Small, Medium, and Large Tiles
The comercial ceramic tiles make the canvas for the Chinese calligraphy. The calligraphy process involves several steps and takes about 4 days to complete. Each tile is conditioned first so that the paint will adhere to the slick surface. After the character is hand painted on, the tile is brushed with layers of glaze sealant to protect the paint. A sheet of padding, such as cork or foam, is applied to the back of the tile so that it may be used as a trivet. Alternately, small hanger may be adhere to the back of small tiles for hanging. Because of the added backing, oven baking or machine washing of the tile piece is not recommended. The tile may also be displayed standing up on a plate easel.
The black paint stands out attractively against the white tile background. Other combinations, such as red or gold paint on black tile, are also very appealing. Different tile sizes are available, with the common sizes being 4"x4", 6"x6", and 8"x8".
the characters on these web pages or select your own favorite word or
words to be translated. Place an order now for your very own pieces for
your home or gift giving.
These beautiful champion koi are featured on 6"x8" tiles, but can also be painted on tiles of other sizes. The back of the tile is covered with a foam sheet. Optionally, the tile can be mounted on a wood plaque for a dramatic look and for wall hanging.
Place a custom order to have your own favorite koi painted as a keepsake -- just provide a photo.
The rectangular panel consists of up to four tiles arranged vertically on a rectangular piece of wood plaque. The multi-character design allows for the display of Chinese terms and poetic phrases. The wood plaque has rounded edges along the front face. It is primed, painted with a background color, then crackled with a contrasting top color. The entire surface is then sealed with a clear lacquer to protect the finish. The individual tiles are prepared as described above and then are attached to the plaque in one of two patterns: square or diamond. For the square 4-tile arrangement, the plaque measures approximately 6"x20", and for the diamond 4-tile arrangement, 8"x26". The smaller version is well suited for a subtle statement or a limited space. A sawtooth hanger is added to the back of the plaque for ready hanging.
The paint of the plaque may be a plain color or crackled colors. Some of the beautiful crackled finishes that are most attractive along with the characters are composed of black, red, gold, silver, grey or white in varying combinations. It is fun to paint and watch the colors interact. There is surely a color or set of colors that will fit your color scheme.
Choose among the characters and phrases you find on this website or come up with your own favorite word or words, then contact Cecilia to order your very own tiles for your home or gifts.