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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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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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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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Portraiture – Picassiette Style

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

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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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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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broken dishes and other found objects for tesserae

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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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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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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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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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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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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