There is something about mosaics that I love, I think it's the texture of all the pieces, and how you want to be able to reach out and touch the art. I have made many mosaics-on wooden boards, kitchen backsplashes, school mosaic murals, and now on flower pots. It reminds me of clay, which I still enjoy working with, and clay was my concentration in college! So here are the steps if your interested in making one. The pictures below are also in order of the steps. I also added a time lapse video of me grouting the pots.
Step 1: Choose a pot that is mostly flat, but if its curvy, you need to break the tiles smaller. You can also use glass pieces, flat marble pieces, mirror, or square pieces if you want them to be more even looking.
Step 2: Start breaking your tiles into smaller pieces. You can easily do this by placing the tiles in a ziplock bag and hitting the bag with a hammer. The tiles I have at the top of my flower pots were rough and not glazed, so that is why they look like stone in the end.
Step 3: Glue the pieces with any type of tile adhesive. You may need to hold each piece for a minute for it to stick. The glass marble pieces slid down the pot, so I glued the tile pieces underneath them first, then the flat marble pieces. You could use rubber gloves if you don't want glue on your hands. This adhesive will dry within a day.
Step 4: Start Grouting, this is the hardest part but it looks great in the end. Lay down a large drop cloth first under a table. Outside would be better since the grout can fall of the table, but if your indoors, you need to be near a sink, or a hose outside. Lay a large garbage bag down on the table and place your pots of top, I used a big black bag. I purchases the already made grout, which is more expensive, but I didn't want to have to make grout with the powdered mix(they have all different colors). Watch the time lapse video below, before you begin grouting. I used rubber gloves, a sponge, and a bucket of water to add the grout around the pots.
Step 5: Wait about 10 minutes and start to wipe off the grout with a rung out sponge. If the grout is still too wet, you may need to wait another 5 minutes and wipe again. I had to wipe the pot about 5 times to get it clean. I also had to keep changing the water since the grout makes the water pretty dirty. I also used paper towels at the end to wipe. Once your done wiping, you need to let in sit for about 30 minutes. Then you can go back again with a wet and dry rag to wipe the tiles off clean. I rubbed the tiles with a dry and wet rag to get the grout off of the tiles.
Good luck and I hope you enjoy making these!!
Hi all! I am Natalia Ciriaco an art teacher and artist in Newark, De. I am starting a new blog about how I create my art and the many reasons why. Stay tuned for new artwork, videos, and discussions!
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