MAKING AN ALTERED ART TILE
Lazertran transfer paper for inkjet printers
Golden Regular Matte Gel Medium
water based polyurethane, clear matte
matte finish spray sealant
original art collage
rubbing alcohol in spray bottle
brayer or bone folder
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Dawn has revised her information Please see at the bottom .
1. Choose the image you would like to transfer onto tile. In this case I originally made my collage on canvas (4x4) and then scanned the canvas into my computer so that I could print the completed collage onto Lazertran for Inkjet.
2. Reduce the completed collage to fit in a 4" x 4" square area using a
photo-imaging program on your computer.
3. Once the collage has been reduced, using a color printer, print the image onto
the smooth/ creamy side of the Lazertran for inkjet printers. Four mini collages
should easily fit on one 8-1/2" x 11" piece of Lazertran (figure A). When using
Lazertran for Inkjet, do not reverse the images and do not use too much ink. Too
much ink may cause the image to bleed onto the transfer paper.
4. Heat set the images onto the transfer paper with the heat gun at least 6 inches
away from the transfer paper for about 30 seconds.
5. Cut closely around the collaged square. Tip: Any area that is currently white
will dry clear.
6. Soak the cut out collage image in slightly warm water for approximately 15
seconds. The collage should roll up in the water (figure B). Wait for the edges of
the immersed image to uncurl.
7. Saturate the marble tile with rubbing alcohol (Alternative: turpentine, however
turpentine must be used in a well ventilated area and disposed of properly after
use.)then, carefully slide the backing sheet off and apply the collage image to the
face of the marble tile (figure C).
8. Using a brayer, bone folder or your fingers, carefully remove any air bubbles or
wrinkles. Let dry completely (figure D).
9. To use the tiles as coasters, apply a coat of water-based polyurethane to the
tiles. Caution: Apply polyurethane in a well-ventilated area. Polycrylic sealant
produces a shine to the tiles. Note: A matte spray varnish may be applied to the
tiles after the polycrylic has dried. Tip: Apply the varnish over the polyurethane
layer in a sweeping motion from left to right and bottom to top. Wear a dust mask
and protect work surface with wax paper (figure E).
10. Note: Omit the polycrylic step if tiles to not need to be heat resistant.
11. These altered art transfer tiles make a beautiful addition to backsplashes,
countertops, and tabletops. Of course, if you mess one up, you can do what I do and
smash the tile into many pieces and begin to create your own mosaic piece!
6. I tore my ancient musical text from a piece of Italian Paper that I had. I printed my goddess and cupids onto acid free heavier weight photo paper and cut them out.
7. I wrinkled, unwrinkled, and tea-stained the Italian papers. Then I inked the edges here and there where it was torn to give it a truly ancient effect.
8. Using gel medium again, I glued down both the ancient text and the goddess/cupid images.
9. I finished the canvas using oil pastels, rubbing them in with my finger where I thought it would add to the piece.
Thank You to Dawn Beckert 10.05
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1. Begin by Gesso-ing your canvas. Allow to dry or speed up the drying process with your embossing gun.
2. Paint your canvas. I used Golden Heavy Bodied Acrylics. For my background I mixed Cobalt Turquoise with some Titan Buff. After that dried I blended in some watered down Yellow Ochre and did a light color wash over the entire canvas. Allow to dry completely.
3. I copied my column onto a piece of Lazertran for Inkjet printers. Since the canvas was 8 x 10 - I filled the entire piece of Lazertran with my column. Once the column printed, I heat set the image into the Lazertran with my heat gun.
4. I then cut my image out of the Lazertran, close to the edges of the column so as not to have excess when applied to my canvas.
5. I soaked the cut out column in luke warm water for 15-20 seconds, until the Lazertran released and uncurled.
I lightly coated the area where I would be placing the column with Golden Regular Gel Medium. Note: Even though Lazertran has a sticky back it does not create enough "stick" to stay adhered to canvas so an additional glue is needed, I prefer Golden. Then I carefully placed the transferred image onto my canvas. I began at the bottom of the canvas and then slowly pressed the Column up the canvas. I initially had a few bubbles in my Lazertran image so I removed and relaid a second time. (This usually works because the transfer paper is still somewhat damp. Tip: If the Lazertran starts to dry or dries too much and you try to move/reposition the Lazertran, your Lazertran image WILL TEAR. Please be careful.
