When starting a project it's important to estimate how many tiles or tesserae you will need to complete the project. It's very frustrating running out of materials, having to wait to finish your project or finding out that the colour of the batch has changed since you made the initial purchase.
This topic looks at transferring your image (photo, cartoon, drawing) or pattern onto your base. This method is known as 'Grid Drawing' and is extremely useful and well worth mastering. If your not confident with your drawing skills or wishing to enlarge a pattern than give this method a try!
Mosaics can be applied to practically any surface including bowling balls and styrofoam forms. This article looks at common mosaic bases, their pro's and con's and what adhesives can be used. Ultimately the choice of a mosaic base or substrate is determined by many factors, including the mosaic's intended use, location, type of project, cost and individual choice.
Metal beads are a wonderful mosaic material, adding texture and detail that is just not found in mosaic tiles. This project demonstrates how you can incorporate metal beads with more traditional mosaic glass tiles to create a stunning piece.
Picture Tiles are a fantastic way to incorporate special memories, words or designs into your projects. You can really let your creativity go wild these tiles. Other ideas include making your own glass pendants, magnets or special decorations to hang from the Christmas tree.
I have never been known to do anything in halves, take on a project and watch it grow. This is what's happened to our mushroom project. It started as a small project to demonstrate how to make a mosaic mushrooms, to making some for the front of our warehouse, to making a massive piece for our towns up coming Lake Light Sculptures Event on the Easter Long Weekend.
Sealing is an important step in the mosaic process as it waterproofs the piece, improves the sticking power of the adhesive and stain proofs the final piece.
The cutting of glass and ceramic tiles is a fundamental mosaic skill that, when mastered, will bring you one step closer to creating the mosaic design that you've envisaged. This 'How To' looks at tools for cutting tiles and techniques.
Ceramic leaves are a popular feature in mosaics which you can make yourself in any colour and size variation. In this 'How To Mosaic' I am showing you how (including how to add the vein detail to the leaf).
Creating mosaics on rocks is an extremely popular form of mosaic garden art.. You can create fantastic garden art using this technique which can include dragonflies, butterflies, frogs, geckos and snails just to name a few.
In this week's 'How to Mosaic' I'm looking at using Epoxy resin as an alternative to grout. Over the year's I've been asked about epoxy a number of times, so it's about time I address this.
If you love using an eclectic range of materials to create your mosaics then this project is for you. It's very easy to create and a great way to utitlise your leftover materials.
Included in this project are tips for using glass rods & chain ball.
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.