Tv #3 How To Create A Tile Mosaic


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Tv #3 How To Create A Tile Mosaic

  1. 1. Watch “Lori Krein’s Art Studio” San Jose Comcast Channel 15 Mondays at noon! Or watch on demand… Episode #3: How to Create a Mosaic Tile Assemblage
  2. 2. Intro I’ve always been a creative person, but I was never good at drawing. Once I discovered collage, I never looked back. The most common questions about collage are about where to get the specialty art papers. At the end of this ebook, there is a list of resources. Send me photos of you work! I will put them on my website. Here’s your chance to share your creations with the world! Questions? Email me at, or contact me through my website,
  3. 3. Supplies and Prep You will need: – One piece of specialty art paper for your background. – Plastic box frame or any hard surface. – Weldbond or other strong craft glue – Sculpey, polymer, or other type of clay that you can bake in your home oven. – Acrylic or craft paints, I like to use neutral colors. – Variety of rubber stamps and other objects to make interesting patterns in the clay. – Scissors, acrylic matte medium, paper towels, small container of water, rag or old towel. To prepare for this project, cover a table with newspaper or an old tablecloth. Wear an apron or old clothing. Specialty art Plastic box frame Weldbond or Sculpey or Acrylic or craft papers or other hard other strong other clay Rubber Stamps surface craft glue that you can paint bake in your home oven
  4. 4. Step 1: Prepare the Background Cut the background paper slightly larger than the box frame, making sure you have enough paper to go all the way around the sides and just slightly around the back. Cut squares from the corners to make it easier to glue down the corners. If you are using a plastic box frame, remove the cardboard backing and set aside. Apply a coat of matte medium (thinned a little bit with water) to the paper. Place paper onto box frame. Smooth out with your finger or paint brush to remove all the air bubbles! Add more matte medium to the surface to make it easier to smooth out. Then wrap the paper around the edges until the whole frame is covered. I chose a natural colored lokta paper (made in Nepal).
  5. 5. Step 2: Make the Tiles Roll the clay out like dough, about 1/8” thick. Choose a rubber stamp pattern. Place rubber stamp onto clay, and press firmly. Lift the stamp to reveal the pattern! Repeat this process until you have used up the clay you rolled out. Leave some space between the patterns. Cut the tiles into individual squares or rectangles using a knife or other sharp instrument. Place the tiles onto a foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake in the oven, following the directions on the package.
  6. 6. Step 3: Paint the Tiles After the tiles have cooled, you can begin painting them. Choose a neutral color. Dab on the paint using a slightly moist sponge or small paint brush. Make sure you get the paint into all the nooks and crannies! Wipe the excess paint off the tile using a slightly damp sponge (I cut a household sponge into small squares) to reveal an antique look.
  7. 7. Step 4: Arrange the Tiles Once the paint has dried, and the background is dry (about 24 hours) you can begin arranging the tiles onto the hard surface. Once you have decided on an arrangement you like, glue each piece onto the surface. I use a small paintbrush to adhere the glue onto the back of the pieces.
  8. 8. Step 5: Final Coat After the assemblage has dried, you can coat it with water-based polyurethane. I like to use gloss, but you can also try a matte finish. Mod Podge also works great! If you used a plastic box frame, put the cardboard backing back in place so you can hang your artwork on the wall. If you used something else as your canvas, you will need to add a hanger onto the back. Congratulations, your DONE! Now, wrap your creation and give it as a gift or hang it in your home and enjoy!
  9. 9. Resources Decorative Art Paper: Other art supplies (clay, paints, canvas, glue, brushes, matte medium, etc.) Michaels Aaron Brothers Utrecht
  10. 10. Thanks! I hope you enjoyed this ebook! Visit to see more of my artwork. Check out my other ebooks! I’ll be adding more each week. Watch my show, “Lori Krein’s Art Studio” Mondays at noon, on CreaTV, Comcast channel 15, in San Jose, CA or on demand at