I am often asked questions from mosaic enthusiasts, both beginners and people that have been mosaicing for years. So for the next few weeks I am going to share the most commonly asked questions and provide you with as much information as I can. Much of the information is already located on our website, but I am going to attempt to bring it all together for you.
Q. Can you mosaic onto wood when making an outside mosaic?
Wood isn't a good choice for an outside mosaic, this is regardless of how you seal it or what adhesive you use. Wood moves with temperature changes and is subject to swelling when it comes into contact with moisture. Sealing will not prevent it from expanding or contracting with temperature changes.
Keep wood for indoor mosaics only and look into using the following substrates for your mosaic: compressed fibre cement sheeting, marmox, wedi board or a more expensive option Ayrelite (an aluminium honeycomb with a fibreglass skin).
Ayrelite is relatively expensive and not stock by any mosaic suppliers that I know of due to this. It is a building material, one manufacturer that I'm aware of is Ayers Lightweight Panel System. Here is a photo of the some Ayrelite products to give you an idea of what it is.
Q. I am a really bad drawer, how can I come up with a design?
Tracing an image is a good way to make up for a lack of drawing skills. As you are making a mosaic you don't need detail, an outline of the shape is really all that is required. Images from children's drawing books or stained glass patterns are a great source. To learn more about tracing an image, go to our 'How to Mosaic' topic entitled: How To Create Mosaic Designs Simply - Even If You Can't Draw!
To get the image to the size that you are after you can enlarge or reduce it with a photocopier.
If you are after more information on this topic, you can read more about the grid method of transferring your design here.
If you have a question that you would like answered, just leave us a comment and I'll do my best to answer it.
Mosaic Tabletop by Jackie Perry