How to Make Art Transfer Tiles

Combine works of art into collages and adhere them to marble tiles for one-of-a-kind coasters.
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These altered-art tiles make a beautiful addition to backsplashes, countertops and tabletops and can be used as coasters.

Materials and Tools:

transfer paper for inkjet printers
marble tiles
Golden regular matte gel medium
clear matte water-based polyurethane (optional)
matte-finish spray sealant (optional)
canvas
computer
inkjet printer
rubbing alcohol in spray bottle
brayer or bone folder
oven
heat gun
dust mask
wax paper (optional)

Steps:

1. Create a collage on square stretched canvas. As the completed tiles will measure about 4 by 4 inches, the canvas must be capable of being reduced to that size before its transfer onto tile.

2. Reduce the completed collage to fit in a 4-by-4-inch area using a photo-imaging program on your computer.

3. Once the collage has been reduced, use a regular color printer to print the image onto the smooth cream side or the transfer paper for inkjet printers. Four mini-collages should easily fit on one 8½-by-11-inch piece. Don't reverse the images, and don't use too much ink, which could cause the image to bleed onto the transfer paper.

4. Heat-set the images onto the transfer paper with the heat gun, holding it at least 6 inches from the transfer paper for about 30 seconds.

5. Cut closely around the collaged square. Note: Any area that's currently white will dry clear.

6. Soak the cut-out collage image in slightly warm water for about 15 seconds. The collage should roll up in the water. Wait for the edges of the immersed image to begin to uncurl.

7. Saturate the marble tile with rubbing alcohol, and then carefully slide the backing sheet off and apply the collage image to the face of the marble tile.

8. Using a brayer or bone folder, carefully remove any air bubbles or wrinkles. Let dry completely.

9. If you plan to use the tiles as coasters, apply a coat of water-based polyurethane to the tiles in a well-ventilated area to make them heat-resistant. A matte spray varnish may be applied to the tiles after the polyurethane has dried. Wearing a dust mask and using a work surface protected with wax paper, apply the varnish in a sweeping motion from left to right and bottom to top.

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