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How to Make a Mosaic Picture With HobbyWare PixelHobby Art Kits

Updated on April 14, 2016
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I have been sewing and crafting all of my life. I enjoy a variety of crafts, making gifts, holiday & home decor and costumes for my family

by Sylvestermouse
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How to Make Beautiful Mosaic Pictures

I have always loved Mosaics and Mosaic art and I have always wanted to make my own mosaics. When I discovered the Mosaic Art kits by HobbyWare, I was ecstatic and I immediately went to work. These kits make creating a beautiful mosaic easy.

Over the years, I have shared several craft tutorials online and I am pleased to be able to write and share this tutorial on how to make a mosaic picture with a HobbyWare Pixel Hobby art kit.

Hobbyware has been a trusted name in crafting for many years. I first became acquainted with them when I started using their Hobbyware Pattern Maker Cross Stitch Software. I loved being able to convert my own pictures to a cross stitch pattern. When they introduced their Pixel Hobby Mosaic Art Kits, I did not hesitate to buy my first kit.

I recently made this mosaic picture to give my dad for his birthday. I absolutely love the mosaic I made for my father. So much so, I think I need to make one for myself now.

Creating your own mosaic picture has never been easier!

My Father's Birthday Gift - The Raccoon Babe Mosiac Picture

Photo and Mosaic by Sylvestermouse ~ Hobbyware Raccoon Babe Mosaic Art
Photo and Mosaic by Sylvestermouse ~ Hobbyware Raccoon Babe Mosaic Art | Source

My father feeds and cares for a variety of wild animals and has for many years. Among his favorites are his raccoons. As soon as I saw the Raccoon Babe Mosaic Picture Kit, I knew what I would be giving him for his next birthday.

Below you will see a photo of the Raccoon Babe Mosaic framed with mats.

HobbyWare Pixel Hobby Terms

There are only a few terms or names you will need to be familiar with before you begin.

  • Baseplate ~ The clear acrylic peg board

  • Pixel ~ The square colored pieces used to create the picture

  • Design Sheet ~ Pattern or Chart

Lite Source LS-2714C Platte Metal Desk/Table Lamp, Chrome
Lite Source LS-2714C Platte Metal Desk/Table Lamp, Chrome

Having a great lamp is also essential.

You need sufficient light to see the pattern through the baseplate.


What You Need to Get Started on the Mosaic Picture Kit

When you purchase the kit, you will have everything you need to complete your project, however there are a few things that will make creating the mosaic a lot easier.

You should work in a well lighted area, so I highly recommend having a desk lamp or craft lamp. You will need Tweezers to straightened the pixels and occasionally a magnifying glass is helpful.

Long Taill Industry Magnifier Set - Handheld, 3 Pc
Long Taill Industry Magnifier Set - Handheld, 3 Pc

Reading the pixel numbers on the squares of pixels was nearly impossible for me.

When I used my magnifying glass, I could easily make out the numbers.

This is obviously essential with this craft.

Organize Mosaic Art Supplies
Organize Mosaic Art Supplies | Source

Organize You Supplies

Proper Organization Will Be a Huge Time Saver

I highly recommend organizing your supplies. As a matter of fact, I cannot stress this enough. I know you will be anxious to get started creating your gorgeous mosaic, but you will not want to skip this step.

My Organization Method

  • Sort and check contents of the kit against the included supply list. Make sure everything is there before you start.

  • Divide the Pixel Squares by number and place each set in a separate sandwich bag.

  • Label each bag with the Pixel number in the upper right corner. Use a marker to label the baggie so it will be easier to read.

  • Put the sandwich bags in numerical order.

  • Place them in order, in a box.

Organize Mosaic Art Pixels
Organize Mosaic Art Pixels | Source
Pixel Hobby Mosaic Art Baseplate
Pixel Hobby Mosaic Art Baseplate | Source

Start Your Mosaic Picture Art

Page 1, Baseplate 1

Working left to right, carefully place a baseplate over the first DesignSheet pattern. The backplate should be set lined up with the printed rectangle on the DesignSheet pattern.

Be sure the arrow on the backside of the baseplate is pointing toward the top of the page.

Make certain the pegs on the baseplate are properly positioned over the pattern symbols.

Start Your Mosaic Art Picture
Start Your Mosaic Art Picture | Source

Take a close look at the top of this photo.

