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Where to Find Mosaic Craft Ideas

Updated on November 10, 2012
mosaic window "Catshill Cottage"
mosaic window "Catshill Cottage" | Source

Working with mosaics can be a rewarding activity. There are so many ways to create a beautiful piece of work. Here are some tips to get you started with great ideas for your future projects.

One place you might never have thought of to find mosaic ideas is in coloring books. Most mosaic pieces are simple designs. Take a page from a coloring book and draw it to fit your base. Now, just because the picture is simple does not mean the end product has to be simple, as well. Experiment with backgrounds. Experiment with textures used in the focal point of the piece. Put in a few details from your imagination. And, then you have a beautiful finished project.

Search on the internet for stained glass designs. There are many websites that provide these for free. Again, use them as a starting place. Add to them, combine them, use that noggin and create some beautiful designs.

Think about your favorite things. Do you love trees? Make some projects that focus on trees. Use different settings. Make the leaves out of some china you found at a yard sale for a quarter each. Make the roots out of some tiles you got from a construction company because they were cracked. You may find some of your best work comes from very simple beginnings.

You can also find books on historical mosaics and use them as inspiration. Reproduce a small section of a Roman bathhouse floor. Try to make your next project look like animals from a Tunisian wall. Combine the two types and make something unique to your style. Be creative!

Some websites that sell mosaic supplies will have some designs to get you started. They will also have great tips on where to find other ideas, too.

And, do not just look for ideas for designs, look for ideas for unique bases, too. Go to yard sales, estate sales, junk stores, Goodwill, and Salvation Army stores. Find old vases, old metal tables and chairs, plant stands, wooden coffee tables with cracked tops. The opportunities are endless if you let your imagination wander. You can put mosaic designs on anything.

No matter where you find your ideas or materials, always put your heart into the project. You will end up with something beautiful and meaningful. And, that is always worth more than anything when you are creating a piece of art.


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    AndreaMosaicIdeas 6 years ago from NY

    I agree wonderful idea! I do mosaic with my grandchildren and I think this will help keep their interest. Here is a link to my new blog where I talk about mosaic ideas.

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    Ania L 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    The coloring book source - brilliant idea! And the image of the mosaic you have attached is beautiful. Thanks to you I'm learning a lot about mosaics, keep up the good work!