How to Paint With Sharpies and Alcohol

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I have a new favorite crafting project! I painted some tiles with Sharpies and Rubbing Alcohol and the outcome is crazy good!
  • how to paint with sharpies and alcohol, how to
This project is super easy, especially with the tips I can give you based off of the mistakes I made.
First, after cleaning your tile with soap and water and drying it, color in the tile with coordinating colors (or try for colors that don't coordinate! My daughter did and hers came out gorgeous!).
  • how to paint with sharpies and alcohol, how to
Next, using a small paint brush, dropper or small straw, drop small amounts of the rubbing alcohol. You'll start to see the rubbing alcohol blurring the colors together. Be patient and don't drop too much alcohol. You can always go back and do a little more if you think you need to.
  • how to paint with sharpies and alcohol, how to
Your wet tile should look like the one above. If it looks like the one below, don't fret! It's an easy fix.
  • how to paint with sharpies and alcohol, how to
Just add some more color with your Sharpie and then drip the alcohol to get the blurring going again.
And if you are totally dissatisfied with how your tile came out, the paint comes "paint" comes off easily with water!
Which brings me to my next point. These will need to be sealed really well. I'm in the process of experimenting with how to seal them, so I will update with the best way of doing that!
  • how to paint with sharpies and alcohol, how to
Be sure to head over to the blog for all of the details including the mistakes I made that you won't have to!

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Sharpies  (Michaels)
  • 91% Rubbing Alcohol  (Grocery Store)
  • 4.25 x 4.25 in Tiles  (Home Depot)
Marybeth Santos

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • B. Enne
    B. Enne Canada
    on Jan 20, 2017

    WOW! I have been too chicken (A.K.A cheap) to try alcohol ink projects. It never occured to me to try it with regular rubbing alcohol and Sharpies...brilliant!!! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try it.

    • Marybeth Santos
      Marybeth Santos Canton, MA
      on Jan 20, 2017

      It was so much fun to do! I hope you give it a try😃