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  1. stephanie
    September 4, 2015 at 11:28 am | Reply

    wow! Totally cool. Looks like a fun project for the long weekend.

  2. Dorothy jastifer
    Dorothy jastifer
    September 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm | Reply

    I’ve been painting and firing tiles for the last couple of months and love some of the results and sometimes can add to the ones I don’t care for by just adding ink colors again and moving them around and getting good results (no fire). There are other little tricks you can do. It is trial and errorrrrrrrrrr and sometimes really neat things happen.

  3. James Peacock
    September 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Reply

    I have used Alcohol for other purposes — And I will try this. However, I would like larger pieces. Also- I’m wondering — if one can use this on another surface — such — as Canvas — or Board? I should call cheap joes – and ask.


  4. Karyn Armstrong
    Karyn Armstrong
    September 19, 2015 at 2:04 pm | Reply

    I have a plethora of Dr.Martens and FW ink, can I create my own alcohol inks by adding alcohol to the ink or do I need a special alcohol ink? Trying to be frugal!

  5. Dorothy jastifer
    Dorothy jastifer
    September 26, 2015 at 4:45 pm | Reply

    In answer to James question about using another substrate. You can use alcohol inks on canvas as long as you apply one or two coats of gesso on the canvas first. You can achieve Some really lovely results. No fire though.

  6. Janet
    September 28, 2015 at 2:12 am | Reply

    I have used alcohol ink on photo paper – which I buy in bulk at the dollar store. SO much fun! (No fire).

  7. James Humberg
    James Humberg
    October 2, 2015 at 4:06 am | Reply

    Why would anybody use watercolor to stain porcelain tiles! Why not American Journey watercolors and Ethanol…You can get a quart of Ethanol from Amazon for $12.00, and paint twice as fast. I even used it with my Rembrandt/ Mungyo Soft pastels, on Canson paper and Fredrix Watercolor Canvas!

    If they wanted colored tiles, have them go to a Pottery shop! Much nicer results!
    That way they will not have to worry about getting the surface wet, and have it become history! You will never find watercolored tiles at a Tile vendor! All are either HIGH FIRE or LOW FIRE glazes and permanent!

    That way the dumb artists that do not know the combustibility of alcohol on paper, will not have the chance of burning down their art studio and home as well, just because they seen it on Cheap Joe’s being used on white tile material!

  8. Minnie
    October 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm | Reply

    At last! A use for that vile Bacardi 151 rum!

  9. Jeanie Griffin Ward
    Jeanie Griffin Ward
    October 5, 2015 at 4:42 pm | Reply

    This sounds like a fun project. I think I will like this. have used wax crayon to do a method something like this on oil paintings that have done in the past. I use a hot wood burning tool to melt the wax crayon on to the painting.Be sure to use a metal instrument to hold the wax crayon while you are melting the was onto the canvas. The wax leaves a nice mix of oil paint and wax deposit on the painting that have seen my works are in awe of the finished product. My fellow artist. often begin to work with this method. It is great fun. If you an artist who looks for new art paths…go for it. jeanie ward

    1. Donna
      October 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm | Reply

      Thanks so much for the information. Do you have a web-site? I would love to see some of your work. I never thought about adding crayons as a coloring medium. Would love to see how you use it. Thanks. Donna ;) )

  10. diann borton
    diann borton
    October 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm | Reply

    I would most certainly would love to try this method. Endless possibilities.

  11. Abigail
    October 10, 2015 at 4:58 pm | Reply

    Hi Carlee, Thank you for sharing your gorgeous work and your methodology. Do you find that iquitex Soluvar Aerosol Varnish (Glossy) is sufficient to seal tiles? If so, I’ll try it. I’m in the habit of sealing with resin so that finished piece can take heat (work as a hot plat or support cup of hot tea) and so that it doesn’t chip.
    Would LOVE to switch to an easier method if it works.
    Also thanks for the reminder that AI works on canvas if we prep the canvas well.

    Thanks again for sharing your beautiful work.

  12. LORI
    October 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm | Reply

    absolutely love the effect, however i am terrified of the fire aspect so i will just enjoy yours.

  13. John
    October 19, 2015 at 11:06 pm | Reply

    Carlee…I think that the “unfortunate mess” was a beautiful blend of colors. I actually liked that color combo the best of all. I’ve got to try this technique. What else have you tried besides the tiles, with or without the fire?

  14. Donna
    October 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm | Reply

    Oh, One more question. Can you use this method on Canvas or Paper? Or does this require a slick surface such as the tiles? Thanks.

  15. Tom
    November 3, 2015 at 11:17 pm | Reply

    Hi Carlee, Love your creativity and sense of adventure! I just wanted to ask: Was the tile you used glazed or was it a bare ( rough) surface?

  16. Derek
    February 9, 2016 at 12:00 am | Reply

    Have you tried sealing your inked tiles? I’m having trouble finding a combination that doesn’t affect the image.

  17. vicki kmiecik
    vicki kmiecik
    November 2, 2016 at 9:01 am | Reply

    I really liked the orange one with the silver that you wiped off.

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  19. Tammy
    February 15, 2018 at 8:52 pm | Reply

    I did some the other day. Love the results. I did some on glass and it looks like stained glass.

  20. Yonna
    May 1, 2018 at 7:13 am | Reply

    I really liked the fall colored tile! The green really helped create the fall feeling!

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