Creating alcohol ink art has quickly become one of our favorite activities. In just fifteen minutes, you can create something beautiful to use as a decoration, give as a gift, or use the time for art therapy. We came up with these clovers as St. Patrick’s Day crafts for the whole family.
St. Patrick’s Day Crafts with Alcohol Ink
If you involve younger kids, make sure you protect their clothing and the surface they’re working on as these inks will stain. Otherwise, this is a magical craft the whole family can enjoy. Watching the colors spread and evolve into surprise designs is a blast. Have no fear, if you end up with a total mess on your tile, wipe it clean with blending solution and start over.
St. Patrick’s Day Gifting
Make these four-leaf clover cookies with pistachios to snack on while your tiles dry!
If you’re making these art tiles as a gift, consider making this mint chocolate sugar scrub to go with them. You can place the jar on the tile and wrap them up in green cellophane with gold ribbon! It’s sure to bestow good luck on the recipient.
- 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 clover 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.
Do you make any St. Patrick’s Day crafts with the family?
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