Porch ground floor
To brace the base
The existing bit of the entrance hall has some muddily glazed quarry tiles that I painted 4½+ years ago. I’d used whatever was left after scattering them around the Great Hall. I was obsessed at that time with trying to give them a bit of the treacle toffee colour or the greenish shade that the old tiles have, so these particular left over tiles look like old sweeties that have been in your coat pocket for too long.
The new porch ground floor runs on (or up to) the old tiles and I should make some effort to either contrast, perhaps with a stone slab look or to go for another tiled arrangement that tries to fit in. I was sure I didn’t have enough of the genuine article clay quarry tiles lying about, so it was always going to be cardboard or air-drying clay for the slabs or tiles.
Decision is for tiles and try to blend a very little with existing tiling if possible. Hopefully the tiling will provide a warmer look than stone slabs.
The patterns on the ‘quarry tiles’ are done in water crayons (you can use them either as crayons or as a source of paint effect) and then outlined with a standard pencil.
The tile colours are rubbed over pastels with surgical spirit added. As you can see you can get some really vibrant colours that way.
Far too vibrant I’ve decided and have now darkened the yellow ones and scratched a bit of a pattern in them and over-painted the blue with a pale green.
I don’t know if you can see in the photos a beveling look on the edge of the cardboard tiles. It is courtesy of Casey’s Minis, where she uses a crochet hook head run down between her movie tray cardboard stonework. This card I’ve used is not as thick or giving but it still produced some beveling visible to the naked eye.
From brown board to near quarry tile colouring
Next bracer is the small sitting room floor and then the ceiling, but first the downstairs needs some décor in and out and I think I’ve got just the things to hand.