April is my birthday month, so I may be a bit biased, but with the changing season bringing more sunshine and color, happiness seems to be attached to all the things during this time of year. Naturally, I had to make some alcohol ink tiles for Easter–and Earth Day tiles are up next!
Easter Egg Alcohol Ink Tiles
These alcohol ink tiles never fail to surprise me. I usually start with one idea and the results are almost always completely different.
As I’ve mentioned in my other alcohol ink art posts, this method of using a Sharpie marker to draw the main shape is meant for very simple designs. You can try to make smaller details but I find that those usually bleed and the image is lost.
For example, I tried to add more distinct wiggly stripes to this Easter egg tile (pictured above) and, while pretty, I think it’s a bit more of a mess than magical art. That teeny, tiny bunny doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either. I guess they can’t all be winners!
Whatever your style, working with alcohol ink is a ton of fun. The inks can be applied directly to egg shells, but I prefer a more sturdy final product.
These tiles can be used as coasters, wall hangings, or just as fun decorations for your holiday tables capes.
- 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
- 1 paint brush, fine tip
- With the tile face down, apply felt stickers to each corner.
- Make sure the front of the tile is clean and dry.
- Use the Sharpie permanent marker to draw minimalistic egg designs--the simpler, the better. Go over your lines to make sure they're about 3-5 mm thick.
- 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!)
- 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.)
- If areas are not getting colored, try using a toothpick to drag the ink to those blank spots.
- Once the inside of your image is colored, apply blending solution to your background and repeat steps 4 and 5.
- When you're satisfied with your creation, allow it to dry on a flat surface.
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.
Have you made any alcohol ink tiles yet?
Prize winner: Kathy P.