Handmade Replica Spanish Tile Murals Wednesday, Mar 10 2010 

People ask about my replica tile murals found in the New Orleans French Quarter and how they are made. It is a long process. The originals are Spanish tiles given to the city of New Orleans in 1962. Some are falling apart. As the designs are public many artists take pictures of them and frame them for sale. I felt making a replica in ceramic tile was a neat idea. First I began by taking many pictures of several of the murals and bringing them to my studio where I could clean them up taking out pealed spots and blemishes. Using a photo software I fixed the colors and added my studio name at the bottom. The end result is a nice image I copyright as it took a lot of work to make those images and are not the originals but replicas. From there I have to properly size the image and cut it into small squares to fit on tiles. This is difficult and takes a lot of time to get the detail so it fits properly together. The smaller individual images are then fitted to special tiles that are made with a special risen and the images heat set at high temperature to make an individual tile. The several tiles then are fitted together to make a mural. On occasion I am also asked to personalize the design with a name or street address which follows the same process above. If you have a request e-mail it to info@figstreet.com and I may be able to make it for you.
Currently I have available Rue Chartres, Rue Borbon, Rue Orleans, and Place D”Arms. I can do the other street names using the same process but first would need to go fetch photographs of them to start the process.
Here is the link to the web page with the various ones available in several sizes- http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/4855160

All images sold and designed by Fig Street Studio are copyright and cannot be used, downloaded, or reproduced without permission. I mention this here as in the past someone took my fridge magnet images and re-made and sold them in violation of copyright laws.

If you need a special tile mural made for your kitchen or bath e-mail me for a price quote. I have some already made and can easily set them up for you to purchase on the web.

See link for murals on other gifts and shirts: http://www.zazzle.com/figstreetstudio/mural+gifts

Murals applied to many shirts and gifts

An elegant tile backsplash need not be expensive — Monday, Oct 5 2009 

An elegant tile backsplash need not be an expensive design element in your kitchen or bath. The homeowner can do it yourself easily by purchasing the art designed tiles offered by Fig Street Studio. Sold on the web for 9 years many families have purchased the tiles and applied them to the area behind the kitchen sink using supplies and additions found in all home stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. Each store also sells the necessary glue and grout to mount the tiles and fill in the spaces between them. Using the white tile borders sold at those supply stores also allows the home owner to frame the art tiles. The studio will also do commission work and make a tile backsplash for the homeowner to match the kitchen or bath decor.
Mounting Tiles on Wall- Using a common Type 1 ceramic tile adhesive, clean the wall first with a good cleaner and be sure the wall is sound, not peeling or falling off. The tiles are 4.5 inches and light enough not to sag. For stronger adhesion use a non sagging mortar. Can use TSP ‘Trisoduim Phosphate’ solution and clean the wall then rinse thoroughly.

Review the many style tiles sold at Fig Street Studio here- http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/397643




Magnolia Tree At City Park Wednesday, Mar 25 2009 

  Acrylic painting on paper of a Magnolia Tree at City Park in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina.  The tree was destroyed by the hurricane and is no longer there. This painting is an interpretation of the Van Gogh “Chestnut Tree in Bloom”. Van Gogh painted his tree in 1890, this interpretation was done in 2003 by JK Schwehm, New Orleans artist. The artist did several interpretations of Van Gogh’s paintings using local New Orleans places. The print is sold on the web and can be purchased on cards and postcards at http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio.
 Many more prints, framed, canvas, smaller sizes at Fig Street Art Studio sold on the web and in the French Quarter at Arius Tiles on St Peter St.

Art Sales Tumble Friday, Mar 6 2009 

Listening to MSNBC and CNBC yesterday a commentator said to cut back on unnecessary spending, save, as things will get worse. I noticed with all the talk the last few months art sales have tumbled to about 40% of what they were last year this time. I am sure things are bad as we read about GM going belly up but I never did sell big ticket items that ate gasoline like I like to eat ice cream, several gallons a minute. I always lived responsible and never owned a big SUV gas guzzler, yatch, swimming pool, or condo in Spain. Although the condo in Spain does sound like a good idea now. My retirement acount is also about half its value now, but I am sure GW will have no problems with his retirement now. It feels good to point out to my friends all those wars cost us our savings, not his.
To combat the falling art sales I have discounted deeply and hope people see that art does not cost much, does not burn gasoline, sits comfortably on a wall and causes us to relax. Something we can do as our elected officials move forward to correct the past mistakes. I am turning off MSNBC and CNBC to save electricity in my part of cutting back. Only news I am interested in is art history and painting something new.  How about a portrait of your puppy?

Fleur De Lis Tile Decorations Friday, Feb 6 2009 


 Fig Street Studio Fleur De Lis Tiles

Fig Street Studio Fleur De Lis Tiles




Our Fleur-De-Lis designs are available  for decorating  your home and patio areas. Used as backsplases in the kitchen or bath, decoration on the patio or front porch.  Fig Street Studio is the quality place   for many Fleur De Lis designs on tiles, gifts, hats, shirts and more.

  These ceramic tile designs have been designed for all the occasions  like Christmas decorations, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and more.  For all occasions these tile masterpieces  are unique in design and different in style. Other Fleu de Lis items include stickers, mouse pads, clocks, signs, posters, buttons, pillows, shirts, and more.

  Designed by a New Orleans artist these designs represent New Orleans, French Quarter best in art and decorations. Sold on the web world wide and used to decorate home, street addresses, front steps and more nicely designed aspect of your home. Make it look like the French Quarter with unique quality Fleur De Lis tiles by Fig Street Studio. Any of the art works at Fig Street Studio can be made into a ceramic tile mural that can be used as decoration or as a back splash in kitchen or bath see samples at http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/4982284

New Orleans Spanish Tile Replicas Thursday, Feb 28 2008 


Spanish Talavera tiles are hand painted clay tiles that originated in the area of Talavera de la Reina, Spain. They are soft clay moulded and hand colored with a Arabic-Andalusian influence found throughout Spain. Some Spanish Potters brought the style with them to Mexico. The street name murals in the French Quarter were given to New Orleans in 1962 and some, due to weather and wear and tear from vistors touching them are falling apart. Visitors love the murals and take photographs of them. Now there are replica tiles designed by a local artist of the Rue Borbon, Rue Orleans, and Place de Arms tile murals. Others can be made. You can substitude your name in the street name, just e-mail for details and costs.

  Many of these original ceramic tile murals are breaking apart and look like they will be gone in a few years. This duplicate  mural will be a part of the history of New Orleans and can be used as a display, wall hanging, table top, or tile back in a kitchen or bath. Decorate you home in French Quarter style with fleur de lis and street name tiles sold at Fig Street Art Studio.
The French Quarter tile murals comes in several sizes and prices. The smallest is a single 4.5 inch square ceramic tile that is heat set with the design. Other sizes go up to a 27 x14 inch mural composed of 18 sq heat set ceramic tiles. The mural needs to be assembled either glued or set to a backing. Not for floors, just walls or display. Get yours today and have a piece of New Orleans history in your home. Other tiles and sizes are available see the Fig Street Studio tile store on the web..

Follow this link for more details and to order http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/4855160