|My kitchen table and work station!|
I had already purchased some marbleized paper for my floor, so I was able to skip Giac's step of making them from scratch. This was sheer laziness on my part because I used to be one of those people who 'faux-finished' every and I mean every surface I could get my sea-sponge on! For real. Ugh!
Guess that's why I opted to buy the papers --because I couldn't bring myself to go down the faux path again!
But I digress.
Anyway, then I carefully measured out and used a sharp blade to cut out all the individual tiles. Mine are one inch square. This is probably the most difficult part. Because no matter how hard you try, no matter how anal-retentive you are, your tiles are not going to all be the exact, same size. (And if yours are, I hate you)!
Next, I started gluing down the tiles. Start in the center of the room as you would in 'real life' and work your way towards the outer perimeter.
|Find the center of your room by using a straight-edge from corner-to-corner and draw an X in the middle. There's your 'starting point.' This technique works as well on ceilings to mark chandelier placement.|
The advantage to using the marbled papers as opposed to tiles cut from the thicker illustration board, as Giac did so brilliantly in his Victorian, is that you can cheat a little and overlap the tiles a little if you need to. Of course that also means I won't be able to 'grout' the tiles as he did.
|This marbled paper has a shiny finish to simulate the real thing.|
|Instead of trimming the marbled paper tiles across the front of the room, I folded them over the edge of the illustration board and glued them to the underside.|