Marker Painted Coasters

Marker Painted Coasters

Create colorful one-of-a-kind coasters using glazed tiles, Sharpie markers, and rubbing alcohol. They're great to give as gifts or frame as original works of art!

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    1. Purchase six white, glazed 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" ceramic tiles from a hardware store. (Blick sells white bisque tiles, but they would need to be glazed and fired for this project.) Wash the tiles with soap and water, then dry them completely.

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    2. Color the first tile with Sharpie makers. Use color combinations that will blend well. Experiment with different ways of coloring. There's no right or wrong way!

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    3. Fill the dropper and spray bottle with rubbing alcohol (91% isopropyl alcohol works best and can be purchased at any drug store). Drop small pools of alcohol onto the tile using the dropper. The colors should start to bloom and mix together. Add more alcohol and the colors will begin to blur. A light mist from the spray bottle will create a speckled crackle effect. Use a cotton swab or paintbrush dipped in alcohol to create additional effects. Let the colors dry for 30 minutes.

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    4. When the alcohol is dry, add more marker ink to the design. Then add more alcohol to blend. If you want to start over, just spray the tile with alcohol and wipe the color off with a paper towel.

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    5. When you're happy with your design, seal the colors with spray fixative. Hold the tile at least 8" away from your body and spray the fixative lightly over your design. If you spray too closely or too much, the ink will reactivate and blur. Allow the fixative to dry for about 30 minutes, then apply another coat. When completely dry, seal and protect your coaster with a coat of varnish.

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    6. To finish, cut a piece of felt the same size as the tile and glue it to the bottom to prevent your coaster from scratching surfaces.

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    7. Repeat these steps to complete your set or six and show off your skills! You can also frame your tiles in wood trivet frames or cork tile holders.

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