Mosaic Art

The basics of mosaicking for striving mosaic artists

Beginners’ guide to mosaic art

(4 min read) If you are about to embark on a mosaicking adventure, but you are not exactly sure about what to pay attention to the most or how to approach a particular issue concerning the process or design, you have wandered into the right corner of the internet.

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Start your mosaic art journey with us. Image source: Link.


First of all, it is of utmost importance to determine why you want to start creating a mosaic artwork in the first place. Think about it. Are you just looking for a fun DIY project? Have some cracked pottery and you don’t want to throw it away? Looking for something therapeutic to get your mind off of problems? Want to learn a new skill and find a new way to earn in the process? Need a creative outlet to help you cope with some mental issues?… See what I did there?

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Rewarding and useful, mosaic art is both. Work in progress mosaic by Mosaics Lab.


What I’m trying to so eloquently say is that mosaic art would work like a charm on all of those things and numerous others as well. It is important to keep your reasoning in mind because you shouldn’t start mosaicking just because you want to be the next Sonia King or Maurice Bennett. Mosaic is the work of love and passion and it usually comes from that quiet corner within you, the one that starts ruling you when you start quietly rearranging your tesserae. That is how every great mosaic artist started and skill and prominence came slowly afterward.

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Sonia King with one of her masterpieces in the making. Image source: Link.


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Maurice Bennett posing with his finished mosaic art masterpiece. Image source: Link.


When you are starting out something new you want to have fun and fall in love with your work while you are getting to know the sole basics of it. With mosaic artwork, you don’t want to start worrying about perfect mosaic design, too much grout, or uneven edges right away. The perfect way to avoid that and just have an easy time, in general, is by starting off with mosaic planters or doing some pavement fix-ups or embellishments around your garden.

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Simple mosaic design on some pottery. Photo by Midwest Living. Image source: Link.


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Easy and charming coaster mosaic design. Mosaic Designs by Mosaics Lab.


Projects like these are easy, fun, and relaxing. You can make your work look abstract and mosaic without a well-thought-out design, or you can go for a simple easy-to-do design involving two or three colors or repeating patterns. Either way, the simpler the better.

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Make sure your first project is easy and fun. Vase Mosaic Artwork by Mosaics Lab.


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Discreet and pretty, easy-to-do mosaic design. Mosaic Tray by Mosaics Lab.


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Beautiful Mosaic Tray by Mosaics Lab.


Once you’ve established what your first project will be, you should make sure you have the proper working space. At first, you probably won’t need too much space since you’re starting small, but it is best if you can ensure some larger space for later. the bigger the better, because you never know how far you’ll want to develop your new interest. Maybe you’ll take on some large-scale commission, or you’ll want to work with fellow mosaicists. Garages or big shacks are perfect for starters.

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Colorful mosaic Artwork. Mosaic mural design by Mosaics Lab.


Next, you should make sure you have the right adhesive. Most mosaicists work with glass and marble, and most opt for cement-based mortar. This particular adhesive usually sounds simplistic to novices, so they tend to go for some more expensive solutions thinking they will do better, and sometimes they do. Whether you’ll use acrylic-based adhesive, epoxy raisins, or mortar depends on the final location of your mosaic artwork.

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Cement-based mortar is the traditional mosaic adhesive. Image source: Link.


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Different surfaces demand different adhesives. Gorgeous Mosaic for a water feature by Mosaics Lab.


One of the worst things that could happen is that you start working and your focus is at its all-time high and then you realize you don’t have a hammer or a sponge or some other seemingly unimportant tool. So, before you start, make sure you have everything you might need. Prep your spatula, rubber gloves, safety glasses, pencils, tile nippers, hammers, and a sponge. Don’t let some minor mishaps ruin your creative process.

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Make sure all of your tools and necessities are exactly where you need them. Image source: Link.


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Gorgeous work-in-progress mosaic. Work in progress mosaic artwork by Mosaics Lab.


Last but not least, don’t be afraid. Working with a bunch of colorful tesserae can look intimidating at first, so just relax. Look at them like tiny little stress relievers and let them work their magic because they sure have it.

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The Basics of Mosaicking For Striving Mosaic Artists by Mosaics Lab.

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The Basics of Mosaicking For Striving Mosaic Artists by Mosaics Lab.

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The Basics of Mosaicking For Striving Mosaic Artists by Mosaics Lab.

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The Basics of Mosaicking For Striving Mosaic Artists by Mosaics Lab.

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M. Belosh

M. Belosh

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26 Comments

  1. Beth
    September 1, 2022 at 7:47 pm — Reply

    I think I might give mosaic art a try. I’ve always loved the look of it, and having a guide for the basics makes it so much more approachable.

