What is it?
A mosaic is an image created from small pieces of coloured tile, glass and stones. Mosaics have been used to decorate ceilings, walls and floors for centuries and were very popular in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.
What do I need?
You need a construction board (such as a piece of MDF), safety glasses, tweezers, sponge, tile scorer, hammer, gloves, grout, grout sealer, tile adhesive and coloured tiles. If your mosaic will be used outdoors, ensure that your materials are weatherproof!
How do I make it?
First sketch out your design onto your construction board (there are some great designs on the Mosaic Mad website). Use your tile scorer and hammer to smash your tiles into smaller pieces (make sure you wear your safety goggles for this part) that you can work with. Then glue your pieces to your construction board using the tile adhesive and let it try fully. When your mosaic has dried, you can then grout it (don’t forget your gloves) and sponge off the excess. Allow the grout to dry and then apply the sealer and you’re done!
Why do you like it?
I’ve always been fascinated with Ancient Rome, especially the architecture and particularly mosaics. They’re so beautiful and whilst it can be quite a time consuming craft, the end result is worth it! When I finally have my own garden, my plan is to make my own mosaic stepping stones.
Are you a mosaic fan? What’s the biggest project you’ve worked on? Do you prefer using tiles or glass?