Alternative Art Surfaces: Stone Tiles, Travertine

(This tutorial was previously published in the book Alternative Art Surfaces: Mixed Media Techniques for Painting on More Than 35 Different Surfaces by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson, copyright 2014; republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com.)

Travertine tiles may be found in building supply stores. Travertine is a beautiful natural stone that is cut into different sizes to be used primarily in tile applications. I frequently use the back side of the tile because it has a more interesting texture with more nooks. I have painted on travertine with alcohol inks, acrylic paints, polymer mediums, glass beads and mica powders.

Travertine Final_600

Space Rocks
Sandra Duran Wilson
(Travertine tile with alcohol inks, micro beads and textures on clay-covered panel.)

Materials

  • alcohol ink
  • rubbing alcohol
  • travertine tile
  • felt tool for alcohol inks
  • polymer medium
  • paintbrush
  • glitter or glass beads
  • eye dropper

Travertine step 1

1. Apply alcohol ink directly onto the tile and then drop alcohol onto the surface to disperse the ink.

Travertine step 2

2.Put drops of alcohol ink onto a felt tool and dab onto the surface of the tile. Heat set the ink with a heat gun.

Travertine step 3

3. Pour polymer medium onto the tile and sprinkle glitter or glass beads onto the surface.

Travertine step 4

4. Work a few beads into the stone openings. Let dry.

(This tutorial was previously published in the book Alternative Art Surfaces: Mixed Media Techniques for Painting on More Than 35 Different Surfaces by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson, copyright 2014; republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com.)

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