Texture and depth are achieved by using different types and thicknesses of tesserae and are important design elements in mosaics. It can make a mosaic catch the light and sparkle, producing beautiful effects.
Working with uneven tesserae like millefiori, broken china and ceramic tiles can be tricky. Below we have outlined some methods for achieving a flat or relatively smooth mosaic surface.
Here is a simple technique at allows you to create a mosaic designs, even if you can't draw! If you can trace a picture, cut it out and draw an outline, you can create a mosaic design.
Flower are very popular in mosaics and easily incorporated into a design. In today's 'How to Mosaic' posting I'm outlining the basic cuts you'll need to master to create flowers and 9 different flower patterns.
Leaves are a motif which is used frequently within mosaic designs. They can range from being simple to highly complexed, naturalistic to highly decorative. The possibilities are limitless as colours can be chosen from anywhere is the spectrum. This blog posting looks at creating a number of different leaf or leave shapes from simple patterns.
Using glass as a base to create your mosaic allows you to experiment with the transmission of light, creating a new dimension to your mosaic. You are also only limited by your imagination as bases can include vases, bottles, jars and tables.
This 'How to Mosaic' looks that glass on glass mosaics, the types of materials you can use and what adhesive works best. There isn't a lot of information readily available on the internet, so while I'm not an expert in 'glass on glass' mosaics (and don't profuse to be) I will share my experiences with you.
This week's 'How to Mosaic' looks at how to add letters and numbers to your mosaic. Adding letters & numbers is a great way to personalise your mosaic, use them to add the name of your child, to commemorate a special event or simply to create your own house number.
There are two basic methods of mosaic work, the direct and indirect (or reverse) method. In choosing which method is appropriate for your project you need to assess the projects requirements and the advantages and disadvantages of both methods.
This mirror was made using mastic adhesive and no grout and its all about creating texture. Here's some information to get you started on creating your own mirror:
In this 'How to Mosaic' I'm looking at how you can prepare a surface to mosaic using plaster cloth. Plaster cloth is the same material that is used on broken limbs; it is simple to apply and hardens into a surface that is suitable to mosaic.
I came across a picture of a shovel that had been mosaiced and was so taken with it that I've made one for myself. What's great about this project is that you can customise it to fit the look and feel of your garden. You couldn't get a more authentic piece of garden art then a mosaic shovel (and maybe a pitch fork as well).
This 'How to Mosaic' follows on from our blog post 'Make Your Own Ceramic Leaves'. By looking at how to make ceramic flowers I'll also be covering how to make circle shapes and cutting concave curves. These flowers can also be combined with the ceramic leaves to make some gorgeous garden mosaics.
Mosaic tiles can be placed in different patterns to achieve different effects. Understanding the different patterns will allow you to decide on what which one will work best in your piece to achieve the look your after.
Mosaic created by Cooma TAFE and on display in Cooma, NSW.
Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to escape to the coast for a few days with my family, which was just wonderful (although a little too short!). We stayed at a little cottage right on the water and just hung out. The kids got to play at the beach, my husband got to fish (well tried to anyway) and I was able to enjoy some creative 'me time'...
Who doesn't like getting some insider information, a few tips to make the job easier? We all do! In today's 'How to Mosaic Newsletter' I've featured our Top 10 Mosaic Tips that will not only save you time and money but will also get you a better result.
So here they are.... Our Top 10 Mosaic Tips
Adding your own mosaic work to your garden is a great way of giving it personality & life, and what better way to do this than with some cute little creatures like this snail. It's a fun project that can be completed in a few days by all; you could even get some older children involved to share the fun!
This 'How To Mosaic' outlines some tips and resources to get you started designing your own mosaic.
Paper-Mache shapes make a great mosaic base, but need to be prepared correctly to ensure they maintain their integrity during mosaicing. In this 'How To Mosaic' we look how you can prepare a paper-mache torso to mosaic.
So what do you do with a gumboot that you've found on the side of the road? Mosaic it of course! As the saying goes, one person's trash is another person's treasure.
Mosaic Pots are a great way to decorate, both inside and outside your home. This project demonstrates, step by step the process of making a mosaic pot.
This post looks at how to use fibreglass to make a mosaic base. I've found a hat with a bit of character at a discount shop and I've covered it in fibreglass it to make it rigid enough to mosaic.
I often get asked how to make a mosaic stepping stone, so in today's 'How to Mosaic' I'm detailing the process involved.
We have had a few emails recently from people not happy with the grout colour they have chosen, wanting to know what to do to correct it. To help you do this, we have put together the 'Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Correct Grout Colour'.
Now its spring its time to start thinking about your garden again. Mosaic glazing balls make a beautiful addition to any garden or patio. Hang them from the roof or pile them up near to your garden pots, either way they are stunning.
Hands up if you love to mosaic but could take or leave grouting! If your hands in the air than you'll really enjoy this mosaic project. This photo frame project is not only has no grouting but is gorgeous too.
Have you ever tried working on a 3 dimensional surface, only to have the tiles & tesserae slip off or move around. This can be frustrating! To help you overcome this problem here are a few handy tips:
I'm often asked by customers what's the easiest way to create a mosaic in a hard to reach place and how do I use fibreglass mesh to create a mosaic? So here it is, the mosaic mesh method demonstrated.
I'm really excited to present this project as it is my absolute favourite to date! I've been planning it for over a year now, buying bits and pieces as I've come across them. I hope you enjoy reading how I've created it just as much as I've enjoyed making it!
Creating stunning patterns and boarders in mosaics can be easy using a ancient technique called Tessellation. A tessellated surface is a pattern created with shapes in which there are no gaps left. In mosaics, you can create a tessellated surface with irregular shapes that are fitted closely together.
One of the things I love about mosaics is that you can turn what is effectively junk into something that is quite beautiful. This is what I've done with this weeks project. An old ceramic bowl now has a new lease on life and one less item is destined for landfill.