How to Paint Tile

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How to Paint Tile
Painted butterflies (Painted tiles & photos by Natasha Lawrence)

Painting tiles requires no artistic ability, just a desire to explore creative possibilities. Enjoyable for children and adults, the project can be used as wall art, a plant stand or a centrepiece on a table. These also make nice gifts and can be created with a specific theme in mind, such as a garden or flowers, a cup filled with coffee, or a simple free-form design with interesting swirls of colour.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Acrylic paints
  • Assorted paint brushes
  • Tiles 4"x4" or 6"x6"
  • Mod Podge liquid sealer
  • Pencil
  • Foam squares
  • Paper plates
  • Small foam squares
  • Hot-glue gun

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  1. 1

    Pour several spots of different acrylic paint colours, including white, onto a paper plate. Create an impressionistic style background, take a small foam square (such as a sponge cut into cubes) and dip it into one of the colours. Sponge randomly on the face of the tile but do not cover the entire time. Dip the sponge into another colour and do the same. The colours will create an interesting blend. Adding a third colour in this technique is optional. Let the paint dry.

    How to Paint Tile
    Yellow flower on tile
  2. 2

    Use a pencil to lightly draw the outlines of an image, such as a pet, a vase of flowers or a scene, on the tile. Complete the picture with acrylic paint, which dries fairly quickly. This allows you to cover any errors or add accents of colour or strokes for interest. A child can paint his palm and fingers, then press his hand down on the tile. Make sure the entire hand is imprinted on the tile. This makes for a nice gift to a parent or grandparent.

    How to Paint Tile
    Bouquet of flowers on tile
  3. 3

    Finish the tile by adhering a coordinated foam square (same size as the tile) with hot glue. This prevents the tile from scratching or damaging furniture it may be placed on. If the tile is to be hung on a wall for display, use a metal plate holder available in retail and craft shops. Sign your name and add the date it was created on the foam square on the bottom of the tile. A variation is to paint three tiles side by side, each one-third of a whole picture.

    How to Paint Tile

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