How to Mosaic

The Subtle Art of Mosaics: A Step by Step Guide

What goes into the creation of our mosaics? We’ve had so much interest in the actual process of creating our handmade mosaic pieces, we’re devoting this article to it! 

Putting together mortar, skill, and tiles is fascinating to see – especially when skilled artists like ours are on the job. Our intricate mosaics can incorporate thousands tesserae, an array of subtle colors, and various techniques.

It All Starts With a Design

At the beginning, each beautiful piece of mosaic artwork is just a design. Our artists and creative team are constantly on the hunt for inspiration. As you can see in our catalog, those ideas come to us from everywhere. In other words, our inspiration stems from the walls of ancient temples. In addition, the floors of villas in Pompeii preserved by lava flows, modern art masterpieces, and our custom requests are inspiring.

Whether you are interested in a floral design, patterns, geometric designs, portraits or anything in between, anything can be transformed into mosaics. An artist only needs to focus on the extent of details and intricacy of colors.

Sketch Source: Unsplash

The end result is an unparalleled range of mosaic art designs, including animal art, geometric patterns, backsplash tile art, and many more. Once our artists have decided on their inspiration, they set to work creating the design. 

As you can imagine, the tile artwork can be quite complex. In addition to sketching out the actual image and identifying the color, size, and type of tile for each element, our artists also determine how each marble or glass tile is placed. If you look closely at this Wabasso Coastal Beach mosaic wall art, for example, you can see how the tiles follow curving lines and alternate their directions. By doing so, the artist has given additional life, movement, and texture to the rich undersea scene.

How to Make a Mosaic?

When you order a custom mosaic that’s created from a photo or art that you supply, our design team uses your original to create work with the layout and decide on the color selection and materials. Our huge range of colors allows for picture-perfect matches, using glass, marble, and quartz. Popular choices for our custom services are to create mosaic portraits and memorable pieces of glass mosaic art for homes and businesses. 

First, on a flat surface, our artist lays out a print of the design. Following that, a plastic sheet is laid over the print with a sheet of mesh on top. Reasonably, a ll these layers are supposed to be of the same size and stapled to each other.

And now is when the magic starts. A mosaic artist will start adding marble mosaic stones one by one to bring the mosaic to life. Typically, an artist will start by tiling the details before adding mosaic stones to the background of the design. The tesserae are glued to the mesh backing using any brand of contact glue as an adhesive.

Making a Mosaic by Mozaico
Making a Mosaic by Mozaico

Every one of the lovely pieces of stone, marble, or glass in your mosaic artwork is placed by hand! The artisan will select each tesserae from their supply, and use great care and precision as they glue it to the mesh backing. Depending on the size of each tile, this may require the use of tweezers, or added with delicate use of their fingers.

Also, once the piece is completed, we may go on to frame it per customer specifications. This is another option we offer to our customers, who may wish to display their piece of mosaic art on a wall without any further installation steps. 

Otherwise, our finished designs are then ready to deliver to your doorstep as one piece on a mesh backing. Each Mozaico design is rolled, wrapped, and shipped from within our workshop via DHL Express. Remarkably, our turnaround time is only 3 to 4 weeks for most custom orders – we offer the shortest lead times in the market.

Treating a Mosaic After Installation

Many clients choose, after installation, to add varnish as a top coat for the mosaic to boost the colors of the tesserae. This will give the mosaic artwork a vibrant and lively feel. It will allow the colors to pop. The resulting gloss can add a feeling of extra depth to mosaic tile art, as well as help it reflect more light and enhance textural details. 

However, the finishes that we utilize for our mosaic art are strictly a matter of personal preference. The look that customers prefer is often a complement to their own style and the interior design elements that are already present. We presented a more in-depth look at the choices and examples of finishes in a previous blog

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Image Source: Mozaico

Custom orders from your photo or artwork are also a specialty here at Mozaico. We can create custom shapes from your sketches, change the colors of an existing design, and work with you for an infinite variety of personal touches to your mosaic tile art. 

Once you’ve submitted your files to our team, they will go to work on your order, using the same steps. We offer an incredibly rich customer experience here on our website, allowing you to modify all custom and existing designs, alter stone colors and even resize your order to perfectly fit your space.

Curious about how a piece of mosaic art will look in your own home? Simply use our Visualize This feature to place a piece from our catalog on your wall. You may also try out frames, calculate the size you need. Also, you can get pricing for your final selection. Always remember: the timeless good looks, durability, and suitability for all types of weather, wet conditions. Other environments make mosaic designs perfect for any area. Moreover, our mosaic designs are fantastic on walls and backsplashes, in showers and swimming pools, on the floor, or even for decorating ceilings! 

If you have questions about mosaic, art, interior design, and anything in between, feel free to ask away on our Quora! Also, don’t forget to join our Quora space for all things mosaics. We will be sharing exclusive content there soon!

Any other questions about the art and expertise that goes into making your mosaics? Let us know in the comments! 

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