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worked played with alcohol ink on ceramic tiles last weekend and I thought I would share a blog tutorial based on what I learned from the videos about alcohol ink that I watched on YouTube.
Alcohol Ink on Tiles
I decided to “play” a little after watching a couple of YouTube videos on creating art with alcohol ink tiles on ceramic tiles. You can learn so much from all of the videos and……spend a lot of time there.
I used Adirondack Alcohol Inks and a YouTube tutorial from Joggles.com (I’m not an affiliate), I just like buying from them. It is a excellent video and I am just sharing a small part of it. You will also want a ink applicator like the Ranger one I used for dabbing on the alcohol ink. There is Velcro on it and I cut felt to the size when I need a new one.
I picked up a few 4 x 4 tiles from Menards and yesterday I went back and bought some more as they were on sale for only 10 cents, normally they are 16 cents.
I also stopped at Walmart and bought some 91% alcohol as I only had 70% and the video said to use 91% alcohol. So far I haven’t noticed a difference in the alcohol. I googled it and the higher the number means that there is more alcohol and less water which means it dries faster.
- You will want to wipe off your tile with the alcohol to clean any finger prints and dirt from the tile.
- Cover your table top, wear old clothes……the alcohol inks are permanent on porous surfaces.
- I also filled a mister with alcohol but I have read that you shouldn’t do this because the alcohol will be air-borne. I was very careful.
- Choose several colors of the alcohol ink and hold the tip for 2 seconds on your ink applicator. Just make several dots on it.
- Start dabbing or pouncing on the tile.
- The alcohol ink will start spreading.
- Continue dabbing until you like the look.
- I also like to dab along the sides of the tile.
- Let it dry a little and then add other colors if you like.
- Notice the ink applicator in the photo – you can see the dots I dabbed on.
Carefully set your tiles aside and let them dry. I had some chair pad protectors that I thought I could use for the bottom of the tiles but they are too thick. I am going to use cork or felt……I forgot to buy some yesterday.
It sounds like the best sealer for the alcohol ink tiles is Krylon Kamar Varnish. I tried to find it locally – no one carried it so I have ordered it from Joggles and it should be here by the end of the week. I’ll update this post when I put the varnish on my titles.
Did you notice the beautiful red background in my first picture? This is alcohol ink on Yupo paper. Yupo paper is actually a non-absorbent synthetic paper. Supposedly you can’t rip it…..I haven’t tried.
Right now the tiles and also the Yupo paper design are NOT permanent as I worked on a non-porous surface. I could just wipe off the design with alcohol if I didn’t like it. I actually did that several times at first.
I have also used alcohol ink on fabric and watercolor paper and THAT is permanent!
Have you worked with alcohol ink? I have used Sharpies on fabric and then did some freemotion quilting. I also did something with my granddaughters on shirts but….I can’t find that post. If I do I will link it here. I recently bought tennis shoes and some cute white tops for them and the next time they come over….we’ll be playing!
Be sure and PIN this post in case you want to try this technique in the future.