Creating mosaics is a pastime that goes back centuries to when the ancient greek and romans used the artform as a means of decoration. But today, modern mosaics is thriving and so many options exist, from different tile sizes, to different techniques. The end result, is always the same, a beautiful piece of artwork that can be applied to many different types of surfaces and in many kinds of environments.
We believe that mosaics can be enjoyed by all ages (3+), and that it should be fun and relaxing.
Mosaics for Beginners
The first step, choose your desired mosaic pattern or favorite digital photograph, literally hundreds of color combinations can be created. Use our FREE service, submit a digital photograph. This allows for endless idea opportunities.
- The dimensions of the final mosaic artwork are important as the completed piece may need to fit into a specified frame or area. It’s important to note the kind of surface you are working with, is it curved, bumpy or irregular? These decisions will impact your chosen materials later on.
- Next, select your materials, do you wish to use glass or ceramic mosaic products? There are benefits and drawbacks to most materials, so choose one that suits your project best. Ceramic tiles, if high quality, will outlast most other mosaic products. Glass can be difficult to work with due to sharp edges and is often unsafe for children. Glass can also have irregular shapes and sizes.
- Lay your mosaic tiles into concrete directly or adhere them to flexible mosaic nylon netting. If you are working with an uneven surface such as a pillar, you will want to use the mosaic nylon netting, this allows you to wrap the tiles are the pillar.
- If you are planning on framing your mosaic and hanging it indoors, you will definitely be using mosaic nylon netting as your backing surface. Other solutions would end up being too heavy for wall hanging purposes.
- If your mosaic artwork is intended for a water feature or outdoor display then you may still use the nylon backing, and simply place each panel directly onto your concrete base.
- I find working with the nylon mesh to be much faster as you end up with uniform sized panels which can be easily stored, stacked, numbered and then used on the surface when required.
- The final step would be to apply some grout and wipe the surface clean. Always choose grout which is suitable for the overall look of the finished project. Grout can be one of the most important finishing touches, if done properly, it will make your mosaic image stand out and look fantastic.
So there you have a general overview of mosaics for beginners. I hope this information helps with your next project, remember we also stock the latest high quality mosaic products.
JH Mosaics – Mosaics for Beginners
We have all the information you ever needed to know about creating your own mosaic tile masterpiece. Below is very simple and easy to follow information on learning how to mosaic. As mentioned in several places on our website, you are able to create your own mosaic pictures by sending us an image. The following steps outline the very simple process of getting started.
- Decide on your mosaic pattern and purchase materials, use our FREE service and supply us with an image. We will then send back several images in order to give you an idea of what your final artwork will look like when its transformed into mosaics. The images sent to you will be high resolution, you will be able to see each tile. You can adjust the colour to your liking, just let us know what you want to change.The final artwork can be any dimension of your choosing.
- We use a paint by numbers system, simply match the colour code on your chart and place the mosaic tile in the correct position. Understanding the charts is key to creating your first mosaic panel, once you get used to the colour codes it will become a breeze.
- At this stage you have your artwork selected, you have your excel file and you have all of the tiles, glue, netting and tile trays to start work. Assemble your panels. From the image above you can see we have highlighted the panels. A number of these panels are produced in order to come up with the final artwork. Some panels may not be exactly 30cm x 30cm, such as at the edges or bottom of the artwork.
- Display your mosaic. You may be creating an indoor pool mosaic such as the one pictured below or you may simply want to frame your piece. Whatever you decide we are sure you will enjoy the art of mosaics.