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1960s Gravel Mosaic Wall Art Picturesque.

Updated on June 29, 2016

1960s Gravel Mosaic Wall Art Picturesque.

It was an awesome time for artistic expression during the 1960s, there were many great art kits, and gravel and stone art manufacturers made wonderful craft sets of gravel and pebble mosaic art in many beautiful and colorful styles. It was a great being a youth in the late 1950s and 1960s and was a wonderful time to grow up and enjoy all the fun arts and crafts of that era. One of the crafts I remember most was the mosaic stone and gravel artwork you could make from kits that were sold at department stores and art stores during that era. The remarkable thing about this wonderful type of craft do it yourself art is you could make everything from exotic pebble birds, poodles, bull fighters, Chinese junks, Asian mountains waterfalls, to Greek drama mask.


Big Beautiful Blue Peacock Gravel mosaic by Picturesque

Big and beautiful blue Peacock gravel mosaic by Picturesque with awesome aqua blue stones and pebbles this lovely piece is  36"X12" inches and very nicely made.
Big and beautiful blue Peacock gravel mosaic by Picturesque with awesome aqua blue stones and pebbles this lovely piece is 36"X12" inches and very nicely made.

Beautiful 1960s Picturesque PQL-2 Golden Pheasant Wall Panel

A lovely mid-century horizontal Picturesque PQL-2, Golden Pheasant Wall Panel, that is trademarked Picturesque 1962 with original box.  The horizontal panel measures 13 inches by 36 inches.
A lovely mid-century horizontal Picturesque PQL-2, Golden Pheasant Wall Panel, that is trademarked Picturesque 1962 with original box. The horizontal panel measures 13 inches by 36 inches.

Gravel Art by Picturesque Tropical Exotic Dancers

Gravel Art by Picturesque Tropical Exotic Dancers. Mid-century 13 inches by 36 inches.
Gravel Art by Picturesque Tropical Exotic Dancers. Mid-century 13 inches by 36 inches.

Gravel Mosaic Artwork, 1962 Picturesque PQL-2, Golden Pheasant Wall Panel

Beautiful 1960s Gravel Mosaic Art of a Crane by Picturesque

Here is a beautiful Picturesque Vintage Gravel Mosaic Artwork of a crane done in the mid century with lovely colors for the crane this piece is large and well made and measures 36" x 12" inches.
Here is a beautiful Picturesque Vintage Gravel Mosaic Artwork of a crane done in the mid century with lovely colors for the crane this piece is large and well made and measures 36" x 12" inches.

1960s Picturesque PQL-2 Golden Pheasant Wall Panel.

The Mosaic Artistic Rush was in the Mid-century Modern art Era

This mosaic artistic rush was in the mid-century modern art era, which was from 1945 to around 1969, this movement also included the Eames movement, and the modern Danish movement. The stone and gravel artwork of the Picturesque Company and other companies that made mosaic artwork for consumers of this time would fall under the modern Danish art movement, and it was an extension of the early Modernism movement. Andy Warhol once said in the early 1960s “that an artist is somebody who produces things that people do not need to have.” This could have been been true, but art and craft projects during the 1950s and 1960s era brought family together around the kitchen table making beautiful art projects such as these homemade modern mosaic creations from these well-made and beautifully designed kits.

King and Queen Playing Cards Gravel Wall Art by Picturesque

Awesome pair of late1950s early 1960s King and Queen playing cards gravel wall art. They are 12 1/2 inches wide and 36 inches high.
Awesome pair of late1950s early 1960s King and Queen playing cards gravel wall art. They are 12 1/2 inches wide and 36 inches high.

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Buddhist Inspired Gravel Mosaic Wall Art by Picturesque

Buddhist Inspired Gravel Mosaic Wall Art Picturesque. The look the feel of the exotic land of India.
Buddhist Inspired Gravel Mosaic Wall Art Picturesque. The look the feel of the exotic land of India.

