I didn't think these would be popular, but it turns out they are. Some people asked if I'd mind doing a quick how to, so I thought I'd put it up and then post progress as the 'little project' finishes.
Someone managed to get hold of 50 tiles and asked if I could paint them for outdoor use. They are to be made into decorative notices of what's growing where… so I looked up various ways of painting on tiles, for outdoor use. Two fairly big things, so I found out. Some paints don't take to tile - I tried baking onto the tile, and although this did work (Peebeo paints) it literally took three days and the tiles were pretty transparent… so I trotted off to the hardware store and then to a hobby store, both telling me, it wasn't their area of specialisation so I needed to consult an 'expert'. Which I did, in a sense. I found a fantastic little video on the Bunnings site and so my tile painting days started.
What you'll need:
1. Tiles (or wooden surface for that matter)
2. Hard bristle brush found at any hardware store
3. Smaller acrylic brushes for painting on surface with acrylic paints
4. Usual cleaning aids - water for cleaning brushes, rag for cleaning brushes and wiping off excess paint and base coat primer
5. Base coat in my case Grip Lock Primer. Quick to use, quick to dry and comes in small tins
6. Acrylic paints (found at any art store)
7. Newspaper or wooden board to lay tiles on - for painting and drying
What you'll do:
1. Sand down tile if glossy - very light sand, just to allow the base coat to grip
2. Wipe tile and apply one thin layer of base coat primer, working in one direction across the tile
3. Once base coat primer is applied and dried, paint a second coat in the opposite direction
4. Once second coat primer is applied and dried, start painting with acrylics.
The intention here was to find a primer that works outdoors, won't affect the acrylics, or the soil in the veggie garden.
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