Hand-made coaster project, learning curve.
Spending time on Pinterest leads to trying new projects.
I made personalized cork coasters after being inspired by a pin.
Less is more. Paper thickness should be considered.
Too much glue will saturate your image and can bleed through causing blots or “freckles” on inkjet images.
Wet paper is fragile, so consider a light application of glue.
Careful not to tear or wrinkle as you apply.
Inkjet images can bleed, so if your glue runs, wipe your tool (or finger) to avoid smearing color.
Dry paper and cork will file cleanly and reduce chance of wrinkling or tearing your image.
Give ample dry time.
I filed mine a second time after the sealer was completely dry.
I think you have a crisper edge by doing so.
Cork wanted to warp just a bit. I applied heavy books to dried coasters to flatten.
I suggest using multiple brushes to avoid color bleed from one coaster to the next. The paper sealer medium says that there is no image bleed and no brush strokes, but I did see evidence of both. A foam roller brush might eliminate those issues.
You need a day or more to complete this project with drying time considered. Makes a great gift or fun distraction for the day.
I will repeat the process using ceramic tile and square image and compare. I think the ceramic tile coaster would have a richer look and I like the weight of a tile versus the light feel of the cork.
Would love to hear any similar project you have tried and the products that you used, or were pleased with.