Drama Mask Gravel/Stone/Tile Wall Art Panel.

Vintage 1960s Mid Century Modern Gravel Mosaic on Canvas Artwork.
Vintage 1960s Mid Century Modern Gravel Mosaic on Canvas Artwork.

It was 2,000 Years ago the Chinese Created Mosaics

It was 2,000 years ago that the Chinese created the art of hand set mosaics. Here are kits that let you enjoy that ancient craft.
It was 2,000 years ago that the Chinese created the art of hand set mosaics. Here are kits that let you enjoy that ancient craft.

Modern 1960s Pebble Gravel Art Comedy & Drama Mask with lute

These Mosaic Pictures have a Magical Effect

The Picturesque Kit design process begins when a company photographer found an interesting subject matter or object of beauty in the Picturesque factory studio, next and artist would sketch a design on the mounting surface that would later be numbered by color and matted out for production. The artiistic and graphic design aspects of the picturesque mosaics would be a time consuming process with the selection of various combinations of colors of stones and grave and shapes to achieve the desired effect for the finished project. This was mass artwork in the mid-20th Century in the United States which was age of cultural changes that brought about many changes in social and religious thinking, political and moral views, and in the nature of the world economic structure in general. This was true in the art world as well as the American home of the 1960s. The American middle-class grew, more numerically and flourished and began buying news and different things, among other things, very trendy, classic and modern, and it was a new age of art that was being mass produced for the new mobile and savvy middle class.



Two Vintage Mid-Century 1960 Gravel Wall Art by Picturesque

 Two Vintage Mid-Century Gravel Wall Art. These are adorned with a Seascape, Coastline, Ocean Life, Lighthouse, and Boats. Each measures 36” tall x 12 ½” wide and have Wood Trim on the Side Edges.
Two Vintage Mid-Century Gravel Wall Art. These are adorned with a Seascape, Coastline, Ocean Life, Lighthouse, and Boats. Each measures 36” tall x 12 ½” wide and have Wood Trim on the Side Edges.

A Retro Tile Mosaic Wall Hanging that Dates back to the 1950s

tile mosaic wall hanging that dates back to the 1950s.  It features two figures, a boy & a girl, both dressed in harlequin attire.  Both are in a relaxed seated pose.   The girl has a magic wand by her side, while the boy appears to be playing a lute
tile mosaic wall hanging that dates back to the 1950s. It features two figures, a boy & a girl, both dressed in harlequin attire. Both are in a relaxed seated pose. The girl has a magic wand by her side, while the boy appears to be playing a lute

Mosaic by Picturesque, Kitchen Gravel Art Lamp and Coffee Pot.

A pair of cool mid century kitchen gravel art lamp and coffee pot. Each measures 24" x 8 1/2". Mosaic Wall Art by Picturesque ...
A pair of cool mid century kitchen gravel art lamp and coffee pot. Each measures 24" x 8 1/2". Mosaic Wall Art by Picturesque ...

Stunning Picturesque Gravel Art Native Dance, High relief Drum

Mid Century Modern Gravel Art Native Dancer with Drum LARGE Incorporates real feathers and jewels Drum is high relief, Simply stunning ... Over 3 feet tall measurements 36.5" x 13"
Mid Century Modern Gravel Art Native Dancer with Drum LARGE Incorporates real feathers and jewels Drum is high relief, Simply stunning ... Over 3 feet tall measurements 36.5" x 13"

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Vintage 1960s Modern Pebble & Gravel Art Drama Mask

These Mosaics were made from Kits which came Complete.

