A while back, I saw someone make these cool coasters on tiles with sharpies and alcohol. I finally tried it for myself and am officially obsessed. There are so many great things about this project. First, you can get the tiles for super cheap at your local warehouse stores. I opted for the oversized tiles at Lowes and only paid 48 cents per tile. The average sized tiles were only 16 cents each. What?! You can also use any brand of permanent marker. I used both Sharpie, PrismaColor and some cheapo markers from Michaels on these. What I love about using different brands on the same piece is that they each transition differently at the end of the process.
Now comes the fun part… drawing! If you have a specific design in mind, go with it. If you want to free hand it, that is okay too! I have two different tiles posted here for you. One is a rainbow. I knew that is what I wanted, so that is what I drew. The other is just random dots. I had nothing in particular in mind when I did that one. Just color your heart out. Once you are done, spritz your tile with a little alcohol. The ink will automatically start to dissipate once the alcohol hits it. If you want an even cooler effect, you can stand the tile up on any side and let the alcohol run a bit. That is what I did with my rainbow. As you can see, the colors began to run into each other.
Once they are dry, be sure to thoroughly seal them. I used this:
I sprayed several coats, letting it dry completely in between. Be sure to spray your art in a well ventilated area. I used my picnic table outside. The fumes from the spray are pretty strong and definitely should be breathed in. After that, simply glue on some cork or felt to the back and you are done! I am thinking about how I can make more and turn them into some sort of mosaic project. If I come up with something, you will see it soon!
My inner kiddo loves coloring. I’m surprised it took me so long to try out this projects. I have been hearing about sharpie coasters for a while now. The concept is pretty simple. Just color your coasters with sharpie markers, drop alcohol on them and seal them once they’re dry. BOOM! Easy peasy. This is a very inexpensive project to do, especially if you have a lot of sharpies around the house already. The coasters cost fifteen cents each at Lowes.
I grabbed a few markers and did a rough chevron pattern. The only thing I changed after I took this initial picture was add a few black stripes.
To get the alcohol out, I just stuck a straw in the bottle and brought out a few drops at a time. I did one layer and once it was dry, hit it with more alcohol on spots that seemed untouched.
It is very important that you spray it with an aerosol sealer before you use any Mod Podge. This will keep the colors from smearing. I used three coats to make sure nothing would be wiped away.
I can’t wait to put these to use! I think I will probably gift them. Have you guys tried this before? What worked for you?
I thought that this was a fun project to start with. I have had a bunch of plain ceramic tiles lying around that I hadn’t put to use yet. As I pondered what ways I could incorporate a book into a tile, coasters came to mind. I thought that the Harry Potter series would be a cute book to choose because it has cute chapter names and pictures. It will also be an easy project to gift to one of my friends for Christmas. Win win if you ask me.
I started by cutting out a page from the book and putting one of the tiles on top of it to measure. I traced it and then cut it out with scissors. I decided to choose a page with the title of the book as well as te first three chapters. It gave me a good direction to go in and if I want to have more than four coasters, it will be easy to add. My friend just might have a coaster for each book chapter by the time Christmas gets here!
Once all of my pages were cut out, I used a very light amount of white glue to adhere them. Make sure if you are making coasters yourself, do not go overboard on the adhesive. With thin pieces of paper such as these, copious amounts of glue will cause your pages to wrinkle. I did have that problem on coaster #1, but it wasn’t too terrible. I let them dry over night before I did anything else to them.
I sealed the top of them with several coats of matte spray acrylic sealer. You could also use Mod Podge if you prefer. I found that the spray sealer gave me less of a chance for wrinkling. I hot glued a piece of cork on the bottom of each and I was done. The cork was cheap, about $1 for a four pack at Joann’s.
I think they came out looking super cute!! I definitely think I will make a few more before I gift them.