Coasting Along

Yep, folks. I did it. I bought a stack of glazed tiles, poured on a bit of alcohol ink, and I made my very first coaster. Want to see?

Nice, huh? Well, I think so. This was my first “practice” tile, using two of my favorite colors, blue and violet. I added white as a final step. First I applied a bit of blending solution, then did a “puddle drop” for the colors. I then moved the colors around a bit, but they dried a bit faster than I’d expected.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

  • Yes, alcohol ink is fun.
  • Yes, the colors are beautiful.
  • Yes, there’s a practical purpose — assuming you need a set of coasters.

I learned something else. Do you know why a coaster is called a coaster? I was curious, so, of course, I looked it up.

The word coaster comes from the phrase “bottle-coasters,” which are round wheeled trays that were originally used to hold decanters. These trays “coasted” around the perimeter of a table to each guest during dinner, serving them their drink. Beermats were first referred to as “coasters” in 1913. — Wikipedia

After all my fussing about the impracticality of alcohol ink… well, now that I’ve found some purpose in what I’m doing, I think I’m hooked for sure! Yes, this is fun. By all means, give it a try. Nobody ever has enough coasters, right?




    1. Same here LOL! My studio is filling up with coasters. I’m taking very thin foam and glueing that to the bottom. It seems to work well. My big question/problem is that I can’t find round tiles that are glazed, so I don’t know how I can use them for coasters. 😦 I’m doing a lot of “experimenting” now with various things. And I’m making a big mess. But I am definitely having fun.

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  1. That is beautiful. I would probably like that, too. I have dabbled in acrylic painting, most abstracts, but have switched to digital arts because I don’t have space for artsy stuff piling up around my house. I would need to have a market for them. So, I have an online store for my digital creations. Thanks for visiting and following Rosie B. Designs!

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  2. although i dont use coasters i am sure there are many other ideas on Pinterest. I am still doing my usual watercolors though and going through a stage of varying my styles to increase sales – it’s always a guessing game as to what people will like at any given time. Things go in trends. I do miss the days of experimenting and when i get back to it, alcohols will be first on the list.

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    1. I’m caught with a lot of mixed feelings. I love the fun, experimental nature of alcohol inks, but I don’t want to veer off too much into the “crafty” realm. I still want to focus on landscape oil painting but do fun things along with it. So for now, I guess I’ll just keep making lots of coasters since that’s the one thing I’m able to do with alcohol ink that doesn’t feel like it’s essentially just a waste of time. 🙂

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