If you have gone through your history textbook at all, you have likely seen mosaic art, it being the most popular form of art form during the middle ages. But just because it’s from the middle ages doesn’t mean you can’t use the same technique today to create an amazing art piece.
Mosaics are actually one of the easier art pieces to make as the pieces can be removed if there is a mistake. The pieces can be as big or small as you want that way you can still get the detail you need so that you don’t have to see the ridges between the mosaic pieces. Although the ridges is what brings the unique texture and style that no other art form can match, so ultimately it is up to you. To get started, here are the materials you will need.
- Tile Cutter or hammer
- Tile Adhesive
You first need to plan a design, and you can even sketch it out with the use of a template if you need to. Now you need to decide whether you’re going to use broken tile panels or cut tile panels. Either one will bring out an amazing mural although using the tile cutter will mean your mosaic looks more like a painting as its lines will be neater. If you don’t have or aren’t handy with power tools you can buy pre-cut ceramic tiles online from places like eBay. However, if you want it to all be done by yourself, make sure to utilize the proper safety gear to cut or break the tile panels so that nothing gets broken and no one gets hurt.
Once all your panels are cut, you can start gluing them in places to start constructing your masterpiece. Don’t be discouraged when you can’t find a piece that perfectly matches, as the fun in mosaics is seeing the ridges between the spaces, as the texture created is neat to look at and feel. When all the adhesive on the pieces is dry, use the grout to fill in all the little gaps in your work. The grout should be even with the tiles so neither one stands out above the rest. You can run your hand across it to feel for any bumps or cracks. Now for the final step, applying the sealant. You want to apply this over the whole mosaic so that the mosaic not only shines but is resistant against weather like UV rays, humidity, etc…And there you have it, feel free to hang it up wherever you want to not only as an amazing art piece but a sense of accomplishment.