You will see that it says Baseplate 1 and shows the pixel colors needed for this design frame.

Simply pull the pixel colors designated and you are ready to start your mosaic picture!

How to Make a Mosaic Art Picture
How to Make a Mosaic Art Picture | Source

Snap the individual pixels from the pixel square and press them into place over the coordinating symbol.Use the tweezers to straighten your pieces as needed.Note: You may even find that using the tweezers to place your pixels is easier than placing them with your fingers, especially as the baseplate grid becomes full and you have only a few pixels left to set into place.When you have finished placing pixels over all of the symbols in frame 1 of baseplate 1, move to the second frame of the pattern.Repeat this steps until Baseplate 1 is completed. I do recommend labeling this Baseplate as #1 with a post-it note before moving to the next baseplate.Continue to the next Baseplate until all of the Baseplates have been completed.

Assemble and Finish Your Mosaic Picture

Mosaic Picture
Mosaic Picture | Source

Lay out the individual baseplate in the correct order.

Carefully place the baseplates on a foam mounting board.Mat and Frame Your Finished Mosaic Picture!

Pres On Self Stick Mounting Board

PRES ON Pres-On Mounting Board, 11 by 14-Inch
PRES ON Pres-On Mounting Board, 11 by 14-Inch

This is the mounting board I recommend for this project.

It is strong enough to actually stick and hold the baseplates of the Mosaic kits.


Finished and Framed Raccoon Babe Mosaic Picture Kit - HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!

HobbyWare Raccoon Babe Mosaic Picture Kit
HobbyWare Raccoon Babe Mosaic Picture Kit | Source

Where to Purchase a HobbyWare Mosaic Picture Kit

In these difficult economic times, I always strive to find the very best deal on anything, but especially my crafting endeavors. Because there is usually no necessary time requirement, I watch for the kits to go on sale.


However, this particular kit is simply not always easy to find, much less easy to find on sale. Since I have featured my Raccoon Babe Mosaic, I felt I should at least give you a link so you can purchase this particular kit if you desire directly from the Manufacturers Online Store listed below.

I do recommend checking both Amazon and eBay for a better deal before you pay full price.

Portrait of an Eagle Mosaic Art Kit - by HobbyWare

Before I even finished the little raccoon babe kit, my husband said he would really like to have an Eagle Mosaic. He has been collecting Eagle pictures, sculptures, figurines, etc. for as long as I can remember.

I have personally always loved Gray Wolves! However, flowers would be a beautiful addition to our den artwork.

Now I just have to decide what my next Mosaic Picture Art project will be!

© 2013 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

Are You Ready to Make Your Mosaic Picture Now?

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      Nicu 2 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      Your tips are great, and that raccon looks beautiful.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      This is the first time that I've seen this type of artwork. It looks like an interesting project. I do like the look of mosaics.

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      RaintreeAnnie 3 years ago from UK

      I would like to try making a mosaic picture one day. Yours looks so beautiful :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Not only are you incredibly crafty, you are so organized!

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      I love this concept! And I most definitely would need the magnifying glass!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What a fabulous mosaic picture. Your dad must have been so pleased with this wonderful raccoon image created by you just for him.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I had no idea I could create mosaics from my own images. How I love your raccoon babe gift. No wonder you want to make another one for yourself. This is fabulous. Thanks for introducing me to these kits. Appreciated!

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      LluviaDeArte 3 years ago

      I am very impressed with this. I had never heard of it. I love it, thank you for writing it.

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      How truly wonderful to have such a relaxing hobby. I'd love to do one of these kits myself some day. Thanks so very much for sharing! :)

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      Kathy McGraw 3 years ago from California

      Looks like a soin on the paint by numbers....very cool. Bet your dad loved it!

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      KimGiancaterino 3 years ago

      I love it. The image reminds me of our backyard, as Mama Raccoon just brought her new babies around this week. What a beautiful gift for your dad.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      The mosaic raccoon you made for your dad is a beauty!

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      BuckHawkcenter 3 years ago

      Wow! Where is the dog mosaic, or even the horse one? My birthday is coming soon, you know. What a beautiful gift you created for your dad, and yep, hubby will be thrilled with his eagle mosaic as well.

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      nightbear lm 3 years ago

      Oh my this is completely new to me and so beautiful. Leave it to you to teach me about something gorgeous in the craft world. your dad is going to love it. beautiful!

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