Arting for 365 Day 250: For Someone’s Bold Kitchen

Paint on tiles

Paint on tiles

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Another day, another chance to paint on tiles. After deciding the grasshopper tiles I painted the other day would be fun as part of a backsplash, I began thinking more broadly on the subject. I envisioned filling all of the wall between the cabinets and counter with colorful tiles. It would be one of a kind – really cool and vibrant. Nothing realistic, just non-representational patterns and design mixed and matched.

Because I’m still getting used to my tile paints, I thought I’d start with a small batch and see how they turn out prior to jumping in on a big bunch. Using blues, teals and orange (sorry, no matter how much I edit, I cannot seem to show the orange as it is in real life) I came up with this bold design. It is wild and fun, but probably a wee bit too busy for our tiny space. A monochromatic design might work better for us. But for some bold personality, in some fabulous kitchen somewhere, these happy tiles would thrive.

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Arting for 365 Day 244: Grasshopper Tiles

Tile paint on tiles

Ceramic paint on tiles (which may be used as coasters)

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Awhile back I decided it would be fun to explore painting on ceramic surfaces. I figured I could pretty-up a mug or try my hand at creating some abstract patterns on a bowls. I picked up a small thing of black Liquitex Glossies paint, which is made for just such a thing, and got to work.

Day 244 Paint

After purchasing a high-end mug from the dollar store, I started in on the painting. I ended up with a mug covered in geometric design. The boyfriend loved it and quickly claimed it as his own. It was a fun project, but honestly, I did very little with the paint after that.

About a month ago, though, I broke the boyfriend’s new favorite mug and promised I would make another someday. I sneakily got it done to have as a Christmas gift. At the same time the boyfriend thought he would motivate me to make another by getting me a slew of colors for Christmas. Good stuff!

Yesterday, I took the paints and worked on creating a realistic, colorful grasshopper image. I wanted to see how well the paints blended. It turns out, not fabulously, but not terribly either. The paints seem to need a few layers in order to really be able to blend. They also dry quickly, which makes things a bit tricky. I had a lot of fun using them though and hope to try a few more approaches with the stuff.

Day 244 Scattered Coasters

Day 244 Grasshopper Detail