April 2014 Up-Cycle


•White ceramic tiles
•Rubbing alcohol
•Small straw or eyedropper
•Your favorite Sharpie fine markers (generic work fine)
•You may also want to purchase felt and glue for the bottom of the coasters and a shiny varnish to seal it.


1.Find white ceramic tile.
2.Make sure to clean the surface thoroughly with soap and water.
3.Color with Sharpies! Pick a combination of dark and vibrant colors to create contrast. There are no wrong choices!
4.Using an eyedropper methodically drop small "pools" of alcohol onto the tile. If you drop too much, the colors will all blur together and you won't get any circles or patterns.
5.Let dry! It can take up to half an hour, so just be patient!
6.If you think you added too much alcohol, you can go back and add more to create new "pools" on top. It will bloom again!
7.Seal it using a spray fixative. Hold the tile at least 6 inches away and spray lightly over it. If you spray too closely or too much, the ink will reactivate and blur again. Do it in layers. After that, you can use a varnish or polyurethane to seal it with a glossy coat!