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Alcohol Ink Art with Heart Designs

Nothing shows you care like a handmade gift. These alcohol ink art pieces with heart designs are surprisingly easy to make.

The inks have a mind of their own, and the final image is usually a surprise masterpiece!

Fear not, if you create something undesirable, erasing is simple.

two Valentine's Day themed alcohol ink tiles

Alcohol Ink Art

Heart designs are not reserved exclusively for Valentine’s Day–although, these do make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts.

These alcohol ink ideas start simple and transform into abstract works of art right before your eyes.

The whole family can enjoy the process– for the wee ones still in the habit of sticking things in their mouths, it’s probably best to let them watch, rather than partake in the handling of the dyes.

red hearts in alcohol ink on tile

Heart Designs

If you cannot bring yourself to draw freehand hearts, it’s quite alright; that is why stencils were created!

There is no shame using a tool to create the images you want.

Be sure to watch the video to see the process in action.

Super easy gifts for Valentine's Day
Yield: 1 tile

Alcohol Ink Art with Heart Designs

red hearts in alcohol ink on tile

These alcohol ink art tiles make an artistic and thoughtful anytime or Valentine's Day gift!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 3-5 bottles Adirondack Alcohol Ink, in a variety of colors
  • 1 bottle Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
  • 1 ceramic tile, any size
  • 1-2 Sharpie permanent marker, in preferred thickness and color
  • 4 felt stickers

Tools

  • 1 paint brush, fine tip

Instructions

  1. With the tile face down, apply felt stickers to each corner.
  2. Make sure the front of the tile is clean and dry.
  3. Use the Sharpie permanent marker to draw minimalistic heart designs--the simpler, the better. Go over your lines to make sure they're about 3-5 mm thick.
  4. Apply the blending solution with a fine tip brush to the inside of your image--or wherever you want to add color. Be sure to stay at least 1 mm away from your marker line, or it will bleed, and the alcohol ink will run through it. (Sometimes this is awesome and creates something unexpected and neat!)
  5. Add droplets of alcohol ink to the areas with blending solution. Be mindful of your color choices because they will mix. (Too many colors will create a dark mess.)
  6. If areas are not getting colored, try using a toothpick to drag the ink to those blank spots.
  7. Once the inside of your image is colored, apply blending solution to your background and repeat steps 4 and 5.
  8. When you're satisfied with your creation, allow it to dry on a flat surface.

Notes

If you make any mistakes, use a cotton swab with a few drops of blending solution as an eraser. If you prefer to do a full reset, you can apply several drops of blending solution directly to the tile and wipe it clean.

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Have you ever made alcohol ink art? Do you gift handmade gifts?

Merry

Monday 14th of January 2019

This looks so fun and you could use the same process for any design. My son would love making these!

Shelley VanWitzenburg

Tuesday 15th of January 2019

Hi Merry!

You really can use it for any design/occasion! The creative freedom is limitless!

Jaclyn Anne

Monday 14th of January 2019

These came out so beautifully! So abstract and so pretty! Thank you for sharing your process with us.

Shelley

Monday 14th of January 2019

Thank you, Jaclyn!

Laura Tveras

Saturday 12th of January 2019

Super tut! You've always been the alcohol ink tile-master. Thanks for sharing your fun and easy (looking) method for creating shapes. I'm going to give this a try next time the opportunity presents!

Shelley

Saturday 12th of January 2019

Thank you! Yeah, I will let you know the next time I bust out all of the inks! :)

Shannon Noel Ganger

Friday 11th of January 2019

These are so cute! I still have mine that Ava made with you! She loved doing it and it really is very pretty!! Thank you for posting how to make our own!

Shelley

Friday 11th of January 2019

I love that you still have them! <3 <3

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