The zentangle coaster experiment

I was at my local Home Depot the other day picking up some tools, when I found some really cheap 4″x4″ ceramic tiles. I picked up 4 of them and thought of turning them into coasters. So I brought them home and decided to use my handy little sharpie to draw some zentangles on them just for fun, and this is what I came up with.

zentangles

zentangles

 

Now, these are just random scribbles, just to get a feel of how my hand moves on the tile. What I noticed was that the Sharpie is not very durable and tends to fade away/ smudge when you wipe it with a damp cloth. So I tried two things to make it water proof. One was to spray it with a clear glaze I bought from a local crafts store, and the other was to cover the coaster with transparent contact paper. The clear glaze didn’t really work too well and it pretty much smudged the entire tile (see the top left coaster in pic above). The rest of the tiles, I covered with contact paper. It’s working fine for now, but I think, the next time I make these coasters, I’ll probably be using Glass Paint Markers and spraying them with a coat of clear glaze to give them a glossy finish.

Will document this better next time round 🙂

 

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