Stitching, Quilting & Tiles Oh My!

I’m not nearly as crafty as I wish I was. I went through a quilting phase and in all honesty I was pretty good. But I quickly found I loved picking out fabric and designs more than I had the time or patience to actually quilt. This frustrated my poor mother more than words can possibly convey. But that’s another story entirely.

I’ve tried my hand at cross stitching several times in my life and that too I’m not so great at. If I had to pick, I suppose the best thing I can do is crochet. I learned how to crochet when I was very young but I don’t really do it. Again, I love picking out all the pretty yarns and I’m excited to get started but somehow I manage to start several projects and finish none.

So, now, that I have clearly shared what I’m not good at, the one thing I have found that I do like doing is painting on ceramic tile.  The funny thing is I am so non-crafty that this isn’t something that ever occurred to me before so I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. The idea came to me when I was searching for budget friendly decorating ideas after I moved.

Decorating files can be transformed and added as a kitchen backsplash or perhaps a decorative border in the bathroom or maybe even on the patio. With a little bit of prep work and mild artistic skills, working with ceramic tile can be fairly simple.

To get started designing your tile:

Start by cleaning the ceramic tile with a mild-abrasive bathroom cleaner which will remove all residues such as grease, oil or dirt.

Next, plan out the design you intend to put on the tile. Sketching out the design on paper is always a good idea so you have something to work from.  For those that artistically challenged, such as me, using stencils can be an easy way to create a beautiful pattern and no one has to know!

Pick up some high-gloss acrylic paint and use it to pain the design onto the tile. Fine-tip brushes for small tiles and intricate details are needed. If you are using a stencil, you can affix it to the tile before you start by using small pieces of painter’s tape on each corner of the tile.

After you finish painting it should rest for two or three days to properly dry. Keep the tile out of the reach of small children during the drying process.

The last step is using a coat of water-based urethane over the entire surface of the tile to seal the paint, ensuring the design holds up long term.

If you need some design inspiration, just visit Pinterest. By the time you leave that site you will have a long list of tile designs you want to make along with another list of recipes and DIY projects to start. That site actually makes me want to be crafty and I can’t believe I just said that on the World Wide Web for all to see. Just don’t tell my mom, she’s still upset about all the quilting projects I haven’t started.

About Gabrielle Greene

I blog at TipsOnHowToSaveMoney. My friends often refer to me as “Gaby Gabs A lot,” especially if it has anything to do with craft supplies, freebies, saving money! As the mom of two teenage girls, being frugal is an absolute must.

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