  2. Clarice
    September 2, 2022 at 6:33 am — Reply

    I have been meaning to learn mosaic art and this is really helpful. Thank you for sharing these tips, especially for beginners like me. Will take your advice and start with some embellishments in the garden.

  3. Stephanie
    September 2, 2022 at 8:01 am — Reply

    I remember doing mosaic artwork in art class when I was in elementary school and now my boys have been working on one. Quite a few people in my family do those mosaic dot artwork and love how relaxing it is for them.

  4. Tammy
    September 2, 2022 at 11:46 am — Reply

    I would love to pick up a beginners kit and try it myself. I really have found such a new appreciate for the art since I’ve discovered your site!

  5. Melanie E
    September 2, 2022 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    It’s interesting to see the things you can do with mosaics. My daughters got a kit for Christmas where they could make a mirror with a mosaic surround.

  6. Lyosha
    September 2, 2022 at 5:37 pm — Reply

    how curious! now I want to visit a master class or something for mosaics. looks doable and very fun!

  7. Edyineth Melgarejo
    September 3, 2022 at 12:57 am — Reply

    WOW this is so beautiful! Amazing work.

  8. Melanie Williams
    September 6, 2022 at 6:46 pm — Reply

    This post was actually really interesting and in fact you have inspired me to give mosaic art a go x

  9. Samantha Donnelly
    September 7, 2022 at 5:12 am — Reply

    They make it look so easy, it is something I would love to have a go at one day, but know it will take time to produce something that looks great

  10. Rosey
    September 7, 2022 at 5:40 am — Reply

    The talent involved here is always impressive to me. I saw a beautiful mosaic yesterday while I was driving but I didn’t have time to stop and take a photo!

  11. Tammy
    September 7, 2022 at 11:46 am — Reply

    Looks like such a fun hobby to get into. I love mosaic art esp since I’ve discovered your site.

  12. Christine H
    September 7, 2022 at 12:21 pm — Reply

    This is not something I have ever tried. But, it looks really interesting. I can see this being a calming hobby. Thanks for the steps and planning tips.

  13. Heather
    September 7, 2022 at 2:19 pm — Reply

    I have always been fascinated by mosaic art. I’m not super sure I have the patience for it but I’d love to give it a try.

  14. Rhian Westbury
    September 7, 2022 at 2:29 pm — Reply

    Mosaic always feels like a fun creative task to do, but not something I’ve tried before. Having a beginners guide is very useful x

  15. Kristy Bullard
    September 7, 2022 at 8:40 pm — Reply

    This amazes me! It takes so much creativity, time, and talent to create these masterpieces!

  16. Tammy
    September 8, 2022 at 11:09 am — Reply

    It is such an impressive art. I’d love to take it up as a hobby and sit in for a few classes. It’s something that would be so satisfying and to have a piece that you made would be so much fun!

  17. Beth L
    September 8, 2022 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    WOW! Some of those look so lifelike of the people! Love the coasters for beginners – I may just have to make some for Christmas gifts this year. Thanks for the easy instructions!

  18. Lavanda Michelle
    September 8, 2022 at 7:20 pm — Reply

    I think it’ll be a very fun, relaxing, and nice hobby to get into. I’ll definitely try soon. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Jasmine Martin
    September 9, 2022 at 12:17 am — Reply

    Mosaic art is such an intricate art style. It takes so much attention to detail. I find it to be such a skilled way to express yourself.

  20. D. Y.
    September 9, 2022 at 3:32 am — Reply

    This is a great post for those wondering where or how to start with mosaic art. Everything is so details and explained so clearly

  21. Windy
    September 9, 2022 at 10:41 am — Reply

    Wow mosaic is such an art that I love to see. So much talent goes into it.

  22. Melissa Dixon
    September 9, 2022 at 10:53 am — Reply

    So beautiful. I would love to have some mosaic art around my home and garden. It’s gorgeous!

  23. Anz
    September 9, 2022 at 3:05 pm — Reply

    How amazing! I know of someone who will find this guide super helpful 😍

  24. jupiter hadley
    September 10, 2022 at 2:02 am — Reply

    I made a mosaic on the back of my wooden fence door, and it all fell off. Is there something super strong to “seal it” when outside and vertical?

  25. Natasha Mairs
    September 11, 2022 at 6:04 am — Reply

    That horse one is amazing!!! I also really like the coaster, especially the ones with the swans on

  26. L. Yosha
    September 12, 2022 at 7:15 pm — Reply

    how curious! you definitely inspire me to subscribe to one of the workshops and try to do it myself

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