Monday, January 25, 2010

fun with alcohol



{tutorial removed -- my blog was bombarded with too much spam from it! sorry! :}

97 comments:

Alexandra Hedberg said...

sound like so much fun!

But I understand you on the varnish!
Patience isn't part of my strenghts either.

My Soul Can Dance said...

oh my!! i am in love with these tiles and i will most certainly try this soon!!!

T.L. Holmes said...

When I saw the title I thought, what did Aimee create while under the influence of a great bottle of wine? (Shame on me!) Now that I know better, these are tres magnificent (that's "Franch" for way cool). Hope you have more cool artventures to share this week! :)

Inner Toddler said...

yahooey these look awesome! Is this a kid friendly activity or is that asking for a messy nightmare. They really turned out beautifully. you have the midas touch mama!

Krissy said...

these are amazing! what will you do with them?

aimee said...

indeed they would be more fun to make with a bottle of wine in hand and prattling on in franglais! it is a HIGH TORTURE project with kids involved, not recommended. against my better judgment i gave nina one of the bottles and she promptly squirted it on her lovely hanna andersson dress. this stuff does not come out.

and welcome, my soul can dance! :)

Ricë said...

whoa! sooo, sooo cool!

Karen Blados said...

Oh WOW! Wow, Wow, WOW!

I wonder if I can push our kitchen remodel to the front of the "to do" list? I really love the red/orange/yellow one kind of in the middle. It's my favorite color combination and now I know what to do with the leftover tiles from the bathroom!

painted fish studio said...

i'm stealing this for a pARTy night, per jenn's suggestion!

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

IYIYI this looks like fun! So many fun ideas, so dang little time! Thanks for the info...I'll be looking for the Michael's coupon :).

Estelle said...

Aimee, you rule! I bought a couple of those small tiles at the Bizarre Bazaar one year, wanted more, but the vendor never came back! So glad you figured it out. I LOVE these: love the colors and the free-spirited pattern. Mighty fine job, my friend! Thanks for sharing.

Zura said...

I just found your blog, and wow! what a great post! I have alcohol inks but never found a project I enjoyed using them on, but this is great! Thanks for sharing so many details of the process.

trishia said...

what perfect timing! I'm repainting my kitchen this spring and was just thinking it would be a good time to make a backsplash... these tiles would be absolutely wonderful. so, my question- if i coat them with varnish after, won't the grout ruin the varnish? or does it dry like glass? thanks for sharing!

aimee said...

thanks ladies and welcome zura and trishia! i have not tried to grout them, but after enough coats of sealer i have to imagine it would work. might be worth asking the experts at the tile/home store.
or if you want to spare yourself the grief and research, just hang them on a wall in the kitchen and they'll look just the same!

S.E.Minegar said...

These look amazing! Your instructions make the task seem so "do-able!" You've inspired my inner crafter to give this project a whirl.

AmandaMay said...

These are fantastic! And it sounds like so much fun. I am also not a fan of the waiting parts of art-making, but sometimes its just gotta happen.

Shelley Malone said...

"fun with alcohol": heh. Your title alone makes me snicker, but wow, did those ever turn out beautiful! Now I have another thing to add to my wish list... oh dear.

Aris said...

very cool Aimee! It looks like so much fun! Maybe you could make some funky yard art with them too(:

cactus petunia said...

Wowie zowie, those are cool! Now you've got me ready to run out and try it!

Calamity Anne said...

Now I know what I'm going to do with all the alcohol inks I've got...make tiles!!! Thanks for the awesome post!

Randi said...

these are soooo gorgeous! i would love to see them on a backsplash!!!!

pixie said...

Love it-don't you love those things. I get high on adding alcohol on top of the colors again and again. It's like LSD without needing a babysitter.

joanne said...

these are so awesome i want to drop everything i'm working on, clear off a space on my desk, and break out those alcohol inks!... this looks like so so much fun... do you have a recommendation on the name of a specific sealer?

LisaC said...

I LOVE alcohol inks! I have made lots of ATC's and backgrounds but I have NEVER seen such bold beautiful colorful examples as your tiles. They are wonderful! I HAVE to try this. I usually use a felt applicator so I get a faux granite type look, but I'm gonna ditch it and drip it on. I might even have some tiles lying around. Gorgeous!!! oh, and I love your banner!

Nicky Linzey said...

