2013 Christmas Crafts: Part 2 (Tile Coasters)

Hello, again! As you can imagine, Jessi from Aspiring Artistry and I have been busy! (And a certain dining room table has been an absolute disaster area. Don't worry, though, it's better now!)

Today, we're showing you our second craft: Painted Tile Coasters. It's super easy with gorgeous results. You'll stare at your tiles in wonder that something so simple could look so nice. You may also decide against giving them as gifts-as originally intended-and keep them for yourself.


What You'll Need:

First things first: Clean the tiles with rubbing alcohol and let them dry.

Next, apply the stencil adhesive to the back side of your stencil concentrating on the design details. If you're using Delta's brand, you'll let the adhesive dry for a few minutes until it's tacky. This will keep the paint from "bleeding" or smearing under the stencil as you work.

Now, you'll position your stencil on the tile and gently press it down so that the entire pattern is securely stuck on the surface.

And here comes the fun part! Choose your colors and put a little in your paper plate. Take a little bit of your first color and dab the brush in the plate to remove excess. Then, apply the paint to the tile with an up and down "tapping" motion.

(Hint: The up and down motion also helps keep the paint in the lines of the stencil. Smearing the paint from side to side with the brush only increases the likelihood of "bleeding" under the stencil area.)

 If you use two colors, it's best to use one immediately after the other without waiting for the first to dry because otherwise they get stuck to the stencil. (Ask me how I know!)

Once you are done painting, gently peel away the stencil and then allow your design to dry for about an hour. If you are making more than one (four tiles makes a nice coaster set), just dab off the extra paint on the stencil with a paper towel and move on to the next tile. If the stencil adhesive is still tacky, there is no need to reapply.

Once the design is has dried, you're ready for your first coat of sealant/enamel. It was much too cold to use a spray version outside so we opted for the brush-on variety but I think the spray would provide a smoother top coat. If you do use the brush-on version, you will probably end up with lines where the brush strokes were so long, even brush strokes that sweep the length of the tile will be your friend.

Wait an hour between coats... two should be sufficient. Note: The enamel top coat is not intended to be in contact with food items.

Lastly, you will cut the cork to the size of the tile and glue it on with your glue gun. Press them together gently to be sure they stick.

Now you're ready to enjoy your coasters or give them as gifts with a smug smile when you admit you made them. Pretty, no?



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