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:
- 4x4in Ceramic Tiles (Found at Lowe's for $.16 each!)
- All-Surface Acrylic paint (Martha Stewart's Crafts Paints is a favorite brand so far)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Stencil brush/sponge (Confession: We had neither and used the flat sides of one of these)
- Stencil adhesive (We used Delta Re-positional Stencil Adhesive)
- Paper plate (This is your paint palette)
- Hot glue gun (and glue sticks!)
- Cork sheet/roll
- Sealant/Enamel (I used Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel in White Pearl)
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.
(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?