Sunday, June 23, 2013

Alcohol Inked Tile Coasters

Another awesome idea from Pinterest:

                         Alcohol Ink Tile Coasters

Father's Day was coming up fast and after seeing this pin, I decided I had to try it out...

From Pinterest, it was hard to track down a really thorough  tutorial from the original pin, so here is a mini-tute with some info that will make your project turn out fast and beautiful !!

FYI:  It's important to make sure you get the non-porous tiles - shiny top layer- believe it or not, I bought a stack of porous coaster that, after adding the ink, did not turn out right at learn from my mistakes:)

Here are all the "ingredients" for this project:

* Square white tiles
* Rubbing Alcohol
* Ranger Alcohol Inks in different colors of choice
* Mod Podge
* Black Felt
* Black paint
* Clear Glaze or sealer of choice
* Paintbrushes and wax paper or something to work on to protect you counter space so it doesn't get all blotched with ink like mine did :)

First, using your paintbrush, coat your tile piece generously with rubbing alcohol:

 Then begin to add droplets of different colors onto the tile - don't add too much at first and the color will spread a bit on it's own to mix together:

Set the tile to dry for a while, but keep an eye out for white spots creeping into the design - You may need to add a bit more ink into those areas to get the whole tile covered. (This was a little frustrating for a bit as the ink would just spread to reveal white spots over and over again - put persistence is key...just keep dropping tiny drops of color where needed....)


After a few hours of being left to dry, your tiles should be ready to carefully paint the sides with the black paint to give the tiles a cleaner look (then having faded colors leaked down the sides)....

Once the black paint is's time to add the Mod Podge glue to the back of the tile with another paintbrush.....

Now, position your pre-cut felt piece over the back and press down to move the felt and secure it into the grooves on the back of the tile.....Let them dry for another few hours....

Finally, add a sealer of your choice to preserve the beautiful patterns your inks have become......

And, there you are.....

Voila !!

These coasters were a big hit on Father's Day ! Luckily I have plenty of supplies to make more to give as birthday gifts....

Feel free to comment if you have any questions about this process and I will get right back to you :))

Till next time,
    Wicked jypsi


  1. looks like fun going to give it a try

  2. Awesome! Would this work with Glass tiles??

    1. While I'm not 100% sure whether it would or not, I don't see why it wouldn't. My only concern would be finding paints and glazes that will stick.

  3. Did you seal your coasters with anything?

    1. It said to spray the tiles with the sealer of your choice to preserve the ink patterns. :)

      In this case, a can of Kryolan clear glass was used. Hope that helps!! :)

  4. Can you use these for coffee, hot things? Do you have to bake them after? And what type of sealer are you using? I have read a few diff things about what to use, then you bake it.