Elisa Davis

The designs and paintings in this collection started about 10 years ago  after years of silkscreening.  I yearned to add more color and flair to my artwork than the limitations that silkscreening offered me.  So I ventured out with encouragement from friends & family to expand my offerings. Starting with oil pastels, and the abundant subject matter around Teton Valley, I began playing around with smearing the colors together and carving lines in the layers of oily crayon. Watercolor, and digital painting are also favorite mediums.

By searching new techniques in the digital world I found that I could print my work on tiles, which sounded unique and gratifying.  I taught myself the technique of sublimation which has taken lots of practice and experimenting  to get the results where they are now.

So I am happy to offer them to you…

How I Print My Art Tiles

  1. Tiles are selected with a certain criteria in mind.  Surface texture and color are chosen to enhance the artwork as the base tile color will show through the design once printed.
  2. Original artwork of oil pastel and other methods is scanned into the computer, sized, and cropped to the dimensions of each tile.
  3. The tiles are laid out onto a table and sprayed with a polymer sublimation coating. This is done in a heated, dust free room. They are then allowed to air dry for two days.
  4. While waiting for the tiles to dry, the artwork is printed through a computer onto paper using a printer that holds special heat sensitive inks.
  5. Once the tile coating is dry, the artwork is pressed onto the tile with a heat press heated to 450° degrees for a variety of time depending on thickness and diameter of the tile.
  6. Tile is cooled resulting in a sealed, durable art tile ready for framing, cork backing, or placement on a wall in your home.