Mosaic art is a fun and creative way to decorate around the home. Here are some tips and tricks for beginners.
Creating mosaics is fun and ideas for using your finished art pieces are endless. Mosaic can decorate tabletops, wall art, deck art, planters, and just about anything that will hold a few shards of glass and grout. You do not have to be an accomplished artist to create beautiful mosaics.
Easy projects for beginners include small tabletops and decorative plant pots. Stepping stones are another fun project.
You can find relatively inexpensive supplies at your local home improvement store.
For the mosaic ceramic shards, you have several options. For indoor-type projects, you can visit a discount store and purchase a few colored plates. Garage sales are another avenue for low-priced china. You can also use marbles and interesting buttons. Outdoor art or tables are subjected to the elements so you should select bathroom tiles in different shades. Tile shops often carry leftovers from larger jobs and may sell a few pieces at a reduced price.
If your finished product is to be a detailed design, you may want to visit a hobby center and look at the more expensive tesserae tiles. They are small squares of various colors and can be opaque or translucent. These would be better suited to picture frames and smaller projects that should not have sharp edges. Shop around on the Internet and compare prices.
Supply List (you won't need all of these for every project - it will depend on how you are creating the mosaic and where it will be placed)
and dust mask
Mosaic art is created in different ways. You will find which process is easiest for you by experimenting with the different methods.
If you are using plates or tiles, first place them in plastic grocery bags. Break up the objects with a hammer. You may have to hammer several times to get small enough pieces. Use thick gloves to handle the shards.
Allow the glue to set, usually a day or two, before adding grout.
Apply grout with a trowel. You can also use a rubber-gloved finger to squeeze the grout in between each tile space. Make sure to press the grout firmly into the spaces. Air pockets under the grout may eventually cause the tiles to come loose.
For the direct method, you can also create a sample layout with the tiles at the side of your base and transfer each piece as you add glue. This is not a precise method and you may end up with leftover pieces.
You will need extra
Sketch out your pattern in reverse on Kraft paper. Spray the face of the tiles with soluble glue and press onto the paper. Allow to dry. Line the form or box with plastic or coat with petroleum jelly.
The method we use and recommend:
Draw a pattern with bold outlines on a piece of paper.
Place the pattern face up on a flat work surface. Place a layer of wax paper or plastic wrap on top. Next, cut mesh or landscape netting to fit the project and lay this on top. Make sure you can still see the art underneath.
Cut and lay your tiles or shards on the netting, without using glue. Once all your tiles are in place you can begin the gluing process. Pick up each tile, dip it in glue and return it to its place on the mesh.
Let the glue set for a few hours. Flip the piece over and remove the wax paper or plastic wrap. Return to original position. You are now ready to embed the art onto the base with cement adhesive.
You probably have
several ideas already for a beautiful mosaic piece. Practice on a small
table or pot, first, and you will soon be ready to create mosaics as
gifts for family and friends.
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