Decorating on Tiles
Natalie L. Herman - Decorative Artist

As seen on "Free for the Asking" (Life Network)
originally broadcast October 21, 1997


Materials used:

Standard glossy ceramic tiles 4" and 6" square available at home building centres such as "Home Depot". Tumbled marble tiles available at "Country Tiles". "M83", "Fresh Start", "Stays Clear" available at your local Benjamin Moore dealer. Paint Design's "Decor Stamps" and "Stamp Paint" available through your local paint store. Folkart acrylic paint and stencils available through Michael's, White Rose or your local paint store. "Podgy" or "Podge-it" available at Michael's, White Rose or Lewiscraft. Wallpaper borders available through your local decorating centre or paint/wallpaper store.


For glossy ceramic tiles only, you must first clean with M83 to remove any surface grime and dust. Then, you must apply a super-adherant latex undercoat such as "Fresh Start" to your tile using a high-density foam roller.

Painting over a patterned or colored tile:

First, follow 'Preparation' steps. Next, using a high-density foam roller, apply an epoxy-reinforced enamel paint, such as Flecto's varathane "colors in plastic" or any of the melamine paints available. Allow to dry overnight and to cure to their maximum hardness (up to two weeks) before installing. If the tiles are already installed, then roll on the Fresh Start and Melamine paint right over the entire surface, including the grout.

Hand-painting a ceramic tile:

First, follow 'Preparation' steps. Assemble your acrylic paint colors or, if you wish, you can use left-over latex paints. Choose a simple design such as a fruit, vegetable or flower and begin painting. If you are unsure of your freehand ability, then first pencil in the design directly onto the tile. You can also trace a design from a calendar or magazine and then transfer it to the tile using graphite paper or by rubbing the back of your design with a pencil.

These tiles look best when utilized as "accent" tiles. When design is completed, protect your tile with three coats of an acrylic urethane, such as "Stays Clear".

Hand-painting a tumbled marble tile:

See Hand-painting a ceramic tile, except you do not need to follow the 'Preparation' steps. Also, when your design is completed, protect your tile with a flat or matte acrylic urethane, thus retaining the unpolished, natural look of tumbled marble.


Find a wallpaper border or wrapping paper which contains images to cut out for your tiles. Next, spread with a brush a thin coat of Podgy to the back of your cut-out and apply to your tile. Smooth down your image with a sponge or clean foam roller to remove wrinkles and air bubbles.

Next, to seal and protect your tile, apply three coats of an acrylic urethane, such as "Stays Clear" over the entire tile surface.


First, follow 'Preparation' steps. Next, pour Paint Design's "Stamp paint" or latex paint into a small paint tray. Using a low-density foam roller, apply paint to stamp mount by rolling over surface of stamp. Center stamp over tile and apply pressure to tile by rocking stamp mount from top to bottom.

Protect tile with three coats of an acrylic urethane, such as "Stay's Clear".

Stenciling on tile:

First, follow 'Preparation' steps. Next, affix your stencil onto the tile with low-tack masking tape or by spraying a re-positionable adhesive onto the back of stencil.

Stencil with acrylic or latex paint using either a high-density foam roller or stencil brush.

Protect the tile with three coats of an acrylic urethane, such as "Stay's Clear".

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