I'd love these in my kitchen, I think I'm going to have to try this if I can find the inks here. Although patience isn't my strong point either! Thanks for info on this Aimee.

la ninja said...

wowza mama! sooper dooper! ab fab!
that's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

oh yeah, that and "vive le couleur splash! vodka, cherie!" (to jump onto the alcoholic franglais wagon. always.) :)

hanna-happenings said...

I love them!

Francesca said...

Fantastic! What a great idea, tips and wonderful results. Now, I only have to figure how to get hold of the materials ... (what's adirondack ink?)
PS I can't seem to be able to leave a comment as through open id ...
www.fuoriborgo.com

nathalie et cetera said...

love love love this! so colorful and spontaneous!

rachel awes said...

i want a play date with doodly doo wonderfulllll you!! oh my goodness, these are so delicious to my eyes & heart! awesomeawesome! xo

jess gonacha swift said...

aimee, these are AMAAAAAZING!! That sounds like so much fun-- I've never even heard of alcohol inks! I always learn something here. :) (And I'm right there with you on the waiting thing. I can't stand it either!)

Romilly said...

You've done it again Aimee... I've got a set of the alcohol inks, but couldn't figure out what to do with them. :) This is perfect! Time to pick up some tiles and start playing!

Eden said...

Oh Wow!! I don't know when i will do this, but i WILL do this! These are spectacular and I adore the colors you used! I will be back to this post, for sure!

lori vliegen said...

wow.....a wrong turn in michaels never treated you so good!! these alcohol inks look fabulous on your tiles....you still rank numero uno on my genius list....
xox, :))

alix said...

these are the coolest things EVER! i mean so cool i'd be happy with just a photo of the tiles hanging on the wall as art! super fun, i wanna play.

Coreopsis said...

This looks like an absolute blast. I'm collecting tiles for a splashboard for my sink (my boys and I made 12 of them at Sunfire Ceramics over Christmas break, but we need more). THese are beyond cool!

Jill Berry said...

Aimee, these are yummy, just like the wonderful art you sent to me! Thank you, thank you. I will try the tile thing in about two years, wish I could do my bathroom floor now.

ni said...

wooo... that's cool!

Tyggereye said...

Whats the best thing to varnish them with so that they are sealed? I really have been looking into doing my backsplash in my kitchen and this would be perfect! I would like to do the little small 1x1 squares I think. Thanks for your help! Great post.

suzanne cabrera said...

Oh my gosh....these are outrageously beautiful!!!!!! I'm in love...I will do. SO, SO, SO gorgeous. This is a definite winter hangover wake-up!

●• Thereza said...

oh my, colour explosion indeed!!
i don't know this technique, sounds and looks like fun :)

ldlmiller said...

These are fabulous! I can't wait to try. Thanks for the instructions.

jane said...

what a great idea! and sounds like it´s about my speed. hugs!

aimee said...

woweeee! so many comments and new visitors - thank you all!

i'm still playing around with different sealers. mod podge hard coat and liquitex gloss medium do the job (make sure you apply the first coat very lightly as reds and purples seem susceptible to lightening if the brushstroke is too firm) but i think i can do better. i'm going to try minwax polycrylic gloss later today and will come back with a report on that.

peggyfussell said...

I can't wait to try this!! Coincidentally the younger daughter and I were marbling paper this week. We love that thrill of serendipity. These tiles are twice as groovy. She's gonna love making them. Thanks!

cindy said...

i'm with the other 45 people, they are fantastic!

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

This is so right up my alley. I'm sure I will be trying this sooner or later:)

Candied Fabrics said...

Yup - definitely a crowd pleaser! What fun! Thanks for sharing - I've put these on my list.......

kitty said...

Georgous!! CanNOT wait to try this!!!!!!!

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Oh, I want to do this RIGHT NOW!!! Looks so amazing and fun.

Renee said...

I am so busy drooling on the tiles I don't have a minute to ask a question. They are gorgeous.

Love Renee xoxo

L'Atelier said...

fantabulous! they are amazing and sound like easy and fun :)
putting it into my drawer futuer crafts to try out

~Valentina~ said...

WoW! OK. Now I have to play with alcohol and tiles too! *AMAZING*

Anairam said...

They look incredible! What are you going to use them for? Unfortunately I am a (very) impatient creator of stuff - which is why my creations look the way they look, I guess. Any project that requires three coats of varnish and expects you to wait for each layer to dry, well, that project is just not meant for me ...

