Our Only Limitation Is
All of the murals on
the following pages
are available as either ceramic tile murals,
marble murals or house signs
plaques. Hand painted accent tiles are also
compliment your murals. All
are custom made, sized to your needs,
and fired. We
do not use
or sublimation to create our
murals. Use the
photo gallery for
murals are available to customers
throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.
The links to the left and at the bottom
each page will bring you to galleries of previous
ceramic tile murals and tumbled marble murals by Florida Artist Kathy B.
At KL Tile Murals I strive to create the highest
quality, unique works of art for each of my clients.
Using ceramic tile and
tumbled marble as my canvas, I work painstakingly with each client to
clarify their vision, capture it, and create a signature mural that reflects
and blends harmoniously with their environment.
About The Artist
My name is Kathy Carroll I am a native of Tom's River, New Jersey
and have been living in
South Florida since 1983. I have over 15 years of experience
creating custom hand-painted
ceramic tile murals, and have been painting for over
25 years. I paint in all genres but
the majority of my works are in tropical themes, nature, landscapes, seascapes, and
I began painting professionally in 1992 and and in 2002 I started marketing my
art work through
the internet as KL Tile Murals (my maiden name was Kathy Lempicki). Since that time
I have been
create hundreds of tile murals and tumbled marble murals for residential and
commercial clients throughout much of the United States in locations as far away
as Alaska, Hawaii,
and the Caribbean.
About The Murals
Ceramic tile murals are painted using one of several
methods. Each method having its
own "feel" as well as advantages and
disadvantages for the artist. There is not
necessarily a "better" way, it is
more the artist's preference. The following is the method I prefer.
The unfinished ceramic tiles or “bisque” starts out
as “slip” (liquefied clay) which is poured
into a plaster mold. The mold
absorbs the moisture from the slip, and the clay begins to
adhere to the
mold and take shape. After the desired thickness is achieved, the excess
poured out and the piece is allowed to set. The mold is opened
to reveal the next stage: “greenware”.
The greenware is cleaned to remove seams and small
blemishes. After sufficient drying time, the
greenware is placed in a
kiln and is fired at a temperature of 1830F to 1940F for 4 to 6 hours.
kiln is then allowed to naturally cool to room temperature; this may
take approximately another
12 hours. After cooling, the kiln is opened
and the bisque is removed. The bisque in now ready for painting.
I use a commercially made bisque for most projects to
ensure consistent quality and dimensional
accuracy, although I also
create house plaques and table tops of custom shapes, designs and
I prefer to use under-glaze paints, which is like painting with
liquefied clay. It takes
a considerable amount of practice and
experimentation to get the desired results, because unlike
of paints, under-glazes look vastly different before and after firing,
as my gecko
friend below illustrates. And I may use a combination of 4
or 5 different blues and whites when painting
After the mural is completely dry the tiles are
re-fired to bring out the full color of the under-glaze
mural is then glazed with a clear glaze and re-fired to seal and protect
These tile are now the same size and quality as commercial
tiles you would buy from a tile store.
Prior to firing each tile is
numbered and a schematic is provided so the installer will know the
The photos below illustrate the how firing brings out
the full color and luster of the under-glaze
paints. These photos show
my little "Deco Gecko" before & after firing. A very cool little dude!
Custom Murals on Ceramic Tile or Tumbled Marble
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Contact Information for KL Tile Murals & Kathy B. Carroll