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Comment by DebraCreates Lynn Crabtree on June 20, 2013 at 4:43am

Are you modpodging paper over tile or ink over tile?

Comment by Billie Wells on June 20, 2013 at 4:39am

Thanks Debra,

I will try builders, too. I really like tile. I usually order the decorative tile but you got me to think about doing it myself so I googled it. And bought some tile from Lowe's and modpodge. I tried one last night and it costs me less than a dollar to do. And It was fun. I will still order some, but this looks like a fun way to make a tile that's unique.

Thanks for the ideas!

Comment by DebraCreates Lynn Crabtree on June 20, 2013 at 4:26am

Good Morning All,

Billie, keep me posted on all you find out. Thank you for elaborating. It may be something I want to do in the future as a lower cost alternative. Look at builders as well, especially those that are doing the parade of homes, they are always looking for the new and unique. 

I purchased my supplies last night. I couldn't find the same paint I used But found a similar product Hope it works well.

Hope every one has a wonderful day!

Comment by Billie Wells on June 19, 2013 at 8:14am

Hi Debra,

Thanks - there are places online that print photos on tile. I used one in town here - it's pretty easy. They do decorative tiles and also for backsplashes and kitchens, and all. I think I need to do a bunch of research to see where to get high quality at good prices. I would want to make sure they are great quality.

Hey, I went to a kitchen place and they want me bring in a sample board. I just need to make sure I have all my ducks in a row and do great research - how to make sure they are printed correctly and pricing! I contacted a great designer here who sent me to the stores. I am going to talk to some tile people so I produce them well. And pricing!

Comment by DebraCreates Lynn Crabtree on June 19, 2013 at 4:33am


I am so sorry, I thought I had posted a message to you. I am very interested In working with you. I am still learning my way around this site. I say that because I thought I had to 'friend' you to message you directly. The problem is it wont let message you now. I just wanted to let you know and to tell you how very much I appreciate the time you have already shared with me. I am so encouraged.

Billie, you did such a good job I couldn't tell that is wasn't a water color. I have a student that paints a lot like that. How on earth do you print on tiles?? How do you make them permanent? Here's another thought on those If you can get them permanent. Connect with builders, Cabinet companies, and interior designers, They are always looking for new and unusual.  Make samples and show them what you can do. Also if you can, print one image over multiple tiles and now you have a tile mural. The possibilities are limited by your imagination.

You Go Girl!!!



Comment by Jim Harris on June 18, 2013 at 3:55pm


I just saw your post of June 11.  I work mainly with wood. I do wood sculpture and relief carvings.  I've been experimenting with oils on ebay this year, but all of the shows I do are strictly with my wood. Here's a link to my site: http://jamesiharris.com and facebook; http://facebook.com/jiharrisfineart.

What type of wood work do you do?


Comment by Billie Wells on June 18, 2013 at 6:31am

Hey Debra,

The flowers I create are actually photographs - I take them and then in photoshop create them with filters bit by bit into a digital art. It's lots of fun for me. I thoroughly enjoy it. I have many. You got me to thinking.

Right now I have printed just a few decorative tiles and they have all sold except one. I emailed a decorator friend of mine who recommended going by tile shops to broach them about taking samples. I looked two over yesterday in our area, and asked one about bringing a sample. She said she would love to see them. But before I do, I am going to take time to research how best to produce them for putting in a kitchen or bathroom as I have only done decorative. And then research pricing. I am going to take this next week to do that so I don't make a big mistake but am moving forward. Then get them made - should take no more than 10 days and then take to shops. Hey, Bob Timberlake did tile.

I actually am jazzed about that - if anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them.

Comment by DebraCreates Lynn Crabtree on June 17, 2013 at 9:43am

Roy I have to get ready to go to meeting But I will do just that. I don't know if your are familiar with strength finder 2.0 but is a fascinating concept and my top three strengths are ideas, strategic thinking and activation. So as soon as I can I will check that out. 

till then, Shalom

Comment by Roy Simmons on June 17, 2013 at 9:34am

Lol! Thats ok Debra! My old brain is on permanent glitch!!

Regarding teaching, I have seen a couple of your pastel and oil examples and commented there, very good indeed. I am in the process of thinking through the next stages for paintmyphoto. One of the things I have tickling my old brain is how to be different from other art teaching sites (PMP is primarily for sharing reference photos at the moment). I think the current model of well known artists making DVD's through a company and charging high prices for them can be challenged. I know there are some online video sites which charge a monthly fee, but it is really the same format but taken online. I think there can be a new way to teach art. Also I think the secret sauce will be engagement. Running a successful art related social site now since 2010 has taught me a lot about what drives engagement. By this I mean that people get to know the leader of a group, or an expert in a particular technique and communicate with them. I was interested that you see giving feedback on peoples work as a skill. I agree completely, so take a look at PMP; see what is going on there now and, (this goes for any artists) help me brain storm how to leverage what we currently have for mutual benefit.

Comment by DebraCreates Lynn Crabtree on June 17, 2013 at 8:01am

Sorry Roy, you are not All, sometimes my brain glitches.


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