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Garden Art with Roof Tiles and more.

Updated on August 5, 2015

Hang a tile in the garden.

This is a beautiful way to feature your finished roof tile. It adds interest and helps guide the bouganvilla up around tile to frame it.

There are so many applications for this art form. It's easy to do!

This tile I used to cover a post. Guide bougainvillea around to frame the tile.
This tile I used to cover a post. Guide bougainvillea around to frame the tile. | Source

Roofing Tile

What is a roofing tile?

Roofing tile's come in a wide range of materials and preformed shapes. Each type of roofing tile is designed to create a pattern when tiling a roof. The 4 most common popular styles or patterns are clay and concrete roof tiles. They are concave and some are S shape so they can interlock. Concrete roof tile is beautiful as well as duable and safe. It's virtually maitntenience free. I like the single concave roof tile for creating roof tile art.

Some other types include:

  • Mission Tile.
  • French Tile.
  • Interlocking Shingle Tile.
  • Spanish Tile.
  • Vintage Tile.

Highly sought after antique Italian Terra Cotta tiles are beautiful but costly.

This is an example of an aged look to the roof.
This is an example of an aged look to the roof. | Source

Rare Old Terracotta painted roof tile.

A rare old terracotta roof tile by one of the most famous Renaissance portrait artists in Deruta, Alvaro Binaglia, whose best pieces are owned by the local Museum of Ceramics. Our collection of Italian artistic ceramics features many masterpieces by Alvaro, each of them painstakingly hand painted and hand glazed to achieve its precious antique patina. Created as decorative piece, this beautiful roof tile can also be used as a unique ornamental wall lamp.

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Terra Cotto - Italian:Baked Earth

As I was doing my research on roof tiles, I came across; Il Glicine Beautiful Hand Painted/Decopoupaged Antique Italian Roof Tile from Massa Marittima, Italy.

Marittima, Italy is of the province of Grosseto southern Tuscany, Italy. There are mineral springs, mines of iron,mercury,lignite and coper.

These tiles are around 215 years old.


Repurposing the tile.

About 7 years ago we put a new roof on our home. Of course after any construction job there are generally left over materials. Rightfully so, the contractors might run into a problem and they need to match the material.

We have a pile of about 20. I was dying to get rid of them but what to do? They are in perfectly good condition. To heavy to transport anywhere in my car. Being the artist that I am, I decided to make a piece of art. It was so easy and had just the right element of rustic I was looking for. Come to find out I'm not the first to discover this art form.

I recently made tiles with california missions on them for a class project. So I decided to use the same process on the roof tile. Decopauge!

If you Google Roof Tile Art, you will see all the amazing art you can make from a single roof tile.


Supplies you'll need.

  1. Roof tile.
  2. Print of your choice, printed on lightweight paper.
  3. Modge Podge.
  4. Decopauge.
  5. Krylon matte selant uva/uvb protectant.
  6. sponge brushes.
  7. Medium strike matches (to dreckle the edges of print)

My first garden art with a roof tile.

I Iove religious art icons. The old world feel of the picture matched the spanish tile. The medium I used is decoupage. Sealing it with a UVA/UVB spray. Lightly dusting it with corse glitter for texture.
I Iove religious art icons. The old world feel of the picture matched the spanish tile. The medium I used is decoupage. Sealing it with a UVA/UVB spray. Lightly dusting it with corse glitter for texture. | Source
Mixed media.
Mixed media. | Source
Printed canvas applied to roof tile.
Printed canvas applied to roof tile. | Source
Print of original artwork that I will be adding to my roof tile.
Print of original artwork that I will be adding to my roof tile. | Source
I made this one from my own art work.
I made this one from my own art work. | Source
Back side of roof tile. Lip where a metal holder can be attached. To hold a votive holder.
Back side of roof tile. Lip where a metal holder can be attached. To hold a votive holder. | Source

Tea light sconces

On the inside of a concave roof tile is a lip. Perfect for attaching a tea light holder and a tea light. As in the photo above. There are several ways to attach a candle or votive holder.

Poll

How would you use a decorated roof tile?

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Decopauge

Decopauge has been around for many years. It is the art of decorating an object by glueing colored paper cutout's onto in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on.

Each layer is sealed with varnishes until the stuck on appearance disappears and the result looks like a painting or inlay.

The traditional technique used up to 30-40 layers of varnish which were sanded to a polished finish. Today the process is much less time consuming. With products that are fast drying as well as quick and easy to use.

Now there are spray sealants to protect your piece, should you decide to put it outdoors, that will also protect it from the harmful ultraviolet ray's of the sun and prevent fading.


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    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Oh, wow, those are awesome and what a great idea! Roof tiles-- who'd have thought? Awesome hub.

    • oliversmum profile image

      oliversmum 2 years ago from australia

      Anita Levine Hi. What a wonderful idea. Love the photographs and what can be accomplished with roof tiles. Thank you for all this easy to follow information. :) :)