Not that I want to touch the basement with a ten foot pole (it's Chris's very disgusting tool cave), but occasionally I go down there for a tool or to put paint on the shelf and I see all around me things that I can use to create!! The box of tile was one of those "things" just sitting on a shelf crying out to be used. After all, it was just gathering dust.
So the other day I stirred up my creativity and opened the box to see how many tiles were left to use. Five. That's not even enough to matter to Chris, so they were mine! I decided to use four because if you know me, odd numbers freak me out... are you really surprised? I opted out of stopping at the half-sane notion of three children to have four for that very reason!
For this project I wanted to utilize two random things I had laying around. One- the tiles and two- a picture frame without a back. In other words it was just a frame and glass. I had thought about cutting a new cardboard back for the thing, but never got around to it. I believe it was destined to be used in this project!
|The first thing I did was wash the dirt and grit off the tiles. I then followed that with a more thorough washing with Goo Gone extreme. This stuff is lethal! It smells bad, but it works.|
|I traced over the sketch with my best friend sharpie. Sharpie is the best thing ever. It can be used for anything. It is the most important tool in my art bin next to my tobacco pipe (I'm so kidding!!)|
|Make sure to give the sharpie lines time to dry before you get all touchy-feely with the tile. It has to dry completely on the non-porous surface.|
|I used an almost-as-cool-as-a -Sharpie Painters pen to draw over the pencil lines I made on the black paper to create a positive negative effect.|
|I Mod Podged the tiles to seal them and give them a pretty sheen.|
|Even though I didn't use the original top left tile, I can attach felt tabs on the back an make it into a coaster or put it onto a small picture frame to echo this design in another room. Either way, I'll use it!|
|I used Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose glue to attach the tiles to the glass of the frame.|
|I allowed the glue to set overnight. This is very important, because those tiles really weigh the frame and need to set completely!!|
|But then the next day I had new art to hang on my walls! However I can see this thing being broken in a minute with one rogue ball or forcefully tossed stuffed animal. I'll let you know how that turns out!|