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Tutorial: Sharpie Tile Coasters

Create colorful coasters with Sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol and plain white tiles.I've had a stack of plain white tiles in the garage since we did some bathroom work over a year ago. I knew they would eventually be perfect for some sort of craft. The obvious project, of course, is coasters.

These coasters incorporate two materials that you probably have in your house right now - Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. A set of four coasters are easy (and inexpensive) to create and would be a thoughtful housewarming, hostess or holiday gift.

With a little guidance, this is a project that even the kids could help with.

Materials




Directions


A word of warning before you begin. This project does not smell great while you are working, so make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Also, protect your work surfaces.

Make sure the tile surface is clean and dry.

Choose four Sharpie colors. (Pro tip: The metallics don't work well for this project.)
Take your first color and draw 4-6, randomly placed circles that are between the size of a dime and nickel.

Completely color in the circles.

Neatness doesn't count ;)
Choose your next color and scribble "lion manes" around each circle. It's fine if the colors mix a bit.
With the next color, draw lion manes around your lion manes.
With the last color, fill in any remaining white space.

Let your coloring dry for a few minutes.
Dip a fan brush into rubbing alcohol. Lightly tap the brush against your finger so the alcohol gets sprinkled across the tile.

Don't add too much alcohol at first. You'll be surprised how quickly the colors start to blend and blur.
Sprinkles of rubbing alcohol blurs a Sharpie marker design and gives the effect of watercolors. Gradually tap a little more alcohol across the tile until your design looks just right.

If you go overboard and your design becomes too white or you just don't like the color combination, you can remove all of the ink with an alcohol covered cotton ball. Make sure to wash and dry the tile before you start coloring again.
After the alcohol drops are completely dry, seal in the colors with clear spray paint. Start with a very light coating sprayed at least 18 inches from the tile. If you spray too close to the tile or use too much for the first coat, your colors will blur even more.

After the initial coat is dry, add 2-3 more coats of clear paint according to the package directions.

After the clear coat is completely dry, affix the cork to the back of your tile with E6000 according to the package directions.
When the glue is dry, your coaster is ready for use.
Don't be afraid to experiment with your colors. As I mentioned before, if you hate the color combo, you can always remove the ink with rubbing alcohol and start over.

Create colorful coasters with Sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol and plain white tiles.

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