A mosaic is a pattern of irregularly shaped pieces all fitted together to cover a surface. Mosaics can make distinct pictures or shapes out of thousands of smaller pieces, but they don't have any discernible pattern. This fantastic form of artwork can be added to dull spaces, but on what surface can you add a […]
Adding a mosaic to your outdoor space can make a bland garden, patio, or pool into something extraordinary. Whether it's a piece of art you craft yourself or something you've purchased, the beautiful colors and patterns that go into mosaics are absolutely timeless! But how should you properly adhere to the pieces or the tiles? […]
One of the most common side effects of Mosaic obsession is the desire to create new pieces like DIY mosaic coasters. Do you keep looking at our mosaic art supplies? Are you getting inspired to try out new designs? Don’t worry. Hopefully, you were able to try out some DIY mosaic art projects after reading our recent blog on holiday activities, and you’re ready for a new one. Let’s get you started on some new DIY mosaic coasters! Mosaic Art is Entertaining! Image Source: Pinterest Mosaic coasters are like small pieces of art that light up your gatherings. What’s more appealing: A plain slab of cork, or a mosaic design that brings a little more joy to your festivities? Mosaic tile, and glass mosaic tile, are made for entertaining. They’re tough, they resist water, and they’re attractive. Combine that with a little creativity, and you’re all set for a fun DIY project. How to Make Mosaic Coasters? The process is simple. First, you need to select the design. Sometimes, you need to outline the design on the coaster base before adding the tiles. Then, cut the tiles into their respective shapes and glue them to the base of the coaster. Finally, once the glue is dry, all you need to do is grout the coaster then adding a marble sealer. Let’s discover the process in more details. 1. How to Select a Design Before you begin, let’s look at some ideas for your coasters. We’ve included examples that use different types of tiles and that are suitable for beginners. How about serving drinks on these mosaic medallion shapes? If you’ve ever appreciated glass mosaic wall art, you know how it’s beautiful in the light. These would be great in sunshine or illuminated by candles. Image Source: Pinterest 1.1. Relaxed Designs This style of coaster uses black grout and fairly large tile pieces to create their bright heart in a blue field. This is a great project for small hands – the tiles are easy to pick up and place. Image Source: Pinterest Here’s another set of coasters that combines terrific colors, simple shapes to work with, and a relaxed approach to tile placement. No stress – just a set of pretty coasters. Wouldn’t these go well with some multicolored patterned dishes? Image Source: Pinterest This is a style that’s great for leftovers from a previous mosaic art project. The individual pieces are all roughly rectangular and have been set up in horizontal lines. Image Source: Pinterest 1.2. Geometry 101 Adding a bit of structure to the design is another way to add little bits of art to your entertainment. These coasters can look like modern art, quilting blocks, or even remind you of Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Mid-Century Modern for your mugs? This pattern has all the colors of the time period, and would love to be paired with your Fiestaware collection at your next dinner party! Image Source: Pinterest We can’t decide if the greens in this set of mosaic tile coasters remind us more of the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz – or a Frank Lloyd Wright kitchen backsplash. Either way, they’re deeply satisfying. Image Source: Pinterest Need a little glitz at your next soiree? The use of gold glass mosaic tiles in this well-organized pattern gives them quite a sophisticated air. Image Source: Pinterest Charming as a handmade quilt, and cheerful as summery blue sky, this is a fun introduction to the art of tile placement. The space between the pieces provides a little more room to work with. Image Source: Pinterest 1.3. Just a Bit of Planning Required Some DIY mosaic coasters will need a small amount of preliminary planning, and probably a rough design worked out on paper. Even so, the following ideas shouldn’t require much trimming of tile pieces – just a desire to have fun. Radiating color bands and a small budding branch is a totally attainable goal for coaster art. Image Source: Pinterest Working with leftover wood scraps can make your design evolve organically. Broken tiles and square border pieces end up being a great set of coasters! Image Source: Pinterest These designs work with 4 coasters that are lovely on their own – and a surprise piece of larger mosaic art when placed together! Image Source: Pinterest Image Source: Pinterest Last, these round celestial-inspired coasters use glass and regular mosaic tile scraps for a heavenly result. These will be glorious additions to your home, even when not in use. Image Source: Pinterest Getting to Work on Your Mosaic Coasters Image Source: Pinterest Other than your mosaic tile pieces, you’ll want to have a selection of coaster bases on hand for your project. You can find blank ones online. Wood and cork-backed MDF boards are easy to work with. You’ll find both round and square shapes available for your use. Image Source: Pinterest Image Source: Pinterest Before using any wood, make sure it is sealed and dry. Mosaic tile is great around water spills and condensation – wood, not so much. Another option is to paint the wood in a complementary color, as done on this coaster. Image Source: Pinterest Do a test run without any adhesive to begin simple designs. For more elaborate art, you might want to trace the pattern out first on paper. Using an appropriate adhesive, apply the tiles to your coaster. Make sure that the glue is totally dry before the next (optional) step. If you don’t want to use grout, you may begin enjoying your new coasters as soon as the adhesive has set! If you do use grout, consider using a color other than white. Colored grouts can help make your coasters look very finished, and highlight the tiles better. After applying grout as directed on the packaging, be sure that it is as smooth and level as possible in relation to the surrounding tiles. You’ll want a stable surface for any beverages! Are you tempted by our latest DIY project? Which design would look the best in your home?
