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« on: August 24, 2013 05:20:26 PM »



We recently remodeled our kitchen and I have been coveting a cool backsplash. A while back, I took a few pottery classes and really enjoyed working with leaves, so I thought it would be cool to do some tiles with leaves from our garden to use in a back splash (you might be able to spot: sage, rosemary, parsley, Japanese maple, thyme, coleus, watermelon, tomato, cucumber, marigold, creeping jenny, and a few other leaves).

Here are all the tiles together:


Instead of glazing them (which would require another firing that I do not have the patience for), I finished them by rubbing them down with brown shoe polish paste to act sort of like a resist. Then I painted over them with a thin wash of ivory acrylic paint and then washed the paint off of the waxed surface.  I will seal them with a coat of satin finish poly before installation.

Here's what they'll look like with the background tiles:


Update (9/7/13): Grouted, caulked, and complete!
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013 05:40:38 PM »

That is absolutely beautiful AND brilliant!
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2013 07:16:41 PM »

Like them and such a great personal touch. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2013 07:58:33 PM »

What a wonderfully personal element to add to your kitchen.  They are just beautiful!
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    « Reply #4 on: August 25, 2013 03:51:30 AM »

    They are really beautiful; and will be a wonderful personal touch to your home. I'm a little jealous, to be honest!  Cheesy
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    « Reply #5 on: August 25, 2013 04:04:29 AM »

    Great job!
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    « Reply #6 on: August 25, 2013 11:31:43 AM »

    I love them!
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    « Reply #7 on: August 28, 2013 06:00:40 AM »

    beautiful. they work so well with the tiles you have chosen too Smiley
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    « Reply #8 on: August 29, 2013 05:00:35 AM »

    Love how customized your back splash will be. Your tiles are beautiful!
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    « Reply #9 on: September 05, 2013 07:31:31 AM »

    So beautiful! And congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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