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

Fantastic! These are so cool and so much fun!!!

Kim Hambric said...

A HUGE wow!!! Those are terrific. Thanks for the info.

Annie Pazoo said...

Looks FUN, like painting on silk. But more so. Gosh darn my list of "gotta try it" crafts keeps growing.

SBS said...

If you don't need tiles, you know you can do the same techniques on gloss paper - what used to be called krome cote - and make your own background papers. Turns out just as gorgeous!

M comme...Maman said...

This is a.ma.zing! I'll give it a try! I love the results!

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Cheers ;)

Beautiful colors for a grey winter morning...

likeschocolate said...

The title made we wonder what was going on unitl the full screen popped up. How fun! Lovely!

Connie said...

Wow!!! Very cool! How much are the inks? Do you think this would work for an art club or classroom project for 14 and 15 year olds?

Thanks for Sharing.
Connie

Alexandra Hedberg said...

Thursday night and still no new post. Are you still hang-over from having fun with alcohol?

Jeannine said...

These. Are. Incredible! They look like something you find in a chic, expensive home decorating boutique. I'm totally wow-ed!

Megan Walker said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH

MYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:D

aimee said...

hi everyone!! still here, not drunk although maybe a bit woozy from the varnish. i LOVE the recommendation from SBS to try this on gloss paper - i bet the results would be dynamite. and yes! i think this would be a super project for 14 and 15 year olds as long as they aren't the type to squirt the bottles at each other.

here's the report on the sealer. the minwax polycrylic is OK, like the other two - it does the job but it isn't stellar. a rather thin and fragile finish. i'm looking for a hearty, durable one. if any sealer experts are out there, let me know what kind of varnish really gets you going.

thanks everyone new and old for stopping by! i'm a bit behind this week but will get caught up with bloggy visits over the weekend!

Megan Coyle said...

wow, lovely! Beautiful colors--and it's always nice when you come across a project that's fun and easy to do, with great results.

oneartistjournal said...

These are fantastical Aimee, happy making, vibrant squars of feast. Want to dive in now..
XOXOrly

steve said...

Oh wow, these are fantastic Aimee! Fun indeed!

BT said...

Oh oh, I want some! Well, of course I would, wouldn't I? As if I haven't enough to do already. They are so colourful and such fun and fabulous.

Holly said...

Well, NOW I know what to use to tile behind where the microwave used to be! And perhaps a little fun for me and my critters. Two birds with one tile LOL.

I would be interested in knowing what heavier duty varnish would work well as it would be a backsplash.

Bella Sinclair said...

WHOAAA! Totally groovy and psychedelic! Sounds like a dangerous addiction waiting to happen. Gorgeous!

Bella Sinclair said...

HAHAHAHAHA! I just have to tell ya, I love the name Drunken Tiles. And your latest doodle would go so VERY well in a urologist's waiting area!

Laura said...

Looks like fun. Have you tried spraying the tiles with a spray fixative before varnishing to preserve the color? One more step, unfortunately, if it does work.

gm glimmerglass said...

Hi Aimee -

I got the tiles, got the ink and COULD NOT STOP once I started! Here is one set I made, inspired by yours.

http://gmglimmerglass.blogspot.com/2010/02/deep-greens-and-blues-are-colors-i.html

DH thought laquer would be the toughest coating, but I'll have to try that. Seems it might desolve the ink.

I'll update ya'll on the progress.

Have to work right now though - groan.

Thanks for this amazing idea!

:-)

gm glimmerglass said...

Trying to make a link:

Blue and Green Tiles

aimee said...

if anyone tries the spray fixative before varnishing, let me know! that might enable the tile to take a thicker lacquer without smudging the ink. but i am just talking out of my backside when it comes to varnish - i am no expert. any handy tips here on that front would be super!

gm, your tiles are so cool!

sweettooth7 said...

Has anyone tried a spray shellac? My dad recommended it for another coaster project, which i have yet to complete. I'd try, but I don't have the inks and with birthdays and a birth soon on the horizon, I know I won't get to it. You can get the spray shellac at the local hardware store.

3XMom said...

oh my gosh - SOOOOO GORGEOUS! Cannot WAIT to try this!!!

vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

these are SO cool!!
I am going to have to try this sometime. They would make fun coasters or something..

Sheri@childmade.com said...

