Title: Faux Tiles

Location: 

Painted on a stairwell inside a home. Pittsboro, NC

 
Dimensions:

[(3.33' * 0.5625') x 13 = 24.35'] + [(4.29' * 0.5625') = 2.41'] + [(8' * 0.5625') = 4.25'] = 31.26 sf

Inspiration

After walking down a flight of stairs at the Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip (December 2019), and looking back up to discover the #TheFutureIsColorful painted risers I was transfixed.  That staircase and another one ​at the same location inspired me. I knew I too, was going to paint stair risers and the perfect ones to start with were the ones leading up to my home studio. 

"faux tiles", acrylic marker & interior latex paint

Concept

 

The colorful patterns were influenced from years of travel to other countries where decorative patterns adorn architecture, pottery, art, fashion, furniture, and other items. 

In fact, my first attraction to talevera tile originated from a fascination with pottery I found in shops around Italy during trips there (1997 & 2001).  Other influences from those trips include mosaic tiles I saw in the ruins, particularly the ones in Pompeii.

Later travels to Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Greece expanded my adoration of the decorative patterns found on architecture, pottery, tiles, and the like in those countries.

Prior to coming up with the concept for this project I researched Italian, Greek, Moroccan, Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican Talavera, and some Islamic tile patterns.

I found the ornate lines and shapes in purples, greens, oranges, blues and yellows against a gleaming white background appealing and decided that aesthetic would work best in the hall with the walls painted yellows.  

Initially, I thought about hand-drawing Zentangle (a workshop I had taken in 2017) patterns for each individual square “tile” but a friend suggested I try stencils to make it easier. After creating an assortment of Zentangle, Zendala, Mandala, and border patterns to practice I realized she gave me sage advice and opted to heed it. 

The first stencils I tried were pre-cut versions purchased from Etsy to test out before purchasing more materials or equipment.  With those stencils I explored a couple different paints, selecting acrylic paint pens as my medium of choice for this project. 

Being my first project of this kind, studies on canvas gave me a better grasp of the tools and informed my color combination preferences.

 

Having completed the project, with a heightened understanding of using stencils to aid the process, I decided to invest in a craft cutting machine so that I can create my own unique patterns to use in future projects.