Monday, October 22, 2012

Easy, Fun. Colorful Craft: Alcohol Ink Tiles

Inspired by Pinterest and supplies from Consumer Crafts, my girls and I made these fun, easy, colorful alcohol ink tiles. These tiles can be used as coasters, trivets, or simply as happy art.

To make this colorful craft you will need:
3-5 colors of alcohol ink. Below are the ones I got from Consumer Crafts which by the way were a lot cheaper than the local craft stores. You can also get some felt pads like the ones pictured below if you want to create an "autumn leaf" tile (this is explained below). But for the tiles above, you just need the alcohol inks.
You will also need 3 other supplies: shiny ceramic tiles which can be picked up at Lowes for 16¢, regular first aid isopropyl alcohol 70% that you can pick up at any drugstore, and a paintbrush.
1. Choose 2 or 3 colors of alcohol ink that look good together. Any more than this, and you tend to get a lot of black and brown spots.
2. Paint your tile with a thin coat of alcohol.
3. Then start dripping small spots of ink on your tile. If you are letting your kids make these, stress the fact that you want small drops because the alcohol ink expands. You also want to start with the lightest color and work your way to the darkest color. Anna did not do this below, but we learned that the tiles come out more vibrant and colorful if you start with the lightest color first.
4. Keep adding small drops of color until the tile is covered completely. The colors will blend and move and expand. It is pretty mesmerizing. Note you do need to use a shiny surface; alcohol inks do not work well on porous surfaces like canvas, cardstock, or wood. Porous surfaces just soak in the ink. You want a surface that will allow the ink to move and flow and expand. Surfaces like tiles, dominoes, acetate, and transparencies.
5. It is very hard to mess this art up. But if you do end up with a tile you do not like, simply pour some alcohol on the tile and wipe off with a paper towel. Then rinse the tile with water and start over. Brooke is cleaning off a few "mess up' tiles here:
6 .If you are going to use these tiles as art, just hang on the wall or put on a mini easel once they are dry to the touch. I am thinking a group of 6 or 8 would look lovely on a wall in my dining room. Or how about a row above the door frame!
7. If you are going to use the tiles as coasters or trivets, you will want to spray the tiles with a clear spray sealer after they have completely dried. And perhaps put some cork or felt pads on the bottom. The regular 16¢ tiles are perfect for coasters. I would get the 6x6 tiles that cost 48¢ for trivets. The kids could make trivets as Christmas gifts! The colors just make me smile.

 As I mentioned above, Anna used felt pads to create what we call "autumn leaf" tiles. 
To make these autumn leaf tiles, you squeeze tiny little dots of color on the felt pad. One color per pad. And you press the pad on the tile, like you are stamping.


Anna got creative and painted a tree trunk on this tile. She just used a paintbrush and several colors of alcohol ink mixed together. I put this tile on a mini easel and have it on the buffet in our dining room.

As I mentioned in Friday's post, I was so pleased with Consumer Crafts. Their website is easy to navigate. They have all the latest crafts and continue to add 200-500 items a month. Their prices are very very affordable and the shipping is fast.

And right now, Consumer Crafts is giving away SIX $250 shopping sprees. They want to spread the word about their new site. To enter this giveaway, just click on the button below and sign up for Consumer Crafts emails which include promotions like free shipping. You can also sign up to receive a copy of their Holiday Catalog.

You can connect with Consumer Crafts thru:

Their Blog which features creative projects daily by amazing crafters and bloggers. It looks like a real blog. . not a company, trying to sell you stuff blog. I am following it.

Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest (I am following them on Pinterest too!)

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Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Consumer Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own. I was not told what to write or what craft to create.


  1. Where were you when I was raising children? You do the most amazing crafts and activities with your children.
    Marjorie B.

  2. Su, every child dream mom.


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