National Craft Month: Alcohol Ink Coasters

Did you know that there is an entire MONTH dedicated to crafting? Well, there is, and it’s March! In honor of National Craft Month, we’re bringing you 4 new crafts this month- WHAT?! Four. New. Crafts. We’ll be airing our new crafts each week, and the best news is–all of these crafts are walk-in friendly. You won’t need to wait three whole agonizingly craftless days to get your hands on these   beauties!

On Friday, March 1, we revealed our first National Craft Month addition: Alcohol Ink Coasters. These bad boys have been blowing up all over the internet in different forms, and Hobby Prodigy has been itching to get them on our menu. We promised way back in January when we discontinued our old coasters that we would be bringing you something new, and we hope the wait was worth it–we think so!

In honor of our colorful new rock stars, we are giving you a pretty definitive list of the coolest techniques out there for creating alcohol ink masterpieces. We’ve scoured Pinterest and racked our brains for the best tools and tips to make sure that your Prodigy creation is every bit as perfect as you are, so don’t be scared to dive in to this new craft. We’ve got you covered!

Notable Mention: We do want to make note of a technique that is beyond cool, but, unfortunately, cannot be done in our studio….FIRE. It makes sense, right? Alcohol + Fire = Re ally Cool Pyrotechnics (and potentially burning down our store…and the mall.) This method does, admittedly, make intense designs that set with a slightly different color than when dried at room temperature, and watching a tile go up in flames and then die out is also quite the spectacle. Sadly, due to the extreme fire hazard, this method will not be available in our stores, but if you want to see some epic videos of people using this method check this out HERE or HERE

General Tips:

Less. Is. More. Alcohol Inks go a long way because they have super concentrated colors. Start small and then add colors. Don’t start by placing a ton of color and spots everywhere on your tile. Work with one color at a time and be deliberate with your colors. If you want to make an abstract piece, you can still work slowly to ensure that you’re getting great colors and effects.

Wear gloves. These inks are potent! They will absolutely stain your hands and your clothes, so please use all of the protective gear provided.

Inks Blend. Remember that you’re working with a constantly wet medium, so your colors will blend with each other. Try to use colors that will either blend nicely or complement each other. Remember- too many colors will create brown. No one wants that.

Have Fun! Ink has a mind of it’s own. Don’t try to control it too much or you will get frustrated quickly. Have fun with the process and let it take shape naturally.

Spread It Out:

Tilt Method: Our instruction tutorial is great for showing the tilt method. Simply drop dots of alcohol ink and alcohol on the tile and tilt. This method will create a drag effect similar to what you’d see on an acrylic pour.

Brush Method: For the ultimate control of your ink, you can dip a brush in ink or use a brush to spread an ink spot o

n your tile. Different size brushes, strokes, and amounts of ink will control the actual look of this effect. This is by far the easiest way to

manipulate the ink if you are working on an intricate piece.

Straw Method: Many people use canned air for this method, but because we are an ECO-friendly company, we are using human powered air. Blowing against a spot of ink creates a splatter pattern like none other. You can use this method for fireworks, flowers, abstract styles, and so much more. Just don’t inhale in the alcohol spray off. Please. You’ll be sneezing colorful for a week.

Dotting:

Adding alcohol to the inks is a great way to create spots or dots in your piece. These are our favorite methods for doing that :

Freestyle: Just use the alcohol ink dropper and go crazy. This will give you big spots in your design and can easily be spread using the above methods.

Brush: Dip a brush in alcohol ink and lightly tap it to the surface of wet ink. This will create a small dot in the color. (Try alternating alcohol and ink to create a “puddle” effect.)

Flick Brush: Dip a slightly bigger brush in alcohol and tap it off (you don’t want the brush to be soaked). Using your finger, quickly brush along the edge of the brush to create a spray of droplets on your design. The drops will vary in size and land in many different places. Be sure to keep your alcohol inside the provided tray.

Air Brush: Fill your dropped with alcohol and squeeze it all back out into the bottle. Only a little alcohol will remain in the dropper. Then you can hold it over your piece and squeeze the dropper hard several times. Excess alcohol will spray from the tip providing a similar effect as the Flick Brush.

Ink On Ink: Use the ANY of the above methods with ink instead of alcohol to create colorful dots in your masterpiece.

Mixed Media:

Check out these $5 add-ons to make make your coasters POP! Ask your Pedagogue about these options at your reservation!

Hot Glue: Use hot glue to create a pattern on your coaster prior to inking. Once your ink is completely dry, remove the hot glue to reveal your pattern.

Vinyl: (Walk-in availability only) Add a vinyl silhouette to your coaster before inking. Remove the vinyl once the ink is completely dry to reveal your design.

Glitter: Nothing beats glitter. Ever. Period. Decorate the sides of your coasters with some glitter from our buffet to really finish this project with some class and style.

Paint: Use paint to create a cohesive edge on your coasters.