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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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mosaic of a water lily with a detailed edge

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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e mosaic backer materials - fiberglass mesh, skeewbacker, and wood

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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hands holding wheeled nippers and nippinglass to demonstrate proper technique for cutting tesserae

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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assortment of vitreous tiles in bright colors

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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mosaic being designed in photoshop

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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mosaic of leaves in a breaze

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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