Here are some modified directions with the supplies list necessary.
1.. Lazertran transfer paper for Inkjet printers. (available online at
2.. Bottocino marble tiles - or other porous tiles (available at Home Depot and Lowes)
3.. Golden Regular Matte Gel Medium (if necessary)
4.. Polycrylic Varnish (Baer)
5.. Krylon Matte finish spray sealant
6.. Original art collage, or your own image, scanned and then printed onto lazertran.
1.. Create a mixed media collage on square stretched canvas.
NOTE: you do not have to create a collage on canvas, you could simply use pictures or images that you already have saved into your computer. The completed tiles will measure 4x4 therefore, the canvas must be capable of
being reduced to 4x4 size prior to its transfer onto tile.
2.. On your computer, reduce the completed collage to fit in a 4x4 square
area using a photo-imaging program such as Microsoft Digital Image Pro or
3.. Once the collage has been reduced, using your regular inkjet color
printer, print the image onto the smooth creamy side of the Lazertran
transfer paper for Inkjet printers. (Four mini collages should easily fit
on one 8 ½ x 11" piece of Lazertran. (Do not reverse the images and do not
use too much ink as doing so may cause the image to bleed onto the transfer
Note: For Epson printers the manufacturer suggests using the "plain
paper" setting, then custom , then advanced and set the dpi to 1440.
Also, click off "High Speed". For HP printers, the manufacturer
suggests setting to "Draft".
4.. Allow the transfer paper to dry for at least 30 minutes so that the
ink will set into the paper. (Tip: It is also possible to speed this
process by waving a heat gun, at least 6" away from the transfer paper, over
the paper until dry).
5.. Cut closely around the collaged square, however do not worry if some
white appears, any area that is currently white will dry clear.
6.. Soak the cut out collage image into slightly warm water for
approximately 15 seconds or until the paper begins to uncurl. (Do not be alarmed if
the collage begins to roll up in the water, this is supposed to happen).
7.. Completely saturate the tile with alcohol or turpentine (NOTE: turpentine works better than
alcohol but should be used in a well ventilated area and should be disposed of properly, per the manufacturers instructions) and carefully slide the backing sheet off of the transferred image and apply the
image to the face of the marble tile.
Note: It is best to use marble or some other porous surface as the image will not become enmeshed in the tile
if you use ceramic, for instance. Tip: Should the edges of the image not
soak into the tile, I suggest using Golden Gel Medium as a glue. It will be
easiest to use you finger to apply it only where necessary. (with
turpentine, this should never be an issue as the image will imbed itself into the tile easily).
8. If the image has a lot of hills and valleys, remove the transfer paper image quickly and re-apply before the turpentine/alcohol has time to dry. If there are smallish bubbles on the face of your tile, don't worry about them. They will work themselves out during the drying process.
9. It is suggested that you allow the tiles to dry/cool overnight. However there is an alternative, place them in the over at the lowest possible setting, approximately 170 degrees F for 15 minutes and then, slowly increase the temperature in your oven by approximately 20-25 degrees every 15-20 minutes - do not allow the tiles to get too hot or to stay in the oven too long! This method simply speeds the process of drying.
The maximum temperature your oven should be increased to is approximately
250-350 degrees. However, once the tiles reach 250 degrees I suggest you
monitor their progress more closely. NOTE: I do not recommend doing this
(the oven method) if you are using the turpentine method! Turpentine IS HIGHLY FLAMMABLE!
10. Allow the tiles to cool (overnight if possible).
11. Should you wish to use the tiles as coasters, it is necessary to
apply a coat of polycrylic sealant (available at most home improvement
stores, e.g., Lowe's and Home Depot). Applying the Polycrylic sealant will
cause the tiles to become shiny. If you want a matte finish, after the polycrylic
has dried, apply Krylon Matte Spray varnish over the polycrylic layer.
12. It should be noted that, if it is not a prerequisite that your
completed tiles be heat resistant, you could skip the polycrylic step.
13. When completed, these tiles make a beautiful addition to
backsplashes, countertops, tabletops, etc.
Finally, if you need vintage images and ephemera, please check out our
website! We have tons of collage sheets and even an image CD and, we'll be
adding a many, many more between now and the holidays!