These are stunning! I just love the colors! Of course, that might be because it's the middle of winter and I haven't seen anything but gray for weeks. Thanks for sharing! This would be perfect for a class project. I've posted a link.

aimee said...

gm glimmerglass's tiles are super cool, definitely worth checking out! so are joanne's at breathe as me - and she shared a few tips on her varnishing process:

1. after finishing with the tile i let it sit and dry for a while, probably a half hour or more... in fact, the hardest part of all of this process is all the waiting!
2. i spray a very light mist (holding the can far away) of Krylon's Workable Fixatif... this step takes some practice... if the mist is too heavy or too close to the tile it can speckle the ink... but on some of my designs, this actually looks kind of cool.. but speckling is kept to a minimum by letting the dry time go a long time in step 1, and holding the can far away from the tile and sort of misting it over the tile... (all done outside of course to prevent my own early demise from fumes)...
3. let dry for at least 15 to 20 minutes or more... with each step the longer drying time in between each step the better results i am getting...
4. spray a mist (again holding can far away) of Krylon's Matte Finish (different product from #2)... again, wait wait wait...
5. repeat step 4...
6. then comes the shiny part... I am using Future Floor Wax (which isn't a wax, it's a shiny acrylic finish for floors)... made by Pledge...
7. i spread a very thin layer on with a foam brush... it's so liquidy when it goes on there is no chance for brushstrokes to form...it's important to let all the previous steps dry... if they weren't dry, the floor wax will take away the ink.... i learned this the hard way from being impatient...
8. step 7 needs to dry completely before even considering a second coat of the floor wax... several hours at least... and while it's wet the floor wax makes it look like there are going to be tiny air bubbles ruining the tile... but when the wax is completely dry the air bubbles magically disappear...
9. so far i don't get a super thick acrylic top layer, but the shine is really really pretty, and so i'm good with that...

i like the Future product because it won't yellow over time... in fact, a lot of model airplane and train enthusiasts use it for this reason... some of the other acrylic coatings were rated poorly because of bad yellowing problems...

Karen Blados said...

OH BOY! We've got extra tile left over from our bathroom remodel. I sense a run for inks in my future!

P.S. love the images of your creative explosions that you've added.

zahra said...

i just loved these tiles!!

Jan Thompson said...

I've used this in on think baked slabs of polymer clay but the tiles are so cool.
What a great gift idea.
Thanks for sharing.
Jan

redchuckstress said...

I tried these out and they were soooo fun! Even gave some as gifts. You were right about drying in between the coats with the water based sealant. I got impatient and didn"t do that at first and it took forever to dry like 2 weeks lol!

Victoria said...

These are incredible! Going on a list too! lol!

Lexi said...

I love these! definitely posting a link to this tutorial on my blog!

Vee said...

I just found your tut this morning...OMG just what I was looking for...make 8 tiles today...love, love, love it :)

aimee said...

glad you enjoyed! let me know if you come up with a decent sealer for it - i still haven't solved that part of the mystery yet!

mathew said...

Great work. I really like the story. I love your blog, keep it up the good work. I can't wait to see what it is next.

Color Cat Studios said...

I am GOING TO DO THIS! I actually bought some of those tiles this summer because I thought it'd be fun to paint on them, and they've just been waiting, hanging around like they're waiting for friends to come and visit them. NOW I have purpose! Too, I teach a lot of classes and this sounds like something even a non-artistic person can succeed at! Hooray!

Island Soul said...

Finally the upside of hoarding craft supplies. I have a box of tiles that i bought yeeeeaaaarrrs ago at Salvation Army because i just KNEW i would use them in a craft project (although I didn't know just what, lol.) I've carted them with me through 3 moves with my family saying "what on earth are you gonna do with those..get rid of them" but i just couldn't. Those same family members will just loooove the gifts they get from them now!

bichonpawz said...

Hi there! I just LOVE your art!! When I tried to do these tiles...I ended up with a muddy mess...is there something I am missing? Thanks so much!!
Jeanne

man said...

When I saw the title I thought, what did Aimee create while under the influence of a great bottle of wine? (Shame on me!) Now that I know better, these are trees magnificent (that's "Frans" for way cool). Hope you have more cool art ventures to share this week! :)
Dripping Springs Remodeling Contractor

Laci- Craptress Extraordinairre said...

I want to know what kind of varnish you used. I tried a spray sealer and it caused little round splotching in the ink. What should I get instead?

aimee said...

the right sealer remains a mystery -- though you might find some helpful suggestions in the comments that i haven't tried!