Learn how to make your own gorgeously colored alcohol ink DIY coasters. These ceramic coasters have a beautiful, one of a kind watercolor look and are so much fun to make!
Have you ever experimented with alcohol inks before? Alcohol inks are vibrant, transparent inks that dry quickly and create gorgeous marbled, organic designs on slick, non-porous surfaces like ceramics, metal, or glass. They are also just so much fun to create with!
These alcohol ink DIY coasters are a great project to get you started crafting with alcohol inks.
Alcohol ink DIY coasters supplies:
- Darice Unfinished Ceramic Coasters
- Gloss White Spray Paint
- Marabu Alcohol Ink
- Marabu Alcohol Ink Extender & Marabu Rainbow Alcohol Ink
- Drinking Straw
- Clear Gloss Acrylic Spray
- Metallic Gold Paint
- Darice Flat Paint Brush
Step One. Paint Coasters.
Because we are starting with unfinished coasters and because alcohol inks work best on non-porous surfaces, the first step is to give the coasters a nice coat of glossy white spray paint. This will give you a slick, shiny surface to work with.
Step Two. Create Designs with Alcohol Inks.
Next, we will create the design on the ceramic coasters using alcohol inks. Start off by dripping some of the Marabu Alcohol Ink Extender (or rubbing alcohol) onto the coaster. Then add a few drops of one of the colored inks onto the coaster. Use a straw to blow air onto the ink to spread the color over the coaster.
Try adding more colors to see how they mix and blend together. Use your straw to gently direct how the inks spread and flow. If the ink starts to dry out too soon, you can add more extender to keep it flowing.
After I was happy with how my coasters looked, I added some rainbow alcohol ink to create a beautiful iridescent look.
Step Three. Add Clear Topcoat and Paint on Edges.
After the alcohol inks have completely dried, finish off the coasters with a coat of glossy, clear acrylic topcoat to protect your beautiful ink design.
When that topcoat has dried, you can give your coasters a polished look by painting the edges with a shiny metallic gold paint. It may take a couple of coats to get a nice opaque finish.
Once the paint has dried, your coasters are all done and ready to look pretty on your table!
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.