Types of Ceramic Tile Art that Do Not Last in a High-Humidity Environment Types of Ceramic Tile Art that Do Not Last in a High-Humidity Environment

Ceramic tile art can accent existing tile but can also be used as wind chimes or small display pieces. Ceramic tile art can be placed outside but is also great inside. Creating ceramic tile art doesn't have to be difficult. It is, in fact, pretty easy. All you need are ceramic tiles, paint and sealer along with stencils and several brushes. The process is quick, painless and easy, but there are some considerations to keep in mind. Creating certain types of ceramic tile art in areas that are high in humidity can result in disappointment. The article that follows will go over several types of products that are not suited for humid climates or environments.

Water-Based Paint

This is a fun kind of paint to use because it is simple, bright and completely non-toxic. This type of paint is also referred to as watercolor, which many of us used in childhood. There are many kinds of watercolors from the cheap to the expensive. Most consist of a block of pigment that becomes liquid once a little water is added to it. Ceramic tile art that is painted with watercolors looks great. This type of paint will never properly dry in a very humid area, however, because the moisture in the air will continually keep the watercolor from setting.

Satin Paint

Satin paint can create a beautifully rustic look on the ceramic tile art you are working on. It is somewhere between glossy and matte, but the chemicals used to achieve this medium sheen make it ill-suited to a humid atmosphere. Moisture is often added to satin paint, as is alcohol. Either of these additives makes it difficult to use if there is a lot of humidity in the air. You will find that the paint partially dries but the surface never really does. This means that you can easily wipe off and streak the ceramic tile art.

Prepared Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles you find in plumbing stores are often white and coated. This coating protects the tile from the elements. The surface is always glossy. The problem with this coating is that nothing really adheres to it properly to begin with. This is even more difficult in areas of high humidity. The glossy surface prevents the paint from drying and sticking to the surface. You are better off using plain tile for your artwork or, at the very least, sanding off the applied gloss. You can then create your ceramic tile art and afterward seal it to protect it from the humidity.

Water- and Alcohol-Based Sealers

When doing any type of ceramic tile art, it is always a good idea to seal it when you are finished. This sealing prevents the art from being damaged. Sealers that use water will not dry in high humidity, much as water-based paint will not. Alcohol can dry too quickly, causing the paint to rub off or smear.

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