Then I chose three or four Adirondack ink colors and started dropping them onto the tile. There are several different ways that you can blend the inks and get interesting designs.
- You can turn the tile different directions until the inks run into each other adding more as you go until the tile is covered and the inks blend.
- Dropping more ink into the ink that is already on the tile will create lighter spots and organic shapes.
- You can add the Adirondack alcohol blending solution to lighten the colors and allow them to flow more easily.
- You can use canned air or blow through a straw to blend and create interesting patterns as well.
- A heat tool also will push the inks around to blend them and to dry them.
I used different combinations and kept working the inks until I was happy with the way that the background looked.
I got out my Artistcellar stencils and had fun picking which stencil I wanted to go with which background. I laid the stencil over the tile and using my black Faber-Castell Pitt Pen with the brush tip, I filled in the areas of the stencil that I wanted to use. I used the whole stencil on some of the tiles and on others I only used part of the stencil. I also used the black Pitt pen to add a word to one of the tiles.
I used these stencils on the tiles:
I am going to seal these tiles so that the inks don't lift off or get scratched. I want them to be durable and last for a long time. I'm still experimenting with what sealant works best for me, so I can't share that information yet. I'll try and share later after I figure out what works the best.
I have done some experimenting now with two different products. I used Liquitex pouring medium and triple-thick crystal clear glaze spray by Krylon.
The spray is easier to use and worked well. I followed the directions and put four layers on each tile.
To use the Liquitex product, I set the tile slightly above a level surface and carefully poured on the medium. It isn't always easy to get the whole surface covered without the pouring medium flowing off the edges. I let it cure for several days.
I tested them by wiping with a wet cloth, letting water set on top of the tile, setting a cold drink on it, and setting a hot drink on top. The inks stayed put and the water wiped of easily in all the tests. The glaze spray and the pouring medium did melt when a hot drink was set on top of it however. If you want to make coasters for cold drinks or make a back splash these would both work well. The spray is easier to apply though. I haven't yet found something that won't melt if it exposed to heat from boiling water.
Here are a couple of the other tiles that I decorated.