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“The world perceived through Art.”

A Brush with Life    Sheryl Bentley

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Tile murals and individual accent tiles may be used in

 any area that you would normally put tiles.

Suggested areas are:

• Kitchen and bathroom backsplashes

• Tub or shower surrounds

• Fireplace hearth

• Floor

• Countertops, tabletops, bar tops

• Pool area

• Patio

• Address plaques or as a wall hanging

How they are made

All tiles are hand painted by New Hampshire artist, Sheryl Chatterton, in her home studio.  There are

several methods and combinations of methods used to create the designs on the tile. The type of tile, where it is to be used, and the design concept are all factors when determining which method to use.

If ceramic, porcelain, or glass tiles are to be used, the painting is done with glazes and/or enamels. Several types of glazes are used including underglazes, glazes, and overglazes. The painting on the tile is then fired in a kiln making the design permanent. A kiln is similar to an oven but reaches much hotter temperatures. Most of the glazes used are fired at temperatures ranging from 1400˚F to 1850˚F.  These hot temperatures allow the ingredients of the glazes, including silica, to melt and become part of the tile’s surface. Often the designs are built up in multiple layers of glazes and fired between each layer.  It is not unusual for a tile to undergo three or more firings to achieve the desired appearance.

Bisque tiles (clay tiles without glaze), glass tiles, or commercially glazed tiles may be painted using the above process.  However, if a natural stone tile, such as travertine, is used, the process is different.  These tiles cannot endure the high temperatures needed to fire standard glazes.  A different type of paint is used in a similar heat process, and then several types and layers of clear top coats are applied to protect the design. This process is not recommended for high traffic areas such as floors, but is perfectly suitable for areas such as backsplashes.

If tiles are already installed, they can be painted on site with products chosen for specific applications.

Installation and care

Each tile mural comes with a numbered picture template and each tile is numbered on the back to help in the installation process. A Brush with Life does not install the tile mural and installation is not included in the cost of the mural.  Help finding a local contractor can be provided.  

Your mural will come with a care sheet.  Different types of tile require different care.  If properly maintained, your tiles can last a lifetime and be valued by generations to come.


There are many factors that will determine the cost of a tile mural. Things taken into consideration when  creating an estimate are the type of design and detail, glazes to be used, type of tile, and size. Ceramic Tile murals average  $175 - $220. per square foot.  The price  varies with the degree of detail involved and  the type of tile used.  Large murals will run less per square foot. Standard 41/4”  or 6” white commercial tile, travertine or bisque tile is included in the price.  However, if a different tile is needed, there may be added costs. Shipping and Handling of the mural is charged separately.

To get your free estimate click here.