Monday, December 1, 2014

Painted Tile Landscape

Painted Tile Landscape
Image Size 8" x 12"
Glazes on tile

I have a lot of white glazed tile leftover from remodeling projects from decades ago - no, I don't usually throw stuff away if I think it can be used for an art project.  This is my first try at painting on a glazed tile with low fire glazes.  I've painted on bisque tiles before many times (porous with no shiny finish) but this was a different experience.  I painted then fired these tiles twice because I didn't get the glaze dark enough the first time.  After firing the first time, the glaze became permanent and I was able to add more paint without lifting my first layer.  Since the surface is slick, the glaze wants to slip around and lift when more glaze is added.  I think I will be able to paint with one firing for the next project.  Each time a new medium/surface is used, there is a learning curve and I learned a lot with this painting.  Next time should be easier.  Another challenge when painting with glazes is that the way the painting looks before firing is very different than after it is fired.  It's fun to open the kiln and see the result.  It's always a surprise.

This was so much fun and I'm planning to do more very soon.  I like the looseness of this and it feels good to use up some supplies that I've been hoarding.  I need to mount this on a board and grout the lines between the tiles to finish it.  It will look a lot different when that's done.



16 comments:

  1. SO unique, Nancy. I love how this looks and would really love to see this finished with the grouting and mounted on the board.. again..awesome piece.!

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  2. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je suis subjuguée par ce travail extraordinaire et fascinant que vous venez de faire.
    J'aime beaucoup le résultat. Ce ciel est superbe !
    Vous êtes vraiment très talentueuse.

    Gros bisous ♡

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  3. You have a kiln, Nancy? I love art tiles like these! This would be beautiful in a kitchen!

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    1. Yes, I've had a kiln for about 25 years. I originally got it to fire paint on glass when I was making stained glass windows because I couldn't find any ceramic artists that would let me put glass in their kilns. It's been very handy to have over the years, not only for glass but also for ceramic projects.

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  4. I love those beautiful clouds - such incredible detail!!!

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    1. Thank you Keith. I love painting skies.

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  5. Oh I love these & love the whole idea! So creative you are!

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  6. Well you are stepping outside the box, love it that you too are experimenting. You inspire me. What else do you have up your sleeve?
    This turned out well, very atmospheric, can"t wait to see once it is complete. This has got to be worse than Yupo paper for sliding about.
    Thanks much for the thoughtful and very nice comments. Hope you too had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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    1. I hadn't thought about it but you're right, it is very much like working on Yupo. That slick surface that both glazed tile and Yupo have is a challenge to paint on but it's fun to be challenged, right?

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  7. Dear Nancy - just so gorgeous...love it. Hope you have a lovely day.

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  8. This looks beautiful!!! It must have been a challenge to work on those slick tiles. I hope you will show it to us again after you have mounted it and done the grout.

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    1. Thank you Joan. I probably won't grout it right away but will share a new pic when I do.

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