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3 Ways to Turn Your Smart Phone into a Mosaic Tool

Our smart phones are always with us which can make them a great tool for creating mosaics. I've discovered 3 applications that ...

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Catch Lights- An Absolute Must !

Because it is the hardest part of the face to create, I always start with the eyes. If I don't get the eyes right, the rest won't be worth the effort, so that's why I always ...

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Using Shadows in Mosaics

Shadows are a very important part of replicating life and creating realism. If you are wanting to add this realism or a 3-D effect to your mosaics, you should ...

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5 Steps to Get The Details Right

When creating a mosaic, there are areas you will need to pay special attention to in order to get the right fit as well as the right shape. Here's a project...

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7 Tips for Passing on Your Mosaic Creativity

"Creativity is contagious, pass it on" – Albert Einstein. This is a wonderful quote that I hope everyone of us will embrace with our children and our grandchildren.

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Dionne Ible's Regal Goddess Series

This is the how and why a former UK legal secretary, Dionne Ible, created her mosaic series titled "Regal Goddess."

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Wedi Board and Cement Board Compared

Choosing the right substrate for your mosaic is critical to its longevity. A mosaic that may get wet should be on a moisture resistant or waterproof backer. Cement board has been around the longest and may thereby be best known, but ...

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The Beauty of Epiphanies

Robyn Abrams shared with me that one morning she "sat straight up in bed" when she got her "ah-ha" moment! How to make these fans is the beauty of the epiphany.

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Is Inspiration Eluding You? These 4 Tips can Help!

Inspiration can come in many forms – AND, it can be very elusive too! There are times when all of us lack inspiration on what to create with our mosaics. We can even feel like we don't want to ...

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How to Create a Mosaic Sculpture out of Glass Bottles

Ever wonder what to do with those empty glass bottles in your home? Well, Kathy Alpert has found a really creative answer. She recently exhibited her mosaic sculptures at the Piece-by-Piece Mosaic Exhibition here in Orlando and graciously told me ...

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Portraiture – Picassiette Style

Getting inspired, choosing materials and tools for picassiette style portraits. Gila Rayberg shares her techniques.

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Making a Mosaic Business Get Off the Ground

You've had a big drink of the "mosaic kool-aid." Now, you want to make art all day every day, and you want to get paid for it. In other words, you want this passion to fuel a business. How do you get it off the ground?

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Did You Know - Part 2

Tips and Tricks for making mosaics. This assortment is usable regardless of materials, size or skill levels...

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broken dishes and other found objects for tesserae

Did You Know - Part 1

Tips and Tricks for making mosaics. This assortment is usable regardless of materials, size or skill levels...

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Pricing Your Mosaic Art

There is no hard and fast rule, unfortunately. There are many variables that play into how you price your work, so I will talk about how to know what your minimum baseline is. It's a ...

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Is Your Workspace Inspiring or Depressing?

When you walk into your studio, bedroom, or wherever it is you have space to mosaic in, are you excited or are you overwhelmed with the mess? I think we can all agree that creating mosaics in...

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Grinder Bits - Which is right for my mosaic?

Grinder bits come in different grits. How do you know which grit will work best for you? Here's some good information about which bit you should use for your project.

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Inspiring Artist - Katie Green

Most inspiring is the way that Katie connects art and nature with her glass-on-glass pieces. It's like her mosaics draw in the environment they are placed in and make it a part of the mosaic. This article also includes ideas on how you might act on the inspiration you get.

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When is a Mosaic Kit the Best Option?

You can spend years learning where and what to buy for mosaic projects. I've done it. It is easier now with the very helpful mosaic groups on Facebook, but still not a piece of cake. So ...

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How to Solve 5 Frustrating Problems When Cleaning and Detailing Your Mosaics

Discouraged with the clean up you have to do after you've worked so hard to create your mosaic art? Here's some ideas that can help you cut ...

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What is Wedi Board and Why Use It?

Wedi Board is normally used in the construction industry as an underlayment for bathrooms, showers, floors, anywhere that needs waterproof material. However, mosaic artists have discovered that this material is perfect for...

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How to use Self-Adhesive Fiberglass Mesh

I was curious to see if it could replace the mesh I was using that did not have any adhesive at all to it and required me to adhere each piece to the mesh. This is my account of the experience and 3 easy steps for using it.

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4 Tips to Prevent Cleanup Challenges

All of us, at one time or another, experience the frustrations of cleaning your mosaic piece before you grout and then again after you grout. Sometimes it can be ...

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More Cool Tools for Mosaic Artists: Grinders

I have always loved working with glass so coming from a stained glass background has been an advantage in my mosaic art. I want to share with you a tool that I think is a "Must Have" for mosaic artists who need to achieve a smooth edge to their glass or tile. I'm talking about …

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Mosaics vs. Hurricanes

The project began in July. But in August, when only 8 feet of the mosaic tiles were set, Hurricane Charley, followed by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, struck Brevard County and delayed completion of the project for several weeks…

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How To Cut Stained Glass by Hand

Glass works so well in mosaics, but you need to know how to cut it so you get the right kind of results.   This article covers the basic glass cutting technique and a link to more advanced techniques.

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Mosaics for the Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Renown mosaic artist, Suzi Edwards, is our guest this month and shares with us her amazing mosaic project – how it came to be and how she overcame illness and hurricanes to complete it! Click to read the article.

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Mosaics – Is it Art or Function?

Mosaic water fountains, floors that have intricate mosaic designs and colors, kitchen backsplashes that serve not only as protection of the wall surface but add artistic appeal, as well as bathroom tubs and showers that are surrounded by intricate mosaic tiles, adding charm and uniqueness to their function.

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