This is a really neat way to remodel a bathroom wall, a kitchen or bar back splash, or just make your own art work to hang. It can be done and used in so many ways for so many different looks. The video shown here is of us doing a mosaic on a bathroom wall surrounding an unframed mirror above the vanity. I also created one on the back splash of my bar/kitchen extension I built on my former home. That one was a tropical theme that played along with the ceramic dishes I had painted. It featured a palm tree, sailboat, and dock. The mosaic in the video is our representation of “The Great Wave of Kanagawa” by Hokusai.
Please see our first blog post and video on how to make the glass for the mosaics from re-purposed glass.
-Broken painted glass, we used 2 sliding glass doors worth of glass for this bathroom wall and ran very short of some colors.
-Pre-mixed tile adhesive from your local Home remodeling store, or tile store.
-Heavy Duty Tile Gloves
The first step we did ahead of time was to hang the mirror . We centered it above where the sink vanity was going to sit. Using mirror adhesive in a caulk gun, we applied it to the back of the mirror and positioned it on the wall. You have to tape it on after positioning it until the adhesive dries. Be VERY careful not to scratch the finish on the back of the mirror while adhering it, or it could have a noticeable scratch in the mirror after it is hung. We accidentally did this when we first hung it and had to return it and get a new mirror. You must let the adhesive dry over night and make sure it is propped up with something as well as the tape so that it will not fall off the wall.
The next step is to do a basic pencil drawing of your design on the wall. This takes a few times to get the layout just right usually. It is not worth making a detailed drawing since you will be covering whole sections in glue and will not see your drawing. You should draw only the very basics, making sure to get the dimensions proportionate.
Starting in one area no more than a square foot, apply the adhesive using a small putty knife or even a disposable plastic knife. In our design we followed the curves of the upper wave with tile glue to start. If you are mimicking a picture, make sure you have a copy hanging close by as you will need to look at this often to know what pieces of glass to place where.
The nice thing about a mosaic like this is you don’t have to be perfect! There is plenty or room for your interpretation of a picture or photo. The important thing is to make sure you get the main proportions to look realistic and visually appealing. Of course, that is if you are doing a realistic picture! You could also create a nice abstract design as well. This mosaic process kind of reminds me of painting with watercolors. There is a lot of forgiveness of mistakes in the process as you create. With water colors a little dab of water can almost erase or change the lines you did not like, with mosaics, a “wrong” color tile can add dimension and shading you didn’t know you needed.
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