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Creating the perfect mosaic sky — One of the most difficult tasks in mosaic art

(4 min read) Every art form has its tough works that demand the utmost masterful artistry. Sometimes the most prolific artists are the ones that don’t shine in one particular “department”. Maybe your favorite ballet dancer does the most glorious en pointe, but their grand adage is not that good. Maybe your favorite local painter does wonderful aquarelles, but they are terrible with oils.

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Gloomy mosaic sunset. Mosaic Design by Lee Ann Petropoulos, Image source: Link.

Just like everyone else, most artists have learned to keep their weaknesses under wraps, while letting their strengths take the stage. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ve stopped trying in a certain area. In fact, I would say that trial and error method is what makes the art world go round. So, if that nose doesn’t look quite right, draw it again, or if that video frame doesn’t fit, make another one. However, keep in mind that the world around you isn’t perfect, so your art shouldn’t be either.

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Glorious mosaic artwork of a colorful sunset. Mosaic Artwork by Studio Mosaic Art. Image source: Link.


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Moonlight night sky mosaic art. Sky Mosaic Artwork by Criativa Arts. Image source: Link.


One of the most difficult tasks in mosaic art is creating a realistic sky. Depicting a sky, in general, is quite difficult and it doesn’t matter if you are painting it with watercolors, oils, or acrylics, photographing it with a DSLR camera or a smartphone, or crafting it with stained glass tiles or marble mosaic tiles. In either of these cases, your sky could end up looking one-dimensional and dull.

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Clever usage of gradation and color in this super cute mosaic art. Mosaic Artwork by Mosaics Lab.


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Gorgeous pink sunset mosaic art. Mural Mosaic Artwork by Francoise Moulet. Image source: Link.


Needless to say, creating a realistic sky out of mosaic tiles requires some enviable skill and experience. However, that doesn’t make it impossible for someone with less prowess. One simply has to pay attention to some important elements in order to build a mosaic sky worth of admiration.

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Stunning realistic sky. Scenery Mosaic Mural by Mosaics Lab.


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The one and only starry night. Painting by Van Gogh, Mosaic Reproduction by Mosaics Lab.


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Stained glass mosaic sunset over the desert. Mosaic Mural Design by Suzanne Tremblay, Image source: Link.


The crucial element of a realistic mosaic sky is gradation. When building a sky with mosaic tiles you have to be aware that are lighter at the horizon and darker the higher your eye goes. That is why most mosaicists will use their lightest blue mosaic tiles near the imaginary horizon line and their deeper blue shades at the top of the artwork.

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Beautiful color gradation. Scenery Mosaic Mural by Mosaics Lab.


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Venetian Sunset glass mosaic artwork. Scenery Glass Mosaic by Larissa Strauss, Image source: Link.


The next things to keep in mind are perspective and light which are quite dependent on one another. Clouds are the main element in showcasing both light and perspective. Keep in mind that clouds actually reflect light and introduce depth to the mosaic artwork. Clouds that are closer to the horizon should be smaller as they are farther away, while those that are closer to the eye of the observer should be larger.

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Beautiful clear blue sky. Scenery mosaic Mural art by Mosaics Lab.


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Little Prince’s starry night sky mosaic art. Mosaic Artist: Unknown, Image source: Link.


Last, but not least, colors. Yes, you read that correctly. Colors, plural. The sky is rarely ever just blue, especially if you are depicting a sunset or an early morning. The sky can contain various kinds of reds, yellows, pinks, and purples. So, don’t be scared to use color when building a sky with mosaic tiles.

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Crowded mosaic sky. Mosaic Artist: Unknown, Image source: Link.


To those of you that are about to embark on an adventure of building your own mosaic sky — we hope our article helped. To those that are about to start hunting for a captivating mosaic sky to place on your living room wall — we hope our article helped you too. Don’t forget, that the sky’s the limit when it comes to mosaic art. *wink, wink.

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Creating the perfect mosaic sky by Mosaics Lab.


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Creating the perfect mosaic sky by Mosaics Lab.

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Creating the perfect mosaic sky by Mosaics Lab.

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Creating the perfect mosaic sky by Mosaics Lab.

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M. Belosh

M. Belosh

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33 Comments

  1. rachel
    August 21, 2022 at 10:02 pm — Reply

    I COULD NOT love these mosaic skies more! They are all beautiful.

  2. Laura
    August 21, 2022 at 11:51 pm — Reply

    Ah that little penguin is just too gorgeous but they are all actually stunning.

  3. Sonia Seivwright
    August 22, 2022 at 5:55 am — Reply

    I love the winter blue sky. the penguin looks happy.

  4. Stephanie
    August 22, 2022 at 11:20 am — Reply

    I never thought about how hard the sky would be in mosaics. I’ll bet it’s very similar with water, too. And yes, as a photographer, the sky is not easy to capture even in a photo.

  5. Beth
    August 22, 2022 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    I can see why skies are the hardest thing to make. They’re deceptive. At first glance, they seem like they’d be easy, but a good sky has A LOT going on in it!

