Teal Picassiette Mosaic birds I wanted to share this pair of mosaic birds I created using vintage china from various resale venues. Mosaics created from broken china is called picassiette (also pique assiette), and it's my favorite kind of mosaic. It's a great way to use chipped, damaged or broken china. Left facing Mosaic Bird The single teal plate that became the tail feathers inspired the color palette. I cut the bird shapes out of 1/4 inch thick wood on a jigsaw, glued down the china pieces with clear silicon, and finished the birds by grouting between the china. Right facing Mosaic Bird I don't know which of the birds is the girl and which one is the boy, but these two are definitely love birds, and I am hoping to figure out a baby bird shape so they can have babies someday. Mosaic birds posing for a close up Here the two are having their close up. The birds are actually quite small, about 3 inches high by 5 inches tip of the beak to tip of the tail. Mosaic birds on Display At the moment I display them on a window ledge near a small reproduction Tiffany Window that came from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the real much larger window hangs. The large Tiffany window (the real one) is currently my favorite stained glass window in the world, in case anyone has a spare one... (btw, notice the authentic shabby chic (?) of the window and window handle...) Name the birds! Leave suggestions in the comments I haven't named the birds yet, so if anyone has suggestions, please leave your ideas in the comments. Click on the images to see them enlarged. If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy... Mosaic Collection Bluebirds Heart Window Mixed Media 2 Spring Gift Tags New York Egg Hunt I am linking up to these parties: Applestreetcottage: Party-in-your-PJs 2 I was featured here! Pieced Pastimes.gr: Saturday Sparks 359 I was featured here! Faeries and fauna: Waste not Wed 188 I was featured here! 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Few mosaic projects are more satisfying and practical than decorating a basic terra cotta flower pot. I've probably lost track of how many of these I have made over the years, but I'm sure it is in the hundreds. Here's how I made the most recent batch, which are actually all sold already. As I make more, feel free to ask for any colors or themes you would like me to make for you! I begin with playing with patterns and colors, laying dishes out on the floor so that I can get enough distance to imagine how the colors will interact on the surface of the pot. This is a skill that improves with practice. As with anything creative, it is nice when you feel inspired. Unfortunately, I was not feeling it with these pots. The weather was cold and my family was sick and I was weary at the thought of spending time in the studio on several of the nights I normally work. But the more practice you put into your craft, the more you can work from a place of experience and instinct without the warm comfort of the Muse cheering you on. The next step is to begin cutting the pieces and arranging them. I use several different kinds of nippers to get the size and shapes I need. (I've written about my nippers before in this post.) I use tile adhesive in a cake-decorating bag to apply glue. It has a creamy peanut butter consistency and a perfect working time of about 30 minutes. I confess, I was not as happy with the pots at this point as I thought I would be. But it is important to allow room for your ideas to unfold and be what they are. Grout has the ability to change the entire mood of a piece, so I waited for a nice day when I could open the garage door and really see the colors. bahama beige grout white grout gray grout I ultimately chose to use three different colors of grout: Bahama Beige, White and Gray, all in the sanded version (I personally hate the consistency of unsanded grout and try to never use it) Once the grout has cured a bit, I add a spray sealer to the exterior and the interior as well. I have several pots that I made at least 5 years ago that I use for myself. The blue ones (which were on the windowsill inside and the dogs knocked over and cracked, so I kept them instead of selling them) have been outside on the covered front porch for years now. They have held geraniums, marigolds, pansies, vinca, and mums almost non stop, and though they are dirty, they have not eroded at all. I also have large pot inside that holds my aged Christmas cactus. It's been in this pot for about 5 years as well and though I forget to water it sometimes, it has seen plenty of moisture at other times (I put it outside in the summer) and has stood up to time, dirt and water very well. I don't ever suggest that my pots be left in the elements to freeze, of course. So if you are wanting to try making a flower pot yourself or if you would like me to make one for you, this is how it is done! Enjoy! these are medium and large flower pots which currently sell for 35-48 dollars each and come with a corresponding plate or saucer
