Picture Tiling Instructions:
Step 1. Select your picture.
Calendars, greeting cards on good quality paper work very well. Computer generated pictures should be printed on premium glossy photo paper for best results. If you choose a picture with a person's face on it, try to select a board that will position the face on one tile. (Splitting a face across two tiles visually elongates the face and is not very pleasing...)
Hint: Thicker prints and paper with a glossy appearance tend to work better as the resins that you will use to create the tiled appearance tend to soak into thin paper or absorbent paper.
Idea: If the print will not fit on any of the boards properly consider trimming the picture to fit on the center tile and paint the outer tiles in a complimenting color or cut scrap booking paper to fit the outer tiles.
Step 2. Select a tile board
Tile boards come in a variety of styles and cuts. Select a tile board that will accommodate the print size you have chosen. For instance, if you have a greeting card that is 6x8 you could use a 5x7 board and trim the card to fit the board.
Step 3: Remove any dust from the board
If there are any flaws around the edging of the board, lightlysandpaper. Clean board of all dust by using tack cloth, using a blow dryer to blow off dust, or dust with a clean lint-free cloth.
Turn the board over so the wrong side is facing up. Apply masking tape around the edges of the board--exactly even with the edge. This assists in removing dried resin drips and paint when the project is complete.
Step 5: Choose a paint color and paint the tile board
Using acrylic paints (available at any hobby or craft supply store) select a paint color that compliments your picture. As a rule the darkest color in the picture looks great.
Two paint brush sizes are helpful. A larger 1/2 to 3/4 inch flat brush to paint the open surfaces of the board; a smaller stiff brush to paint inside each groove of the tile board. Paint the edging area - top and sides. Also paint each tile of the board in at least 1/4 inch.
Step 6: Seal and cut your picture
For added protection, spray back and front of picture with a Clear Acrylic Sealer. Sealing the print is an optional step... if the print is on thick, high-quality paper it may not be necessary.
You are now ready to cut your picture to match each raised tile. If your picture is bigger than your board you will have to decide which portion of the picture to use.
For additional tips, watch our video on CUTTING YOUR PICTURE at:
Hint: You will have best results if you use a paper trimmer. Don't try to do this trimming with scissors unless you have very steady hands.
Hint: Push a pin through your picture to make you marks. It is more precise than a pencil and the marks "disappear" when you cut the print.
IMPORTANT: Be as precise as possible in making your cuts. For best results the print tiles should be EXACTLY the size of the tile board square. Be particularly careful not to cut the print so that a portion of it overlaps the "grout area". This will make cleaning out the grout very difficult when you are pouring the resin.
Step 7: Glue your picture in place
Glue each piece in place with a glue stick making sure all edges and corners are securely fastened.
Step 8: Cover Project with Mod Podge
To protect your picture it is a good idea to cover it with Mod Podge. This will prevent the EnviroTex Resin from soaking into the picture and ruining it. It doesn't hurt to put Mod Podge on the board and in the cracks either. You don't want EnviroTex to soak into the wood and them up into the picture. Wait for the Mod Podge to dry completely before moving on to the next step. If you are using a thin piece of paper, add another coat. Apply liberally.
Step 9: Prepare to pour the EnviroTex Resin
It is very important that the board is level when pouring the resin. Work in a place free from dust. Use a piece of wax paper over newspaper. Place tile board on plastic cups positioned on top of the wax paper. Mix the Enviro-Tex according to package instructions. Plastic cups and a craft stick (popsicle sticks) work well for mixing. Remember to stir vigorously for exactly two minutes. It really makes a difference.
How much resin should I mix?
Quantity of Resin and Hardener (equal parts)
5x7 (1 Tbls + 2 tsp) of each
7x8 (2 Tbls + 1 tsp) of each
8x10 (3 Tbls +1 tsp) of each
10x13 (5 Tbls) of each
11x13 (5 Tbls + 1 tsp) of each
11x14 (5 Tbls + 2 tsp) of each
For additional tips, watch our video on POURING AND ELIMINATING BUBBLES at:
You have plenty of time... so take your time. Pour the mixed product slowly over the entire surface of the board. Use a craft stick (popsicle stick) to gently spread only if needed. There will be bubbles... don't panic... they will begin to disappear. Your breath is your best bubble popper. Exhale slowly onto the board like you are trying to fog up a mirror. Use your craft stick to pop stubborn bubbles or to bring them to the surface. Again, you have about 30 minutes to work... so don’t panic. EnviroTex will begin to ooze off the surface of the board. Scoop up any that you might need to reapply to the tile board.
Creating the tiled look: At this point the resin will be evenly covering the board. After 10 to 15 minutes, use the corner of a folded piece of paper to drag through the grooves in the tile board. This will "knock out" the resin from the grooves. The resin will begin, immediately to ooze back into the grooves. Allow it to do so for a moment, then drag the corner of the paper through the grooves again. Continue dragging the paper through the grooves on the board until the resin begins to harden to the point that it is not flowing back into the grooves.
Step 11: Cover project... let it cure... peel off the tape...
When you are satisfied with your creation cover it with a box to keep dust from attaching to the wet picture. (If you planned on putting a frame on your picture, do it now. The resin will permanently "glue" the frame in place. Gently place the frame on your picture just before you cover the picture with a box.) It will take several hours to dry so avoid moving until set.
After the resin has cured according to the directions in the EnviroTex box (it depends upon the temperature) turn the board over and carefully remove the masking tape. This will remove the resin drips and the paint from the back of the board.