How to Create Your Own Amazing Ink Art Coaster Set

9 Materials
2 Hours

I am loving how easy, creative and inspiring alcohol inks are to make a wide variety of pretty and useful items. I thought I’d share with you a simple low cost way to create wonderful colourful but practical coasters.

Alcohol inks on ceramic tiles

I am using plain ceramic square small wall tiles suitable for coasters and got a cream colour box of 24 to make them more economical.

A range of colours in alcohol inks and some pure alcohol 90% minimum. I use an air puffer to create patterns and a small plastic dropper bottle with tiny nozzle. All easily available online. For safety a face mask for fumes and gloves advisable and well ventilated room .

Squirt alcohol onto tiles

I begin by squirting a base coat of alcohol to tile as I find this allows for better spread of inks and as tiles are non porous the inks float into lovely swirly patterns .

I add a few drops of blue ink.

Adding blue ink

I begin to move the ink around and hold tile into different directions to get coverage .

Adding ink

I use the air puffer helps to move and disperse ink in really fun patterns .

Air Puffer

I make a few different tiles using base colours of dark blue pink and purple. The lovely exciting part is that each piece is so unique and these are with a fantasy futuristic style I really love. Yours will be uniquely your creations too and so much fun!

Adding alcohol to create patterns

I use the pure alcohol by squirting gently to create rings and patterns and it’s so fascinating to watch the colours react!

Adding alcohol to create parterns
Exploring colours

When I have done all four I leave to dry and then spray over surface a sealant protected that doesn’t make inks run As will also protect with epoxy resin after dry.

Spray with varnish

I prepare the resin coating according to instructions equal parts of each into two cups then Pour and mix together for 30 seconds until streaks gone.

Mix resin

Pour over and spread evenly coating surface. Leave to dry for 24hrs.

Coat with resin
Coat evenly
Leave to dry

I then cover the backs with thin fabric squares to protect furniture.

Glue fabric base
Fabric for base
Pva glue fabric to tile base

I use PVA to glue a cut to size fabric base to tile and leave to dry.

so happy with my finished colourful unique coasters !

Alcohol ink coasters
Alcohol ink coasters

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