When you want your kitchen, bar, or bathroom to really stand out, you should consider using a mosaic countertop. The reasons for moving this option to the top of your list of ideas are many: unique looks, almost infinite customization, durability, and yes, a definite DIY aspect can be part of adding this cool and chic design element to your decor. If you’re new to the idea, think about how very tough mosaic tile can be. Back in ancient Greece and Rome, artists were mastering the art of mosaic. They gave us a name for the manufactured small tiles that were used to create exacting pieces that resembled paintings: “tesserae”, and they left a long-lasting legacy. After centuries, mosaic art from ancient times is still vibrant and beautiful, even after use as flooring and exposure to conditions far from museum standards. Stag Hunt Mosaic from the House of the Abduction of Helen at Pella, ancient Macedonia, late 4th century BC – Image from Wikimedia Commons Today, mosaic art is put to work in all types of environments, indoor and outdoor. Designs that you might have delegated to a backsplash or wall can actually be terrific for horizontal surfaces, too. Let’s take a look at some ideas that will have you thinking about any countertop projects in a whole new way. Brave Combos Tile mosaic is a natural for letting your imagination and personal aesthetics come out in your decorating. Any color can be used in any combination, resulting in a free-form jubilee of pattern and self-expression. This artist’s kitchen in Venice Beach, CA is a definite one-off. Utilizing both found and custom pieces, their design bounces from the backsplash to counter and further. Image from Atlas Obscura This mosaic countertop uses tropical colors and glass mosaic tile pieces to create a private oasis. Combined with the simplicity of solid wood colors, and pulling tones from the more neutral colors of the stucco walls, it works with both the carefully chosen wall art and plants. Image from Pinterest If you’re drawn to the more abstract patterns, there are wonderful abstract designs that are ready to go for your own installation. Here’s one that uses a swirling repeated motif in bright colors. It looks fantastic with all types of colors since it balances the warm and cool tones within its style. Circular Designs Abstract Mosaic Art by Mozaico. Not all mosaic countertops have to use such saturated and intense colors. Here, the same idea of a patchwork of tile sizes and shapes is used with a more subdued color scheme. The clear glass sink basin and the cool contemporary look of the minimal sink hardware really set the beauty of the patterns off in this bathroom mosaic. Image from Pinterest The bright primary colors on this surface are like the swirl of a child’s kaleidoscope. The cabinets are kept light and white, while the drawer pulls and cabinet handles continue the playful color scheme. Image from Pinterest Here’s an idea to liven up the area around a work sink in a utility area or mudroom. It uses the edge and limited counter space to add colorful blues to this compact work area. With the toughness of mosaic tiles, it will easily handle the rough-and-tumble activities, and add a cheerful note to an otherwise overlooked area. Image from Pinterest Under the Sea Marine motifs are a natural for bathrooms and outdoor pool spaces. Likewise, mosaic countertops that feature aquatic flora and fauna are a popular way to bring a bit of charm to these areas. Often done in the cool colors of water and ocean, they can be as sweet or sophisticated as the homeowner desires. Utilizing round tiles to great effect, this bathroom sink surround evokes bubbles and schools of fish. The ceramic sink is a great counterpart to the greens of the fish swimming along the counter. Image from Pinterest A similar feel can be achieved with a design like this. With a variety of sea creatures mosaics and the central figure of an octopus, it adds a sophisticated pebble-toned background and can be adapted to many countertop sizes. Sea Creatures Mosaic by Mozaico. Working with the watery tones, but not as realistic, this simple sink and countertop done in Vitruvian tiles evoke the same themes, but not in a way that competes. This would be an excellent feature in a poolside cabana, or in conjunction with a more elaborate piece of mosaic wall art. Image from Best Design Live Journal Here, custom mosaic tile insets bring life to a stone-like countertop. This look is made possible by modern technology, allowing custom cutouts to be added to surfaces by using a router that traces the design. Image from Pinterest For anyone looking for something a bit more exotic, adding a sea serpent mosaic to any countertop surface would add a note of watery intrigue to any room. This would be a great touch in a lake home or for any fans of medieval monsters. Sea Serpent Mosaic by Mozaico. In a more literal look at seaside life, this surface brings in the feel of a sandy shore, using salvaged tiles and bits of seaglass. It would be hard to not feel like every day was off to a sunny start if you had this for a kitchen