Back in the 1950s and 1960s gravel art made from crushed stone were made into amazing mosaic with great artist inspired pictures and themes for homes and office walls. These vintage crushed rock or gravel art pieces or mosaics are now very popular to collect and show and in the ones made from kits you can see the love and care that went into each panel. Today some collectors call art from this remarkable era modern, Danish, retro, and even kitschy, most call it retro or very modern, other just love it as an example of the self-expression of the 1960s, and many folks want to collect it and have it in their homes because of it artistic beauty and handmade workmanship. The mosaic gravel art pieces shown in this hub are an example of this modern Danish movement that flourished in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s. These mosaics were made from kits which came complete with gravel, glass, sand, and braids and colorful string for the border edges between the bright and glassy colors, glue was included and the design already printed on a canvas’s board ready for the family to start to create a masterpiece together. They can give a home or office that "Don Draper - Mad Men" look for a wonderful 1960s retro theme. There is braiding and tiny barrel beads in many of these timeless pieces. Once on the wall these mosaic pictures have a magical effect on one’s emotion and mood. In many ways this was much like the remarkable and trendy paint by number kits that were also sold at this time period. These gravel mosaic art kits came in a very wide variety of designs and price range for the tastes, and pocket book of the consumer.

You and your Family can Make an elegant Mosaic Craft.

The beauty of Picturesque is that you and your family can make an elegant Mosaic Craft right at home together at the Kitchen table.
The beauty of Picturesque is that you and your family can make an elegant Mosaic Craft right at home together at the Kitchen table.

Family Artistic Treasures Past on from Generation to Generation

With the imported mosaic tiles, and the beautiful beads, stunning braids made of the finest materials, and the most colorful stones all you would need to add would be some sparking colored glass to combine to create a most distinctive wall panel. All the above and much more are included in a Picturesque Mosaic Kit. Plus the all ready numbered materials, and the well made panels makes it so very easy to do a stunning eye-catching work of art on your very first try. No wonder so many of these family treasures are past on from generation to generation and are still loved and sought after today.

Vintage Picturesque Wall Panel Kit PQS-11 American

Here we have a vintage Picturesque wall panel mosaic tile and glass kit by NUMBER PQS-11 American, by General Craft Corporation
Here we have a vintage Picturesque wall panel mosaic tile and glass kit by NUMBER PQS-11 American, by General Craft Corporation

Inside Modern 1960s Pebble Gravel Art Comedy and Drama Mask with lute

The Gravel Art is an Example of the Modern Danish Movement.

Even though modern Danish artwork was used mainly on architecture and furniture of this era, there was great design in interior wall design and products design in this post-World War Two era. Much wall art panel artwork was done in gravel and stone or tiles. The best-known influences of this era’s art include designers and artist such as Charles & Ray Eames; Stephen B. Holloway, Wes Wilson, and Bob Carr, they also had a great influence in the modern Danish art development of the Picturesque mosaic stone and gravel art; this needs to be understood in relationship to two other aesthetic ideals of the modern art era which were the beautiful functional realism of that time, and the sublime need for order. The movement also had great artistic effect on the California builders Cliff May and Joseph Eichler, and even the design works of David Hicks, Dorothy Draper, Cliff May, and Frank Lloyd Wright who used gravel of different shades and colors to highlight his Danish modern buildings. Because of his influence many intricate pieces were made of gravel in a mosaic pieces and rope cord type design during this period. This kind of art today is enlightening, aesthetic, kitschy, rational, and a beautiful example of mid-century modernist art and today they are very collectable. Stone and pebble mosaic from the 1950s and 1960s in the strict sense of the word was an art form in transition. These stone mosaics were popular mainly because of their beauty and the efficient production methods of modern mosaic companies of that time.

The Picturesque Kit is Complete with all You will Need.

The wonderful thing about the Picturesque Kit is that it is complete with all the materials you will need. A work sheet is included that gives you easy directions to follow. You will so very thrilled with the first panel you complete.
The wonderful thing about the Picturesque Kit is that it is complete with all the materials you will need. A work sheet is included that gives you easy directions to follow. You will so very thrilled with the first panel you complete.

