Fragment of Egypt - 6"
square ceramic tile
For the purposes of this
demonstration, a 6 square tile purchased from a
home improvement store was used. Any type tile can be
used, however find a kind that has a matte finish rather
than a glossy finish. This will eliminate the need to
sand the surface of the tile to ensure proper adhesion of
the collage paste. Wash the tile with soap that removes
grease such as dish soap and rinse thoroughly. Allow to
I used different layers of
tissue paper to achieve a translucent effect. The best
way to get a translucent effect is to allow each layer to
dry fully between applications of paste. This will allow
more of the underlying layers to show through the top
applications. Use of heating guns may cause the layers to
dry more opaquely, which may be an effect you would
prefer. Tearing the tissue pieces allows the paste to
more effectively blend the edges of the layers. Use a
finger if you want to smooth the layer of wrinkles and
ensure a more transparent effect after it dries.
You can use any type of
thick, white crafting glue, including gel mediums or
decoupage paste. Using thin layers applied evenly worked
best for the effect that I wanted in this collage.
- Measure a 6
square piece of cheesecloth and beige colored
tissue paper. Stamp the tissue paper with a large
hieroglyphic stamp. Cover the cleaned tile with
an even layer of paste. Lay the cheesecloth over
the paste and smooth to remove wrinkles. Place an
even layer of paste over the surface of the
cheesecloth and over the edges if there are
threads from the cloth overlap the edges.
Immediately lay the tissue paper layer over the
pasted cheesecloth. Smooth with a finger and
apply a thin, even layer of paste. Allow to dry.
- Place an even layer of
paste over the surface and lay a 6 square
piece of orange tissue paper over the previous
layer. Allow to dry.
- Stamp an Egyptian art
collage stamp twice on yellow tissue paper. Stamp
an Egyptian cat on orange tissue paper. Tear the
stamped tissue paper into pieces that have
pleasing designs on them. Place an even layer of
paste over the previous layer and lay the tissue
paper pieces on the tile. Paste the entire layer
and lay a 6 square piece of yellow tissue
paper over the top. Smooth with your hand and lay
another layer of paste on top of the yellow
sheet. Paste the Egyptian cat on top of this
layer. Allow to dry.
- Take a piece of the
stamped yellow tissue paper and lay over the
Egyptian cat. Paste over the image and allow to
partially dry. Using your thumb or finger, start
to gently rub the yellow tissue paper away from
the cat image giving more detail to the cat
image. Cover the tile with another layer of paste
and cover with a 6 square of orange tissue
paper. Allow to dry.
- Using copyright-free
clip art, paste the images to the bottom of the
tile. Apply paste over the images to make sure
all edges have been glued. When dry, apply gold
leaf adhesive and allow to dry until it is tacky.
Place pieces of gold leaf around the areas where
there is glue and use a brush to press the foil
into the glue and to brush away the excess. Take
a sponge sander or piece of fine grit sandpaper
to burnish the foil. This gives a crackled and
antique finish to the foil. Take a piece of black
netting and round flat round buttons or Asian
coins with a square cut-out in the center and
thread the netting through the hole at each end
of the netting. Knot each end. Attach with epoxy
or other adhesive for metal and glue the
embellishment to diagonal corners. Rub gold
metallic compound to finish to the edges of the
tile. Use epoxy to glue a wall hanger to the
back, or display in a table easel.