How To Make Tile Mosaics & Patterns

Painting the wall is the most common way of enhancing your home. Why don’t you try a new way to beautify a blank wall with tile mosaic? It will be like having a beautiful mural with extra benefits like cooler ambiance. Even floors can be enhanced with this form of art. Furniture pieces can also turn into something elegant and very useful with tile mosaic. But first, you need to learn how to make mosaic patterns and then how to make mosaic.

For beginners, it would be best to get free mosaic patterns online. Try to visit Mosaic Patterns Online for free patterns. Get mosaic design ideas from this website and other similar websites. It would be better also if you work with simpler patterns for now. Try advanced patterns once you get the hang of it.

If you decide to make your own, start with simpler patterns, too. Pictures or drawings can give you inspiration.

The pattern you have is probably smaller than your planned mosaic. You need to make the pattern as big as the mosaic. If possible, photocopy the pattern in enlarged scale. However, if you’ll be working with much bigger mosaic, then you can draw the bigger pattern yourself. To do this, make a grid over the pattern using pencil and ruler. On another sheet of paper, make the same number of grids, only with bigger squares. Copy the image on each square of the pattern on the same square on the bigger sheet. It’s easier to scale drawings this way.

Making a Tile Mosaic

Below are the steps on making tile mosaic based on your pattern:

  • Cut the tiles to the mosaic pattern. Square-shape tiles are easy to cut. Irregular shapes will be more challenging. Use a special tile cutter for cutting the tiles. Alternatively, you can buy a tile mosaic kit. This includes the pattern and all your needed tiles for the mosaic.
  • Draw the mosaic pattern on the surface. This will be your guide when sticking the tiles on the surface.
  • Apply adhesive on the surface or the tile. You can choose from a variety of adhesives for tiles like craft glue, epoxy, and cement. Apply adhesive both to the surface and the tile for more secured attachment. Alternatively, you can apply adhesive only to the surface or the tile. Make sure to carefully but quickly put the tile on the surface. Do this over and over again until all the tiles are set on the surface.
  • Grout the tiles. Wait for the adhesive to dry before grouting. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to apply the grout. Just make sure that you will use a color that will go well with your mosaic. It must be applied carefully also for a clean product. Apply a sealant product on the grout if recommended. Wait for the grout to dry.

Your very own tile mosaic is finally completed. It’s time to display your creation and let other people enjoy the beauty of you art. Next time, you’ll be more skilled on making tile mosaics. Perhaps, it will be the right time also to work on more advanced designs.


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