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Tilano Fresco Tile Kit Tilano Fresco™ Tile Kit

I recently discovered a unique craft project that is perfect for making a personalized gift.

Tilano Fresco is an image transfer process you do at home to create your own decorative tiles. You can put personal photographs and images onto various surfaces giving them a quality fresco effect without ruining the original print.

Older kids may be able to produce these wonderful tiles on their own, however, parental supervision is advised. The process is not difficult but it is very important to follow all instructions, and, be patient. There are some warnings that should be read on the instruction sheet.

I have completed four tiles. All turned out amazingly well with very little difficulty. If you can frost a cake, plaster a wall or work with paper mache, this will be a snap for you.

The Process

Each Tilano Fresco kit comes with everything you need to make two tiles. You choose the images you want to put on them. You can add text or borders to customize. The first step in the process is to take your image to a copy center to be transferred onto the Tilano Photo Paper™. Be sure to bring the the instruction sheet so the copy person can follow instructions on how to do this. Before you go, be sure your image is the right size to fit on your tile. Detailed instructions come with the kit.

Step 1 Step 1
The first step in the process is to apply a layer of Crackle to the tile surface where you want cracks to appear. The wetter the crackle, the larger the cracks. You'll need to let this dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash your tools after using.

Step 2
Once your crackle is dry you then add a layer of Fresco Mud™ to entire surface of the tile as well as the sides. Use a light touch when spreading to get a smoother surface. This now has to dry for 8 hours. There are instructions on how to dry using a low heat in the oven. Either way works. Once dry again, you can smooth out with a damp cheese cloth.

Note: Read warning on instruction sheet about breathing dust and respiratory hazards.

After the tiles dry, if you are not happy with the cracks, you can spread an additional think layer of Fresco Mud™ until you get the look you want. Avoid having large cracks where there may be faces in your image. Step 2

Step 3
You can now antique your tile using the Tilano Antiquing Glaze™. Pour the glaze right on your tile and spread with foam brush. Immediately dab with the cheese cloth to remove brush strokes and to blend and give you the desired look. Don't forget to glaze the sides of tiles as well. To emphasize the cracks you can work the glaze into them.

Note: Read warning on instruction sheet about skin contact with glaze.

Step 4
The next step is to seal your image and the tile. Using the Tilano Medium™ lightly brush a think layer onto the colour laser copy of your image and on the tile. Do not use too much on photo, as this can cause ink to smear. Let both dry for two hours.

Step 5
Once your image is dry, visualize how you want it to look on the tile. You can remove excess paper around the image, either with scissors for a straight end, or tear the edges for a rough edge. Place the image on the dry tile to see how it will look. Once happy you are ready to transfer the image.

Step 6
Apply a generous layer of Tilano Medium™ on the tile surface, spreading with foam brush. Immediately place your image face down on the tile. Use the spreader provided to flatten the image. You need to be firm, but gentle, working from center outwards. Be sure you spread evenly over all areas of your image. Some Medium may ooze from sides. Avoid getting on your spreader. It's a good idea to wipe your spreader clean after each swipe. Allow to dry for 20 minutes.

Step 6

Step 7
Now comes the fun part, revealing your image. Using your clean, foam brush, apply water to the tile. You will soon see your image coming through. Once the paper becomes completely transparent you can use your fingers to life the paper off. If you have sections that are non-transparent, usually caused from getting Medium on the paper, you can gently rub the area with your finger. This will help the paper to become transparent. Once all of the paper is removed allow to dry for about 30 minutes.

Step 8
The final step is to seal your tile. Using a clean, foam brush, spread a thin even coat of Tilano Medium™ over entire tile surface and sides. Let dry for two hours.


The important thing to remember when doing this project is to follow the instructions carefully and to be patient. The kit offers two ways to dry your tiles during each step. If you have the time and patience you can air dry, they also offer a quicker, oven drying process. I used both and had equal results. Finished Tiles

The finished tiles make wonderful, personalized Wedding, Valentine, Christmas, Birthday and special occasion gifts. You are only limited by your own creativity and imagination.

I have completed four tiles and was very pleased with the results. You can use colour or black and white images. It's completely up to you.

You can learn more about Fresco Tile Kit on their web site along with printable instructions. There is also a step-by-step video demonstration on their web site available in a variety of formats. I highly recommend watching before you start your project. The site also offers creative ideas and a gallery.

You can find out where to purchase the kits using the Store Locator. Price will vary depending on where you live. Available in Canada and USA. You may also purchase online. There is also a contact page on the site where you can ask questions and a toll free number to get quick answers.

Tilano Fresco also has other kits available including Marble Tile Coasters, Glass Tile Kit, Ornamento Kit and a Transfer Kit.


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