Alcohol Ink Coasters

I love alcohol ink. I’m new at this art, so still in the experimental stages of my learning process, but I’m finding it to be a truly creative experience since you don’t plan out what you’re going to make—you just play around with it and whatever materializes is what you get.
I like painting on plain ceramic tiles since there’s just a small area to fill, and attaching felt on the underside turns them into great coasters.
First, I made my own alcohol ink, which is a fraction of the cost of store-bought inks. There are lots of blogs with instructions—here’s a link to a blog that explains the process clearly: https://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/homemade-alcohol-inks.html
I decided to make my sister-in-law four coasters for her birthday, so I got my materials together and played around with my alcohol inks over a Saturday afternoon. You can see pictures below of my results.
I have some of my inks in little spray bottles, and others in bottles with droppers. For the background in all four coasters, I began by spraying some black ink, and then some brown ink.
Then, to make each coaster a little different, I chose a two or three different colours to drip onto each background. At some points, I used a straw to spread out some colours, or I tilted the coaster so colours could run into each other. As I said earlier, it’s all a bit of an experiment, but very interesting and lots of fun to work on.
Once the ink on all four coasters was dry, I sprayed them with a clear sealant to add lasting protection.
All tied up with a bow and ready for gifting!

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