counter. Image from Pinterest Nostalgic Tastes Mosaic countertops lend themselves well to concepts that reference the past in new ways. From your grandmother’s china, to heirloom quilts, crocheted afghans, or textiles from your childhood, these patterns are used to great effect. Broken china meshes with a hand-painted effect on this counter. The soft tones are perfect for a cottage-style home. The light sandy grout is used widely to really set off the individual pieces of lovely floral tiles. Image from Pinterest In this treatment, the length of the counter is used to set off a variety of old-fashioned china patterns. If you’re a fan of the mix-and-match look of the new country table looks, this idea is perfect. It allows the same bohemian feel to grace your dining space, even if you’re just sitting down for a quick meal or using the counter as a work area. Image from Pinterest Here’s a smaller, but bold use of recycled china on a bath sink. It would be utterly charming in a small half bath or in small apartment or tiny home setting. With just enough room to keep essentials on top, but easy to keep tidy, this vintage look is complemented by the simple sink fixtures that were chosen. Image from Pinterest The use of square tiles, each with their own pattern, brings a favorite patchwork quilt to mind. No great skill is needed for laying out the design, other than an eye for what makes the viewer happy. Image from Pinterest If your love of vintage textiles leans towards the eclectic charms of “crazy quilts” – the seemingly random, but actually artfully designed bedspread patterns, you’ll love this countertop idea. Image from Pinterest The exuberance and geometric shapes of this design are quite reminiscent of a vintage crocheted afghan and can be appreciated no matter what the time of year. The colors are fantastic and would be perfect in a home that celebrates vintage style. There are hints of the color schemes of the mid-1950s through the rusty shades and avocado greens of the 1970s in this piece of countertop art. For a similar effect, one can utilize a mosaic design that combines strongly delineated blocks that contain smaller repeated patterns. This one, in a crisp blue and white, gives the same feeling, while containing the color scheme to one. Abstract Encryption Mosaic Designs by Mozaico.. Floral Bounty Flower mosaics, branches, and other botanical elements are design staples, and lend themselves very well to a repeated pattern or single bold graphic on a surface. These mosaic countertop ideas are loosely bound together by subject, but leave plenty of room for individual interpretation of style and color. The strength of the mosaic patterns in this bathroom evokes garden design at its best. Without overdoing the floral elements, the colors still remind anyone seeing it of summery blooms and overhanging branches. The earthenware style of the sink basin adds just the right touch of outdoor style to the mix, with a finish that looks like a fine Italian planter. Image from Pinterest These kitchen mosaic counters don’t hold back. With a vining flower zooming upwards, butterflies busily working, and a simple terracotta-hued edging treatment, they would blend perfectly with paver tiles and a rustic patio setting. Image from Pinterest The appeal of this bright surface lies in the lack of details. While it doesn’t look like any particular flower, it has the naive charm of a folk painting. It continues to feel like the best of a tropical garden, without the distraction of a strong single motif. It shines like a piece of art, inviting a clean slate after any kitchen mosaic work! Image from Pinterest This sophisticated look uses the shape of the sink and the large mirrors to really make a smaller surface pop with energy. The colors are intense but work with the space to keep it from feeling confined. The six-sided sink adds another bold note to the whole presentation. It’s a great example of combining mosaic art with existing features to overcome any shortcomings. Image from Pinterest A central design set into a more monochromatic color field is always stunning, as in the way that this single flower and hummingbird mosaic enliven a sunroom. The glass accents in the tilework are used to bring out the texture of the bloom. Image from Pinterest A similar play on texture can be seen in this floral mosaic motif. The glittery qualities of individual tiles add depth and interest to the more abstract blossoms. This would be a stunning way to accent an outdoor bar top, with the moonlight or lanterns bringing out the inner glow of the piece. Perfect for a magical night in warm weather. Image from Mozaico.com Picking out your favorite mosaic countertop ideas may be the most fun you’ve had planning your next project. Be sure to visit our online catalog for as many types of mosaic art as you could ever imagine, and enjoy mapping out your next design!
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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 […]
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?