Building a Mosaic
Building a mosaic is an exciting process! It is meticulous, immersing and creative.
In designing this bathroom mosaic, I considered a number of factors, such as location, lighting and the other colours, tiles and grout in the space. I wanted the mosaic to fit harmoniously in the space, connecting smoothly with the existing tiles and grout as well as contrasting interestingly with the blocks of the brick-glass window.
As the mosaic was to live in a bathroom, a water theme seemed appropriate, leading to a palate of blues, greens and soft yellows and the incorporation of a variety of materials like glass beads, shells, stones, glass and handmade fish and leaf tiles.
After deciding on a design, I experimented a bit by making a small mock-up to get a feel for how the tiles related to each other, with the other tiles already in the bathroom and with the grout.
After I drew the design on large brown paper, I transferred it onto the wall. The first tiles to go up were glass smalti tiles which I had prepared separately using an inverse mosaic building method. Then I was ready to start tiling the rest of the mosaic. It takes a while - many hours of placing tiles one-by-one and nipping corners to fit just right - but it is amazing and so satisfying to see the design come together!
Then comes the messy part - grouting! Grouting and sponging are tiring, intense, detailed and sticky, but in the end, like magic, all the tiles join together as a unified finished work of art!