Monday, May 25, 2009

Creating a Textured Tile

Happy Memorial Day!
"Evening at Home"
Prismacolor Colored Pencils on Watercolor paper
♥Beth S. Macre © 2009♥
I thought I would take some pictures of the process that I use to create my texture tiles. I really enjoy creating these tiles. If only I had more time and space to create them in. The drawing above is what I created for this tile. Last night I created this tile. It has to dry and be fired before I can add glaze it and fire it the last time. So I will post it when it is completely done.

First I roll out the clay into a slab and cut it to the size that I want. This one is 4" x 4". I also put a hole into it, so it can be hung on a nail, if wanted. The hole will get covered up on the front.

Then I cut the house out of a thin clay slab. I attach it to the blank tile, then add pieces of clay to create the ground, shrubs, and other details around the house. I start to add raised details, such as the roof edge, shutters, steps, doors, windows, etc.

I cut out little shutters, fencing, posts, steps, hearts. I always add a little heart to the home.

After I get most of the shapes attached, I start adding textures into the the tree leaves texture, ground textures, flowers, picket fence, windows, etc.

And finally the sky texture and cloud to cover the nail hole.

When it dries completely, I will fire it, then glaze it, the fire it again. It can take up to a week to dry. So it can't be rushed. I will post the results when it is finished! Thanks for your interest!

Don't you want to get your hands dirty now?


  1. It's so much fun to see your process!

  2. oh how wonderful....I am so envious...I always wanted my own kiln.....thanks for sharing your process....what a wonderful way to share your work...

    can't wait to see it all finished!!

  3. Another great tile Beth! I liked seeing it in the 'gray' phase. Love the 3D window shutters. :-) I look forward to seeing it glazed.

  4. Cool! Thanks for showing the steps..not the house's steps... but the steps you took in creating this!

  5. Thanks Sunny! I'm glad that you enjoy it.

    Hi Diana! Maybe you could find a shop or someone that has a kiln. I use the one I have in my classroom. But I would like to get a small one for home.

    Hi Teresa! Thanks. It looks a lot different in that gray phase, doesn't it?

    Hi Timbo! Thanks for stoppping by. Glad you enjoyed the 'steps'.

  6. Hi Beth. It's great to see your you make these gorgeous little houses. Looks like real fun. Thank you so much for sharing the process.

  7. Thank you Dors! and Your welcome.

  8. Love to see the process.I am also want to try this!!!


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