Alcohol Inks on Ceramic Tiles
2015 Update: I get a lot of emails from people asking me about ceramic tiles. I love to help whenever I can and am always happy to answer questions, but I should probably make this clear (since I believe the existence of this old post is the reason I am getting asked)…
- I do not typically paint on ceramic tiles.
- I do not know how to seal them.
- I do not know how to make them heat-resistant or food safe. I am pretty sure nothing painted with alcohol inks is food safe.
In short, my experience with painting on ceramic tiles was limited to a few brief (and now distant) experiments. I don’t like working on tiles, and I don’t want to mess with sealing them.
There are alcohol ink painting groups on Facebook where there has been much discussion about painting and sealing ceramic tiles. If you are not already a member, I suggest you search for them and join. Members share information freely, and there are lots of links to products, tutorials, etc.
This Facebook group is dedicated specifically to alcohol ink painting on tiles, so I’m sure you will find a wealth of information there.
Well, I finally tried it. I used the “I’m just gonna drip and drop some junk on here and then see what appears in it” approach, and while I don’t usually have much luck with that, it actually worked this time. I haven’t sealed them yet, so it’s possible that they will be completely ruined…I wanted to make sure and document what they look like before sealing! I’m not gonna use resin and all that craziness, because I don’t intend for these to be coasters or otherwise functional – except to hang on a wall. Or go in a trash can, depending on my luck with sealing them. 😉 Each tile is 4″ x 4″.