Have Small Tiles Without Buying Tiles ...
Create your own small tiles in the colour and pattern of your choice.
A long time ago when we built the house we had 2 and a half inch tiles scattered at random in the concrete floor. It was to take the boredom of one plain painted floor away and to create a few interesting spots here and there.
After we moved back to our house after being away for 8 years, we had to take out the tiles as they were scratched and did not look good at all.
The process of breaking them out of the concrete made it almost impossible to put new store bought tiles in there, so I had to make another plan. AND I wanted to try and make my own little tiles without using ceramic or concrete. There just had to be another way...
You get a wonderful product from DALA that you can use for almost anything. It is mainly used for texture in acrylic paintings, but it works wonderful for decoupage, sealing, etc. I'm sure there might be other products that work in the same way. I wanted to try Unicorn Spit, but it is not easily available here in South Africa.
I mixed the colour acrylic paint I wanted into DALA's GEL MEDIUM.
I stuck some masking tape around the sides of the whole...not to mess any of the blue gel medium on the rest of the floor.
The whole is then filled up and made as smooth as possible. Then you leave it to dry. Our climate is very humid so it takes about two days to dry out completely.
After it has dried you can do some more artwork on the tile with paint, but I've decided to leave it plain blue.
As it is an acrylic product, it is not hard wearing for the floor, so we sealed it with a good marine varnish.
This is what it looks like from a distance. As you can see the one on the far right still has to be done. This was really a cheap and easy ...and I won't forget to say - a FUN way of creating my own little tiles for the floor.
- Dala's Acrylic Gel Medium (Art shop)
- Acrylic paint in colour/s of choice (art shop)
- Masking tape (hardware store)