If you are a long-time reader of my blog, you've seen me make many custom drink coasters ... I love the originality and being able to customize them! I am very happy to report that I've found some different products (other than I've used in the past) that work great for this purpose -- Kirarina 2win Oil-based markers!
These 2win Oil-based pens are available in 18 color varieties. Each pen is dual-tipped and features TWO original Kirarina colors! 2win oil-based pens include a round nib and fine nib on either end. They are also:
- Available in 5 or 8-piece sets
- Stick to any surface
- 2 colors in each pen
- Fine nib for detailed work
- Round nib for broad strokes
A note about the dual nibs: Honestly, I didn't notice much difference between the broad vs. fine nibs (you can see the nibs on the Grape pen below with the caps removed) -- if you may be concerned about trying to color a larger area with the "fine nib" that may be designated on the color you'd like to use. I thought they performed about the same.
To make my coaster, first I prepped a 4-inch unglazed tumbled marble tile (found at the home improvement store) by wiping the surface with an alcohol wipe. This step just removes any excess dust or oil from the tile. If you don't have an alcohol wipe, you could just wet a paper towel with rubbing alcohol.
(Below, I photographed the back of my tile because I forgot to take a photo of this step before making my tile, so that's why it looks a little more rough and different than my finished tile!)
Next, I used Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp Essentials by Ellen Bohemian Garden flowers onto the tile. In the past, I usually used Memento Tuxedo Black (or any of Memento's dye-based inks) and that ink works just fine, too.
The colors of Kirarina 2win Oil-based markers I used were: Raspberry, Marigold, Muscat, Emerald, Aqua, and Grape. The beauty of this marker is that you get two DIFFERENT colors in the same pen! Below, I've colored a chart so you can see both colors that are in each pen:
Then I had fun coloring my stamped tile! Just to be on the safe side, I was careful to try and not touch any of the stamped lines with the marker tips (which is almost virtually impossible!). I noticed that really only the yellow Kirarina 2win slightly smeared the stamped ink if I went over the stamped lines.
Since I prefer my coasters to remain absorbent, I don't seal them with anything. Therefore, I wanted to test the colorfastness if the ink and markers were exposed to a lot of water. So I poured on some water . . . !
And the results? Absolutely no running or bleeding of either the ink or the Kirarina 2win Oil-based markers!
Thanks so much for visiting today -- I hope you will give these tile coasters a try!