Small Mosaiced Objects: Decorative and Utilitarian
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by Joe Moorman
3d ago
Artist Donna Stern has made some small mosaic sculptures that demonstrate the range of possibilities the medium has beyond murals and coverings for larger surfaces. Some of Donna’s recent mosaics are utilitarian (switch covers) while others are strictly decorative (mixed-media fish sculptures), but they are all small and very well done. Of course, it’s easier to work on larger rather than smaller mosaics if your design has a lot of detail, but there are many reasons to consider a series of small mosaics compared to one large mosaic. Reasons to Go Small Multiple Chances Who doesn’t want more t ..read more
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Mounting and Grouting Mosaic Garden Sign
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by Joe Moorman
1w ago
The backer used for this project was a reinforced mortar stone, and thinset mortar was used to mount the glass mosaic, which was on Mosaic Mounting Tape. This mosaic garden sign is displayed under the QR-code mosaic so that passersby know the purpose of the QR code. Mounting Process Like the QR-code mosaic, the mosaic garden sign is a gridded gapless mosaic, and so the mounting process was the same as shown in the video for the QR-code mounting. Mortar is spread on the backer, which is then lowered onto the mosaic, which is face-down on mosaic mounting tape. Clarification: a thick bed of mort ..read more
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Miniature Mosaic: Mountain Valley Twilight
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by Joe Moorman
1w ago
I continue to work on a series of miniature mosaics mounted on what I call my “mortar stones,” which are irregularly-shaped backers made by spreading thinset mortar on 3 or 4 layers of hardware cloth (steel mesh). My latest in the series is my mosaic Mountain Valley Twilight, which is 9 x 6 x 1/2 inches and made from our American-made stained glass and black non-sanded grout. Indirect Method Here is the photo of the mosaic after the tile was laid out over a pattern and picked up with Mosaic Mounting Tape. mountain-valley-twilight-mosaic-in-progress There was clear contact paper taped over the ..read more
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Garden Mosaic Sign
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by Joe Moorman
1w ago
The Mosaic QR Code that I made for my garden needs some text with it because most people assume the sign is for some realtor or other commercial service. I decided to make a mosaic sign with the text “About This Garden” that could be displayed with the QR Code Mosaic. Mosaic Letters I made the letters quickly using Morjo brand Outliners Mosaic Sticks. garden-mosaic-sign-workstation I drew the lettering on paper free hand and taped clear contact paper over the pattern with the sticky side up to make a temporary mosaic surface. On this temporary surface, I laid out my design using a process of ..read more
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Contrasts: Value Versus Hue
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by Joe Moorman
2w ago
Natalija Moss’s latest mosaic is a small work of 12 inches in width, but it demonstrates the power of contrast in value and of contrast in hue. Hue Contrast Notice how the few pieces of red and orange leap out from the cool green and blue hues of “the background.” The mind naturally thinks of warm colors as being closer and cool colors as being further away. That rule of perception isn’t culturally constructed. It’s how our brains work, a basic piece of biopsychology. Notice also how well the few warm-colored tiles stand out because of the cool hues of the background. What’s less obvious is h ..read more
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Mosaic Obelisk Garden Sculpture
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by Joe Moorman
2w ago
Lyn Richards has been making a series of mosaic obelisks for installation as garden sculptures, each with a completely different design. Like her Irises mosaic birdbath, Lyn’s garden obelisks are tightly executed. Power of Series Working in a series is an efficient way to gain skill in any art medium because you get several attempts at something and can leverage what you learned on the previous attempt. This is especially true in mosaic, if every member of the series is the same size. mosaic-obelisks-lyn-richardsSpecifications Lyn commissioned a carpenter to build the obelisks from 1/2-inch t ..read more
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Vinegar Cleaning Grout Haze and Pit Stains
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by Joe Moorman
2w ago
Glass mosaic tile, particularly vitreous glass tiles have sometimes have a few tiny pits in their surface, and these tiny pits can get stained with grout. Fortunately the pit staining can be prevented by applying a product called grout release before grouting, which is what installers use for large architectural tiling jobs. You can also remove a lot of the staining by proper sponging and hazing after grouting. Sponging and Hazing A Grouting Sponge is used to clean away grout residue after grout has been rubbed into the cracks and the excess scraped away. WATER DISCIPLINE: The sponge should a ..read more
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Sizing Your Mosaic
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by Joe Moorman
3w ago
Once you have a design you would like to create in mosaic, the next step is to determine how large to make it. The minimum size a mosaic can be is determined by the finest detail to be depicted in the image. I recommend trying to render that one finest detail first to determine if it is even possible to render and to determine how difficult it is to render. If there are other details just as small throughout the mosaic, being difficult to render might be the same as impossible as far as sizing the mosaic. If you have trouble rendering this one fine detail, you have two options: You can make t ..read more
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Fundamentals of Mosaic Composition
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by Joe Moorman
1M ago
I recently completed a mosaic titled Woodpecker Forest, which shows a pileated woodpecker on the side of a pine tree in a forest carpeted with capensis flowers. I think this composition is a good teaching example because it demonstrates several fundamentals of visual art. There is strong value contrast (light-dark) contrast in both the figure and background. The mosaic also has a sense of depth created by objects positioned at near, middle, and far distances. The warm brown bark and the cool greens and blues of the forest canopy are a classic contrast of hues. The color wheel never lies. I to ..read more
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Pileated Woodpecker Mosaic
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by Joe Moorman
1M ago
I made a mosaic of a pileated woodpecker by improvising over a pattern. I created the pattern from a photo collage that I made in Photoshop. Here is a high resolution photo of the grouted mosaic: image: pileated-woodpecker-mosaicMaterials and Methods This mosaic was made from our American-made stained glass. The irregularly-shaped backer was made from hardware cloth (wire mesh) and Versabond-brand thinset mortar. The mosaic was grouted with non-sanded grout in a charcoal black color. The grout gap was “incidental,” meaning no grout gap was intentionally left. The gaps were created serendipito ..read more
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