  6. Fouli
    August 22, 2022 at 2:27 pm — Reply

    These all look so beautiful and unique!

  7. Lyosha
    August 22, 2022 at 6:00 pm — Reply

    You do inspire me to push it forward and finally have a mosaic just for myself at my new place. It is indeed perfect

  8. Oli
    August 23, 2022 at 5:46 am — Reply

    Those are all so stunning! Mosaic Sky art is for sure unique and eye-catching. The Venetian Sunset is my favorite.

  9. Rhian Westbury
    August 23, 2022 at 7:34 am — Reply

    Stary night is such an iconic piece of artwork. But having some mosaic a sky must be so difficult x

  10. Natasha Mairs
    August 23, 2022 at 9:04 am — Reply

    I love the mosaic sky with the owl flying through it. The penguin one is cute too.

  11. Renata Feyen
    August 23, 2022 at 10:01 am — Reply

    ooh, that penguin is super cute, but I love the Moonlight night sky mosaic most

  12. Mel
    August 23, 2022 at 11:53 am — Reply

    You’d think they’d run out of ways to create a night sky that wasn’t the same as others but these all look amazing. I love the different variations.

  13. Tam
    August 23, 2022 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    The detailing is incredible. I often think of how much planning and thought goes into pieces like this before creating the fading skylines like that. The intricacy is so impressive.

  14. Lavanda Michelle
    August 23, 2022 at 4:48 pm — Reply

    The penguin is so adorable, that’s great as a hallway piece or even for an office. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Melanie E
    August 23, 2022 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    These are all such pretty mosaics of the sky. I love the penguin one it’s so cute!!!!

  16. Tina Basu
    August 24, 2022 at 1:11 am — Reply

    Those seagulls in mosaic and the penguin looks just too cute. It’s such a beautiful art!

  17. Jane
    August 24, 2022 at 5:14 am — Reply

    Those who can create mosaic skies that look good are super skilled – I would definitely not be able to do so! These skies all look so beautiful.

  18. brianne
    August 24, 2022 at 8:30 am — Reply

    The sky is indeed colorful. It’s not just blue and depicting it with mosaic art can be difficult.

  19. Geemiz
    August 24, 2022 at 9:33 am — Reply

    I love this phrase “the world around you isn’t perfect, so your art shouldn’t be either” I often told myself that I am not an artist but after reading this phrase hell yeah I am an artist in my own right.

  20. Tammy
    August 24, 2022 at 11:46 am — Reply

    There is so much intricacy that goes into each mosaic artwork but the skies are absolutely mesmerizing. To think of the detailing that goes into it is so impressive. Beautiful pieces!

  21. Samantha Donnelly
    August 25, 2022 at 5:53 am — Reply

    I can certainly see why it is so hard, but am loving the penguine mosaic

  22. Melissa Dixon
    August 25, 2022 at 10:51 am — Reply

    I love the looks of this and would absolutely love to have something like this in my greenhouse. This is gorgeous!

  23. Clarice
    August 25, 2022 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    These are beautiful. I agree with you that creating a realistic sky is not impossible but just requires great skill. Love the mosaic version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. That’s just magnificent. The one from the Little Prince is also wonderful. I would love to have one in my bedroom.

  24. Cel. W.
    August 25, 2022 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    But the results are stunning. An artist gotta have an eye for it!

  25. Lyosha
    August 25, 2022 at 6:33 pm — Reply

    I find every mosaic perfect. because even imperfect mosaic has it charm. plus the location, surroundings and objects are a priority for mosaic in my eyes

  26. AJ
    August 25, 2022 at 9:35 pm — Reply

    I have always found art to be absolutely beautiful and fascinating. Some people really are talented and I am glad it gets shared with the world. *The penguin is adorable!

  27. Kat
    August 26, 2022 at 4:37 am — Reply

    the mosaics captured my attention as if by magic! truly glorious artwork. mt personal favorite is the sunset.

  28. Jupiter Hadley
    August 26, 2022 at 5:30 am — Reply

    The idea of letting your strengths take the stage and your weaknesses be covered up can be used in so many different art forms! What an interesting look into mosaics.

  29. Laura Side
    August 26, 2022 at 6:05 am — Reply

    These are all such beautiful skies – I love this effect and would love to have a big mosaic one in my garden one day

    Laura x

  30. Nat. Anzie
    August 26, 2022 at 6:31 pm — Reply

    These look so beautiful, especially that sky mosaic artwork with a penguin is adorable 😍. Hats off to the artists!

  31. Rosey
    August 27, 2022 at 6:36 am — Reply

    Wow, these are stunning. And the amount of talent it takes leaves me in awe.

  32. Melissa Cushing
    August 27, 2022 at 10:05 am — Reply

    Such beautiful designs for sure and love the amber sunset one 🙂 They do look hard and I would love tom learn to do this!

  33. Lily
    August 30, 2022 at 2:56 am — Reply

    I can’t get enough of these! I want these in my home!

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