As you are getting ready to create your home masterpiece, you may be considering what kind of grout would be best to pull it all together. We have been researching and have found the best grout for mosaic arts in the décor. The best kind of grout for use with mosaics is sanded epoxy grout. […]
Mosaic tiles are wonderful materials for interior decorating
Sheltering at home has become the norm during the COVID 19 pandemic. While we’re all settling into new routines, it’s important to remember satisfying activities. Something that brings together our creativity and in turn creates art is great for mental health. We’ve been covering DIY mosaic art projects for a long time on our blog, and we thought we’d remind you of some of our favorites. They’re great for family or solo activities, providing hands-on enjoyment. So, instead of watching more Netflix or surfing the internet, try one of our ideas for a way to pass the time! We’ve highlighted some of the favorites from the past. 1. Tabletop Mosaic Image Source: Pinterest Warmer weather is coming, and tiled furniture is perfect for indoor-outdoor use. It’s ready to handle spilled drinks and water condensation – tough to beat! If you have a table that’s a good candidate for an update, try a DIY tabletop mosaic project. As the mosaic art you create will take a little time to dry between each step, you can take advantage of your extra free time, and create something you’re proud of. We’ve also covered some fantastic design inspiration for your mosaic art table tops. Depending on the shape of your table, style of your home, or available materials, there are infinite possibilities. If you feel like you’re all thumbs at sketching out your design, you might check out some of our custom mosaic options in our catalog. They can be sized to the proportions you need. 2. Mosaic Coasters Image Source: Pinterest Another summer staple: Coasters! We love the simplicity of this type of project. It’s suitable for all ages, and the end result can be enjoyed almost immediately. The supplies are easy to find, and since the dimensions are small, this isn’t an intimidating first-time custom mosaic piece. You can work with individual, pre-cut tiles, or make your own pieces from broken ceramics – just like Gaudí! Image Source: Pinterest DIY mosaic coasters just might be your favorite coronavirus quarantine project. In future years, you’ll be able to look back at this challenging time with a favorite beverage in hand. 3. Garden Accents Galore From flower pots to wall decor – mosaic art designs are perfect for your outdoor living areas. They’re weatherproof and the colors stay just as bright as the first day! Image Source: Mozaico We’re happy to get you started with ten ways to add mosaics to your backyard. If you’d like detailed instructions on how to make your own numbered address sign, this blog will help. Image Source: Pinterest Flowerpots are another really satisfying type of DIY mosaic. People of all skill levels and ages can participate in decorating planters. As you progress in skills, you can move from simple mosaic designs to more intricate work. It’s a great introduction to the basics of mosaic art. Image Source: Midwest Living 4. Home Renovation With DIY Mosaic Art Image Source: Pinterest Considering a change such as tiled countertops? We have a blog full of the best mosaic countertop ideas for your next project. As you can see, there are many ways to express your creativity by using recycled mosaic materials, or by installing a pre-made design. Image Source: Mozaico And remember: mosaic art increases the value of your home! 5. Boxes and Trays Image Source: Pinterest If you’ve enjoyed some of our previous project spotlights, you’ve probably thought about trying this type of mosaic art yourself. It’s another easy way to create something useful and attractive! From flower boxes to a recycled wooden cigar box, you and your family can enjoy this together. Since many of us are thinking about growing our own herbs and vegetables while we spend more time at home, why not add some fun and pizzazz to each planter? Image Source: Pinterest Trays are another flat surface that work well with DIY mosaic art. It’s easy to figure out patterns and apply the pieces on smooth wood. Image Source: Pinterest These would be a fun addition to our mosaic coaster projects. As you build up confidence on the smaller coasters, you can start planning for a larger piece like these trays. Image Source: Pinterest 6. Plan for Future Holidays Image Source: Pinterest DIY Easter decor gifts or holiday items are a productive way to pass the time. We’re always fans of spending time together and making something meaningful for a friend or loved one. Image Source: Pinterest Mosaic art gifts are perfect for any occasion. From Mother’s Day to Christmas mosaic art ideas, and any holiday around the year, there’s a fun project out there. Image Source: Pinterest No matter where your creativity takes you and your family during this time together, there’s an opportunity to make something positive and memorable. Making mosaic art will help keep you thinking ahead to the future, and you’ll have something long-lasting to enjoy or share as a gift. We hope our DIY mosaic activities will help the time you spend at home feel more relaxing and productive! If you’ve been working on your own mosaic ideas during the quarantine, let us know about them in the comments!For more inspirational ideas on mosaic design, be sure to check out our mosaic art creations! We carry mosaic art kits, a big selection of tile colors, and more.
How to Make a Mosaic for Beginners: Introduction: These instructions will guide beginners through the process of making a mosaic. These instructions assume that you have some art abilities, such as gluing. There are a few steps that need to be taken before beginning to create your mos…
Are you working on a mosaic project? Maybe you are wondering how you make it waterproof. We've researched the techniques and materials you can use to waterproof mosaics. By using the proper sealant, you can make any mosaic piece waterproof. Typical grout sealants used for mosaic pieces include penetrating, membrane-forming, and concrete types. Apply several […]
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