Inspired by fellow blogger Strawberry Koi's lovely floral coasters and these awesome ones on Etsy, I decided to make some collage coasters based on the films of Sofia Coppola.
I really love kitschy fan art, so I wanted to illustrate a scene from each of the four films and mix my illustrations with decorative scrapbook paper.
Here's how you can make some of your own using this method...
You will need:
- Tiles (available at Home Depot)
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Scrapbook paper
- Drawing paper, pens, markers, whatever supplies you like to draw with.
Step 1. Cut a square of felt about 1/4" smaller than your tiles for each tile. Using the Mod Podge and foam brush, glue the felt to the underside of each tile. Let dry. This will keep them from scratching your table or each other when stacked.
Step 2. Brush the surface of each tile with Mod Podge. Apply your base layer, a square of scrapbook paper about 1/4" smaller than your tile. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles and smooth any wrinkles. Let dry.
Step 3. Draw your scenes and cut them out as desired. For "Lost in Translation" and "Somewhere," I used scrapbook paper as background and illustrated all the foreground. For "The Virgin Suicides," I used scrapbook paper just to frame a smaller square of illustration. For "Marie Antoinette," (my favorite, but also the one that took the most work), I used scrapbook paper for the background and for her dress (with details drawn on) and illustrated her hands and bust.
Step 4. Brush another layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper and all the way to the edges of the tile. Layer your illustration on top, pressing out any air bubbles and smoothing any wrinkles with your fingers as before. Let dry. Apply at least three more layers of Mod Podge on top, allowing to dry between coats. Don't worry, it doesn't take as long as it sounds like it does. ;-)