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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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New Things I Learned Using Self-Adhesive Mesh

As you can imagine, having students apply thinset on the back of their tiles was quite a messy problem. Lots and lots of thinset everywhere. Lots and lots of ...

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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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I'm Ready to Mosaic - Where Do I Begin?

I have a mosaic project I want to make but where do I start? Do I mosaic the sides first, start in the middle or do the border? What's the trick?

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Let's Cut a Cup In Half With Our Wet Saw!

Using a wet saw to cut a cup is easy – you just need to think and plan a little before you grab the cup and start cutting. Materials and techniques are here

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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 Direct Method + Mesh = Voila!

There are different types of methods you can use to lay your tesserae. My favorite, and probably the most common one, is the Direct Method. What this basically means is that you...

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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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Creating 3-D Mosaics – A Case Study

There are some unique techniques (hey that rhymes!) that go with a 3-D surface. This is a case study on how I created "Gone Fishin."

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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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How to Minimize Cleanup for Your Mosaic

Tired of all that cleanup? Sometimes it can be very challenging to get all the glue and cement off your tiles and make your mosaic art look really clean and finished. Here are a couple of tips that might help alleviate some of these problems and save you ...

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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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4 Tips for How to Conquer Gravity

Gravity can be a real headache when no matter how carefully you place your tesserae, they keep sliding down. Here's some ideas on how to manage it.

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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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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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Pique Assiette – Peek, what?

When china and ceramic pieces are broken into small, oddly shaped, highly decorated pieces, and then arranged in patterns with ...

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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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Pebbles, Rocks, Shells ... oh my!

Good friends of mine own property that has a beautiful rocky river flowing through it. While visiting there, I wrangled my girlfriend and our husbands to help collect rocks and pebbles. Not only was it fun, but ...

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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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How to Color Grout

Sometimes you need a certain color of grout that cannot be purchased at your local home improvement store. So what do you do? The answer is simple – color it yourself. Here's how.

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Grouting Cleanup - The Dry Technique

Grouting can be an intimidating process, but it also finishes and beautifies your mosaic when clean up is done properly. Some artists clean away the grout using wet sponges, but I have found that doing this just ...

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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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Gradients - How to Design Them for Mosaics

If you want to make a gradient that represents a blue sky or any other gradual change in colors, this is the how to for figuring out the mix of the colors and how the mix changes on each row of the gradient.

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How Much Adhesive Does it Take?

We had to learn about the quantities of adhesives that are needed for a mosaic. What we learned will help you plan your projects whether it is for ...

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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's It Hanging?

Do you think about how you will hang your mosaic before or after you begin your project? It seems trivial, but in fact, it is ...

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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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Getting Started In Mosaics – What to Expect

Part 7 of 7
After you have grouted your new mosaic, there are a few things to do. Like cleaning the mosaic and detailing it so that it can be sold, gifted or added to your own decor.

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Getting Started In Mosaics – What to Expect

Part 6 of 7
"Grout is your friend." My motto! Grout color is super important and is a common question people ask me with regard to their project. Your grout color should ...

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Getting Started In Mosaics – What to Expect

Part 5 of 7
Choosing a backer and the appropriate adhesive is very crucial to the success of your mosaic project. Being familiar with your choices in backers and adhesives will ...

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Getting Started In Mosaics – What to Expect

Part 4 of 7
There are different types of nippers that mosaic artists use. Tile nippers and wheeled nippers are probably the most common. Tile nippers work well with unglazed ceramic tiles. Wheeled nippers work well with ...

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Getting Started In Mosaics – What to Expect

Part 3 of 7
Tesserae and tools are the essentials for creating any mosaic art piece and there are so many choices that it can make "starting" difficult. In this post you will get ideas from a skilled mosaic art teacher that...

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Getting Started In Mosaics – What to Expect

Part 2 of 7
Creating a mosaic design is very different from other art forms, because we are working with solid materials trying to blend colors, create color gradients and flow, and this is...

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Getting Started In Mosaics – What to Expect

Part 1 of 7
Since you're reading this, my guess is you've been bitten by the mosaic "bug." Welcome to one of the most fulfilling and fun forms of art! Our numbers are growing every day! There are 7 things that are good for you to consider early on:

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Cutting Large Letters & Numbers

One piece letters and numbers - this article has 4 tips to help you make the kind of cuts with a wet saw that will produce letters and numbers in one piece. It also has a link to a video for more information.

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Keystoning – Why you need to know about it.

First off, what is keystoning? Keystoning is a cutting technique used on square tesserae which are to be laid along a curve, that eliminates the problem of ...

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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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