Abbott

    OK art teachers - we need to make these!!

  • Theresa Swentesky

    Next art project - Tile coasters using alcohol inks on ceramic tile.

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