product line - watermark
The Watermark collection of hand crafted porcelain tile is designed by artist Deborah Osburn and her son, Luca Osburn, also an artist and an avid surfer. Watermark tiles are an ombre-effect tile inspired by Japanese textile dyeing techniques. They begin with an unglazed porcelain tile, the color of paper, then dip, stroke, stain and wash with authentic indigo and gold verdigris pigments. Deborah Osburn takes all of this tile goodness and converts two tactile and mutually enriching materials (porcelain and pigment) into her latest series - Watermark.
Dreamy, meditative, and wildly dissimilar - please expect every one of the hand painted tiles from this series to invoke the unique individuality of its namesake - watermark.
what grout type, and color do you recommend?
clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout and a 1/4" grout joint with this collection.
Grout color selection is always up to our client and/or their design professional. However, clé is often asked for our opinion on best grout selections for our tiles. And due to the large array of grout colors that are now available, clé would like to offer this general guideline on a foolproof grout color selection for any of your clé tiles.
- First, have your professional tile contractor complete your tile installation, except for the grout portion.
- Next, when ready to grout, ask your contractor to bring ALL grout color charts from his preferred grout manufacturers, for your review.
- Lastly, choose a time of day when you are most pleased with the lighting in your space (either natural lighting, installed lighting or a blend of both). During that lighting and time of day, select the grout color that best matches your tile selection.
Note that the full Mapei Flexcolor CQ color catalogue contains 40 colors to choose from. Visit the Mapei website to view.
Any other tips for grouting?
We recommend carefully finger grouting to keep grout in the joints and off the surface of the decorative tiles.
You may find it easiest to employ this grouting method by using a grout bag for applying the grout into the joint and finalizing the grout finish with your finger or a soft, wet cloth.
what type of sealant should I use with my watermark tiles?
clé ONLY recommends the use of the clé top coat kit for sealing ALL applications of Watermark tiles.
IMPORTANT: Use of any other sealant may strip the hand painted decoration off the surface of the tile.
Please note that Watermark tiles come with a single coat of the top coat applied.
For applications in wet areas, specific waterproofing precautions need to be taken such as using a waterproof membrane under the tile and sealing the grout lines and the tile surface with an additional application of the top coat as the final step of installation.
how do I clean my watermark tiles?
As with any finely hand painted tile, clé warns against the use of any surface cleansers or scrubbing pads, especially during the installation process. Cleaning Watermark only requires the use of mild soap, water and soft cloths in most cases.
Watermark tiles are chemically sensitive. Do not use any cleaners that are not pH neutral. This includes vinegar, and Simple Green brand products. Always avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline cleaning products.
why do you suggest i order at least 15% more than my measurements?
Industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to tile cuts, potential breakage, or future repairs.
Rectangle - 4"x8"x3/8"
Disclaimer: Please note all dimensions are nominal and can vary plus or minus 1/4 inch.
interior wall, exterior wall, shower wall, steam shower, backsplash, kitchen, fireplace surround. Not suitable for floors.