During Thanksgiving, my sister in law and I had the priveledge of attending a "Photo Tile Board" making class at our local scrapbook store. We had such a great time and the boards turned out so awesome, I decided to make a few for Christmas gifts.
A very dear friend of mine lost her mom not to long ago and I thought this would be the perfect gift for her. Since I didn't have any photos of her mom, I had to ask for them and let her know what I was doing ahead. However, it's been a wonderful project and while I was making her's, I made another one for my sister....
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THIS PROJECT:
1- PHOTO TILE BOARD
1 8 oz Box -EnviroTex Lite pour on High Gloss Finish (enough for two boards)
Paint of your choice to match photos
9- 4x4 photos of your choice (NOTE: must measure exactly or slightly smaller to ensure proper outcome)
3-High Quailty Sponge Brushes
1- small paint brush
2 large heavy duty drinking straws (the ones from sonic are perfect)
4 small dixie cups (used to prop under board while pouring mixture on boards)
piece of cardboard or a plastic trash bag to put under project while working on it
2 plastic cups
wooden popsickle stick (to use to stir acrylic mixture)
First, thing to do is paint the outter edges of your board. Choose a coordinating color to match your photos. This particular project that I am working on is a 12 x 12 board and it had 9- 4x4 squares. When choosing your photos make sure to cut them exactly 4 x 4. If they are a little smaller that is ok, but if they are larger, it will not work. The extra that hangs over will allow for air pockets to get under the photos and they will not adhere to the board and it will create a huge mess.
Next, take your sponge brush and with slightly firm pressure, begin running it lenght wise through the small cracks of the board to clear the acrylic mixture out of the cracks. (this is what will create the tile look when it is dry) As you get close to the end of each row, use the bruch to catch what falls and spread over the edges. You will have to do this process a few times until the mixture begins to set and does not fall into the cracks.
Once the above process is completed and the spaces between the photos are clear... then you have to start clearing all the bubbles away. With your straw begin blowing at an angle towards the edges to get ride of all the bubbles. (NOTE: Change straws frequently as siliva will build up in the straw and you DO NOT want it to get into the acrylic coat)! Ever so often after you get all the bubbles out, go back and check to see if any have appeared. Once the acrylic coat begins to set, place a fan on the board and put on low. Do not set it right on top. This will just help in aiding in the dry time. Let board set for 24-48 hours to assure that is totally dry.