Any arts and crafts buff will tell you that mosaic tiles are a great, easy way to decorate anything. Romans are often credited for popularizing mosaic art. However, what most people don’t know is that it was actually first found in Mesopotamia, or the modern Iraq. Since its discovery in the 2nd millennium BC, it has been a popular form of art. This is mainly because of it is very versatile, and can add a classy feel to any flat surface. Making mosaic tiles is very easy and simple.
Here are some steps on how to make mosaic tiles:
- Prepare your materials. You will need quite a lot of materials for your mosaic tiles. Firstly, you will need your tiles. You can choose from a number of different tiles. Use a lot of different colors to make your mosaic tiles look beautiful and eye catching. You will also need some latex tile grout and some adhesive to glue or stick your tiles in your chosen base. You can use many different things for your base. Tables are great to design for a twist on a traditional coffee table. You can also use coasters or picture frames so you can decorate your whole house with mosaic.
- Cut up your tiles. There are many ways to cut up or break your tiles. You will need little pieces in order to make your mosaic. The easiest way to break up your tiles is to put one in a bag. Ideally, the bag should be canvas because it will not break once your tiles are cut up. Take a hammer, rolling pin, or any other hard and heavy object. Hit the bag repeatedly until you’re satisfied with the size of your tiles. Make sure to do this one color and tile type at a time so you don’t get all of your tiles mixed up.
- Prepare your design. This is the best way to ensure that you get the design you want. You can put anything in your design. You can choose to make it very artsy and abstract, gluing different colored pieces of mosaics randomly. You can also choose to make it very classy and make a specific design or logo. Try making different animals or flowers. You are only limited by your imagination. Place your design in a piece of see through paper and start to assemble your glass tiles. This will let you know what you will color the design with. This step is basically planning for your mosaic project.
- Place the see through paper on the surface of your base. If you are doing a table, make sure that you remember your design well enough. Then, you have two options. You can put some latex tile grout directly on the surface of your base and place your different colored tiles directly. You can also choose to glue the tiles with an adhesive on the surface of your base and put the grout on top of that. After, simply wipe away the excess grout to expose the tiles underneath.
Mosaic tiles are a great way to decorate any home. Follow these steps and enjoy the benefits of mosaic tiles today.