The holidays are quickly approaching and for some, that means uncomfortable family get togethers, work parties, and spending money. It’s the time of year where I almost wish I could still drink. One way I like to reduce some of the stress is by making all my gifts, so this week we’re going to make something that people might actually enjoy getting. You’re more than welcome to not give any gifts or F’s if you so choose, though.
We’re going to make tile coasters painted with alcohol inks. There’s a previous post that is a fun introduction to alcohol inks, so if you have fun with this craft go check out that post, too. In that post I talk about why I love painting with alcohol inks, but in this post I’m going to talk about gift giving.
Well, it’ll be more about gratitude than simply giving gifts.
Gratitude is something that helped me get sober and it continues to help during times of intense stress, depression, and whatever other psychological bump in the road one might come across. Remembering that there are things in life that are worth living can help keep one’s head above water.
I especially find myself being grateful for the people in my life that provide so much love, support, and patience for my psychologically complicated self. Even though it’s good to show people how much they mean to you throughout the year, there’s something about the collective feeling of love and togetherness that comes (or, is supposed to come) around the holidays.
On to the tutorial!
- 4 White Glossy Tiles (I like the hexagonal shapes because they’re a bit more unique, but square is a cool shape, too, I guess)
- Alcohol Inks (2-3 different colors, plus 1 metallic color)
- 90% Ethanol Alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol)
- Krylon Kamar Varnish (MUST BE KAMAR)
- UV-Resistant Spray Varnish (optional)
- Cork Paper for the bottom of the coasters (sheet felt will work, too)
- Drinking Straws
- Small Paintbrush
- An Eye Dropper
- Super Glue
- Paper Towel
DIY Alcohol Ink Tile Coasters
- Prepare your work aware by placing down a few paper towels or newspaper. Grab a small cup of rubbing alcohol, a brush, eyedropper, and drinking straw.
- Using an eyedropper, or a paintbrush, put a few drops of plain alcohol on one of the coasters.
- Drop a couple drops of ink onto the alcohol and using the drinking straw blow the ink around the coaster, you can cover the whole coaster or leave some white space and use as many colors as you want, but I usually stick with 2 or 3 plus a metallic color- I trust your creative process, though.
- Once you’re satisfied with the colors blown around, grab your brush and metallic ink. Load up your small paint brush with the metallic ink and then flick the brush over your coaster for a nice speckled look.
- Repeat for the other coasters and let dry. Drying time is like a minute if you didn’t over do it on the drops of rubbing alcohol.
- Once the coasters are completely dry, find a nice ventilated space with minimal dust or wind and spray your coasters with the Kamar varnish. 2-3 light coats is good. Note: other varnishes have been known to reactivate the inks so be sure to use Kamar varnish. If you want protect the inks from fading, get UV resistant clear varnish spray to use on top of the Kamar.
- Lastly, trace and cut out cork backings for each coaster. Use a super glue to adhere.
There are many ways to get creative with this craft so play around. The materials are pretty cheap, also. Hooray! Don’t tell the person you’re gifting these to, though. As far as they know, supplies required you to pawn your dog’s diamond encrusted dog collar.
You can find more of Sabrina Shelby’s DIY projects at The Active Koala.
This post was created with the help of Grammarly.