Wednesday 22 July 2020

Create what you love from Spring through to Summer..

Hello everyone, 

Way back in April on a mission to make a dent 
in a stock pile of MDF and a plan to replicate  
something i'd tried 30 years ago I created this.
The first of three faux ceramic tiles..

triple embossed with clear embossing powder I really 
loved how the powder sank into the design when heated.

At collage we'd draw our designs on clay tiles 
tracing their outline with a process called tube lining.. 

I can still feel the frustration of making mistakes 
and having to scrape off and start all over again. 

This daisy stamp by Tracy Evans is a stunning design 
the perfect image to stamp and retrace with a liner pen, 

The opacity of gouache is ideal for painting out areas not required, 
with the ability to reactivate again with water when dry, a huge 
advantage for this tile that had lay unfinished since May.

Introducing a touch of stamping back into the open painted 
design and then like the first tile it's triple embossed. 
The high gloss really does bring it to life.

As Spring moved into Summer with a vision of uncut grass 
that lay carpeted with lawn daisy's my June tile came to be. 

Using the same process and paints with a subtle colourway, 
when embossed this final tile became my favourite of the three.

Which one is your favourite? 

I really enjoyed creating one tile each month and although 
I only intended to produce three, i'm not sure my 
faux ceramic tile journey is over just yet. 

It's much easier to create them this way than 30 years ago..

Creative wishes 
Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with:

Try it on Tuesday: Summertime
A Vintage Journey: Watercolour Wonders
Country View Challenges July: Do more of what makes you happy.


aussie aNNie said...

wow love this so much and I intend trying it, thanks for inspiration my friend. With the covid - 19 ripe again in australia one needs to be occupied to keep the brain busy. Had a covid test done yesterday, should be ok, just got the flu I think...not a nice test to have. xx

Valerie-Jael said...

A fabulous project, Tracey, I am impressed how good the tiles look. Well done! That#s a wonderful technique you used. Thanks so much for joining us at TIOT with this stunning display of tiles. Have a wonderful day, hugs, Valerie

Sarah Brennan said...

I love all three of the faux ceramic tiles Tracey. They are spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing the technique. I must have a go at this. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #?

Crafting Queen said...

Wow, these are stunning.

DVArtist said...

OMGosh Tracey these are stunning. I am so impressed that these came from a stamp. What a brilliant piece of art.

My name is Erika. said...

These are amazing Tracey! Love them. What a clever use of this stamp. I am very very impressed. Thanks for linking up to Try It on Tuesday! Hugs-Erika

craftytrog said...

Wow! These are stunning Tracey! Xx

crafty-stamper said...

WOW these are all stunning the white one is my fave too but love the background on the yellow one too.I don't know why they change things when working okay-I did manage with the new blogger but was in touch with a DT member on FB helping me through it at the same time lol
Carol x

Redanne said...

How could I possibly pick just one! They are all beautiful but if I was really pushed hard it would have to be the first one, I love the autumn tones but then the last one is so fresh looking. I do love Tracy's gorgeous daisy and you have really brought it to life with these beautiful faux ceramic tiles.

Still in lock down here, but with the mainly rainy days it is not too bad. I have several crafty projects on the go, so am keeping busy. Stay safe and well my friend. Hugs, Anne xx

Diane said...

Wow what fabulous flowers, background and colors.

Hugs Diane

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Tracey, the tiles are lovely. I do wish you wouldn't mention MDF I have enough guilt about it as it is without being reminded Lol! I have got to do something with it all. I was dead keen when I bought it and went well over the top at the time and though I used some the rest has stayed unused. Sorry to hear you'r mum's not been too good, my one is doing well at the moment and behaving herself. I think she still believes she's 25 not 92 and of course the Virus isn't helping as it's difficult for her to understand what it's like as she never goes out. Stay safe and lets hope we both mange to use up some of that stash. Hugs, Angela xXx

Sue said...

These are absolutely beautiful Tracey. There's a part of each of them that are my favourite, so that makes all of them my favourite! I have two huge boxes of MDF that I would love to make a dent in. The trouble is I've moved it out to the shed, so it may never see the light of day again lol. Take care and have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

Elkes Lebensglück said...

*wow*that are fabulous flowers!!! You are so creative!
Greetings Elke

Mac Mable said...

What a treat of a post Tracey....The faux tiles look unique and absolutely amazing. Now that looked like so much fun to recreate the technique from 30 years ago. Nope no favourites from me as I love all three of them!.....x

Ina G said...

Simply stunning and you have blown me away here with these beautiful tiles. Love all the different MM elements you used here. Such treasures pieces. Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Creative Artiste this month Tracey.

Dorthe said...

What a wonderful technique Tracey , I n ever saw it before, it is gorgeous results, and each so beautiful , but if I have to pick, the white one is my favorite. You always create such perfect works of art dear friend, and these are one more example of that .
Big weekend hugs to you , I hope you enjoy it . xoxo

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh My Tracey! What a fabulous blooms! Such clever technique that I hope to try one day! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, Chrisxx

Julia Aston said...

What beautiful big blooms on your wonderful tiles Tracey! Thanks for sharing your techniques on making them - I think I favor the mustard yellow one on the right - it just appeals to my eye (!?) thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journe this month! xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, these are stunning! How amazing to make faux ceramic tiles and the designs are amazing, the flowers looks so beautiful with the different colour palettes that you chose - I love them 😀. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey, Try it on Tuesday and Creative Artiste with such gorgeousness! Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

ionabunny said...

These are gorgeous. Love the blue and orange best. Such warm colours. hugz

Words and Pictures said...

These are so brilliant, Tracey - the dimensional flower petals are already fab, and then the clear embossing brings them a glossy shimmer which is magical. Looking forward to more faux ceramic tiles for sure! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison x

toni said...

Wow! These tiles are fabulous! I've a great interest in ceramics and I think you have really captured the look of glazed tube lining. I love the subtle backgrounds too. A great idea with fantastic results! Thank you for joining our challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Toni x

Suzanne C said...

I had to come see how you achieved such lovely depth on your petals! Awesome tutorial and gorgeous Faux Tiles!