Colorful Coasters

My boys all attend school in the wonderful Camas School District in WA State. One of the fantastic programs I am blessed to volunteer in, is Art Discovery, led by two of the most amazingly talented women. They inspired me with a project we did a year ago, involving simple white glazed tiles and ink. The project was so simple, yet incredibly effective from kindergarten right through to fifth grade. Each child was able to create a colorful coaster up bring home.

Each one looked different. And each one was spectacularly beautiful. Watching the ink move across the tile is mesmerizingly therapeutic.

This stunning kaleidoscope of colors is achieved with just a few supplies. You'll need:

Clean the tile well with cotton wool soaked in isopropyl alcohol to remove oils and residues on the tiles. If you don't have any, ethyl alcohol or straight vodka (unflavored and without the cocktail ingredients!) will also do the job.

Allow the alcohol to evaporate, otherwise the ink will run. Although, you'll get some pretty interesting patterns this way too!

Apply the alcohol ink one drop at a time. To get concentric circles, add a drop of contrasting color straight into the center of a wet ink blot. You can try different techniques at this time, like blowing on the wet ink through a straw or spraying isopropyl alcohol onto it.

If you mess up, or the ink runs, just wipe it off with the alcohol. Even if it's dry, it'll come right off.

You can't go wrong. Every single tile created by the children in a class was uniquely lovely.

Once the tiles are completely set, about an hour, spray them with a sealant like Krylon Crystal Clear spray varnish. I tried Mod Podge too, but the finish of the Krylon was smoother and less tacky. Spray this varnish in a well-ventilated area, because it's pretty intense. Although Mod Podge will work too, is less odorous and seals well, if brushed on too vigorously, the paint designs will smudge.

This varnished finish will prevent the designs from getting damaged by spilled drinks.

As a finishing touch, add some felt circles to the bottom of your tiles, to prevent them from scratching your tables.

Have fun. It's an inexpensive, but incredibly therapeutic art form, which will suit everyone in the family.

Create. Enjoy. Repeat.


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Had the most fun tonight with an amazing instructor and many wonderful friends! Three & Me out did themselves with beautiful presentation and amazing craft that I am excited to display in my home! I look forward to another opportunity to craft with Three & Me in the future!

Camas, WA

What an amazing experience! Claire is an incredible instructor and makes these projects so fun and truly easy for those like me who are not artsy! She is extremely organized and everything is so well thought out and ready in advance. I can hardly wait to take more classes in the future. I would highly recommend Three & Me!

Angela H.

Camas, WA

I just went to my first Three & Me workshop. It was a wonderful experience. Claire is a warm hostess and an excellent instructor. Making everyone feel engaged and successful. The materials are top notch and every detail is well thought out. It’s a great escape for a personal creative moment or a fun way to connect with friends and family while expressing your inner artist.

Camas, WA

Such a fun string art class tonight! Claire is a wonderful instructor and everything was so beautiful; the display, the art, the examples, the supplies, the snacks! So fun!

Camas, WA

This is truly a fun night out! Claire's instruction is helpful, humorous and fun! I love how she allowed us options to be creative and put our own twist on our projects. There is a lot of attention to detail with the set-up, supplies and refreshments which did not go unnoticed.  I can't wait for the next project!

What a fun evening! Claire has thought of every detail and guides you step by step through the whole process! She is such an encourager and makes you feel like you have just made a masterpiece! I highly recommend her classes! I can't wait to take another one!

Camas, WA

I had such a fun evening! Three & Me had everything presented beautifully and organized in a way that made it easy to follow along for those of us that aren't necessarily crafters by nature! Thank you for a fun night!

Courtney H.

Camas, WA

Thank you Claire Houlding for an incredible night! It was so much fun creating with Three & Me!

Hollen F.

Camas, WA

You all did such a great job! Claire Houlding what a fun thing you are starting in our community! Love it. So fun to be there tonight!

Jennifer B.

Camas, WA

I craft a lot at home, but doing crafts in a class with friends is so much better. THREE & ME makes it so easy to do the things I am interested in, without having to find the supplies and figure out how to do it on my own. I've just booked my next ladies night with Claire! I can't wait. 

Vancouver, WA

Tonight, a bunch of lucky ladies got to craft along side one of the very best. Claire's heart, is hands done one of the very best and those of us who were there got to create something amazing that we will proudly display in our homes. Many laughs and much fun was had by all. I highly recommend one of Three & Me classes to anyone in the area! Spread kindness around like confetti!!

Lana E.

Camas, WA

Art is not my strength. I don't have a creative bone in my body. So I came to a workshop because my friend made me... and I made something I now love. I was expecting to sit and watch, but landed up getting fully involved! My husband and kids don't believe that I made it myself. I'm coming again and I'm bringing my sister... she's even worse at crafts than me.

Alyson S.

Washougal, WA

We had such a fun girls night out making Christmas signs. Claire did a wonderful job explaining what to do and they turned out great! We are all looking forward to more events!! Thank you!

Kristine A.

Camas, WA

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