Hand-painted tiles like those found in villas in Tuscany lend a one-of-a-kind artistic touch to a room when functioning as a backsplash at a kitchen or as design components elsewhere in your home. With scenes that depict the glowing Italian countryside, repeated floral and vine patterns, ornate geometric shapes or easy renderings of this villa’s courtyard chickens, initial hand-painted Tuscan tiles may be beyond your budget.But making them yourself is not that pricey — and you do not have to be an artist to create hand-painted faux sandstone shingles you can be pleased with.

Pick the pictures, geometric patterns or flowery design that you need to create on your faux Tuscan tile. Print out the image in the pc, sized to the tile you want to paint.

Put the transfer graphite paper cluttered side down onto the tile. Put the image backup atop the transfer graphite paper and tape it in place. Insert tape to each edge to make sure the image and transfer paper cannot move on the tile.

Trace straight over the backup image through the transfer graphite paper onto the tile. When you’ve completed the tracing, carefully remove the image and transfer graphite paper.

Squeeze out the bits of shade you intend to use to your hand-painted tile onto the paper plate. Dip the artist’s paintbrush into a glass of water, and then dab the paintbrush into the desired paint colour.

Use the paint onto the tile after the original image design or make up your own colour scheme. Paint the entire tile and place it aside to dry for at least 24 hours.

Cover the tile with a mild coat of clear acrylic spray following the painted image is dry. Allow the acrylic coat dry for 24 to 48 hours before adding another coat. Allow the second coat dry for 24 to 72 hours before using the tile. This guarantees the clear acrylic coat thoroughly cures.