Monday, April 9, 2012

Photos on Tiles

     One day while my family and I were out for a walk, I noticed a box of unused tiles sitting in a box by someone's trash. Well, I am not one to pass by something I could use- no matter where I find it. The box was so heavy, my hubby had to pick it up and since we were closer to my mom's house, we dropped the box off there. Eventually, the box made it to my house. And now the tile projects will begin!:) Here's the first one:

This is your basic 4.25"x4.25" bathroom tile. Can you see the potential here?

First, I cut a photo to size and put Mod Podge on the back of it and stuck it right in the center of the tile. Then I let it sit for about 15-20 minutes to let it dry. If you try to paint Mod Podge on top w/o giving the stuff underneath time to dry, you could end up with air bubbles.
Then I put a layer of Mod Podge on the top- painting it vertically. After some more drying time, I put another layer on top going horizontally. While the Mod Podge is drying, it looks hazy. Don't worry- it clears up when it's dry.
Painting on the Mod Podge 2 different directions gives it a canvas-like look when it dries.
I chose a photo of my parents, one of my dad with my younger son, and one of my mom with my older son as an Easter present for them. I placed the three tiles on little easels. Turned out pretty cute and was so simple! 
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Julia said...

Oooh, that looks yumm-o!

I'll have to explain the chopsticks at another time, when I'm not ready to collapse-- unfortunately, no photos were taken of the awesomeness that was and is my shelving units. I'll have to see if I have anything of them in the background...

Anyway, you mentioned that you hadn't ever heard Ella Fitzgerald's music, so I decided that I should probably search for some for you. I have a list of favorites, but this one is probably the top-- an amazing song no matter the singer, but with her it's pure magic!

I can give you more suggestions if you'd like, not just Ella but other music from the time <3

*~* Julia *~* *~*

Jackie said...

I've always wanted to do this, I just never knew where I'd put them or whatever... But now I'm thinking, I'd love to make some of these for my mom with pictures of my daughter (her first grandbaby) on them... Yours turned out great ! Fantastic :)