The Picturesque Factories and General Craft Corporation were located in Baltimore Maryland

These Folks loved Making these Gravel Mosaics

In the 1960s everyone had to have some new age art for their new home in the fast growing new age Danish modern suburbs of America, and there were de it yourself mosaic artist kits, and manufacturers ready to provide the mass public "do it yourself" mosaic art kits to this new and growing middle class in the United States of the 1960s. These folks loved making these mosaics; they became family projects and many people to great pride in their self-made mosaic artwork that they made themselves.

Vintage Picturesque Wall Panel Mosaic Tile and Glass Kit

1960s Vintage Picturesque wall panel mosaic tile and glass kit by NUMBER PQS-11, by General Craft Corporation GENERAL CRAFTS CORP.
1960s Vintage Picturesque wall panel mosaic tile and glass kit by NUMBER PQS-11, by General Craft Corporation GENERAL CRAFTS CORP.

Picturesque Plants were located in Baltimore Maryland

In the early 1960s beautiful brochures came with each Picturesque kit, they were like photo catalogs of the many different types of stone and gravel mosaics the company was making that year, and the brochures would shows beautiful color pictures of about two dozen or so of the kits that they were offering that year. Picturesque kits were made up until around 1973. At that time, another company purchased the company, and they were sold as Open Door Mosaic kits and the Open Door Mosaics Company went out of business in 1978.

Great Work of Art by Picturesque and You are the Artist!

These were great works of art and you are the artist! Kit is complete with instructions and all pieces needed to finish project. In original box.
These were great works of art and you are the artist! Kit is complete with instructions and all pieces needed to finish project. In original box.

Beautiful EBay find, a 1960s Modern Gravel Mosaic Artwork.

Bought this lovely retro drama mask wall art on EBay; this is a well-made vintage Picturesque  circa 1960s drama mask created out of gravel, stone, and tile wall art panel.
Bought this lovely retro drama mask wall art on EBay; this is a well-made vintage Picturesque circa 1960s drama mask created out of gravel, stone, and tile wall art panel.

Gravel Pebble Sand Rock Mosaic Wall Still Life Hanging Art

This is a set of two super cool gravel art pictures in excellent condition. It has a beige woven fabric background mounted on Masonite with a wood frame on two sides. The mosaic features a still life arrangement with a wine goblet, cheese wedges, cut
This is a set of two super cool gravel art pictures in excellent condition. It has a beige woven fabric background mounted on Masonite with a wood frame on two sides. The mosaic features a still life arrangement with a wine goblet, cheese wedges, cut

Three Piece Vintage Asian Gravel Art Set by Picturesque

Three Piece Vintage Asian Gravel Art Set Mid Century Modern. The large one measures 36" x 12.5. Smaller ones measure 24" x 8.5.
Three Piece Vintage Asian Gravel Art Set Mid Century Modern. The large one measures 36" x 12.5. Smaller ones measure 24" x 8.5.

Mid Century Modern 1960s Glass Tile Mosaic Wall Hanging Art

This artwork is stunning! Fantastic mid century glass mosaic that would be perfect in any mid century modern or danish modern decor. The frame is painted brown and is easily refinished or repainted as it shows minor age, use and wear.
This artwork is stunning! Fantastic mid century glass mosaic that would be perfect in any mid century modern or danish modern decor. The frame is painted brown and is easily refinished or repainted as it shows minor age, use and wear.

By Picturesque, A Beautiful Vintage 1950s Gladiator Gravel Art

This is a cool gravel gladiator with three horses and a large Greek or Roman helmet. This beauty is in good vintage condition; no gravel lost or loose. It is 13 inches tall, 37 inches wide, and 2 inches deep. A true Ben Hur beauty to behold.
This is a cool gravel gladiator with three horses and a large Greek or Roman helmet. This beauty is in good vintage condition; no gravel lost or loose. It is 13 inches tall, 37 inches wide, and 2 inches deep. A true Ben Hur beauty to behold.

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