How to Make a Gaudi Inspired Mosaic


Antoni Gaudi lived from 1852 to 1926. He was a famed Spanish architect whose constructions and mosaics are still well known. His work was inspired by Gaudi's religious beliefs and his passion for his city, Catalonia, Spain. Gaudi was one of the first to use discarded ceramic tile in his work. Though it may be difficult to reconstruct his work identically, it is possible to gain inspiration from Gaudi and to make your own unique pieces based on his mosaics.

Things You'll Need

  • Pictures of Gaudi's work
  • Sketch paper and pencil
  • Ceramic tile pieces
  • Glass pieces (optional)
  • Cement
  • Tray
  • Damp cloth
  • Trowel
  • Study Gaudi's work. Look at pictures of his mosaics if you cannot visit his originals. Explore his art and pick out those that most interest you. Try to determine what about those favorites draw in your attention. Ask yourself how you feel when you look at them and try to figure out what specifically in the mosaic causes those feelings: certain colors, shapes or patterns?

  • Think about your own mosaic. Sketch it out on paper and think about the sketch and whether it inspires you the way that Gaudi's did. Modify it, if necessary, until it elicits the feelings you wish. Choose colors of tile and glass that fit your desired look.

  • Mix cement by following the instructions on the cement container. Usually the mixture will contain equal, or close to equal, parts water and cement mix. Stir until the cement is smooth. If you spill cement on anything, including yourself or the floor, quickly wipe away the mess with a damp cloth or paper towel. For this reason, you may want to complete this project outside, or cover your work areas with disposable materials to keep them protected.

  • Fill a tray with cement and spread the cement smoothly and evenly with a trowel. Using your drawing and Gaudi's mosaics as guides, lay the tiles and glass pieces over the concrete until your design is complete. Do not work too slowly, or the cement will begin to dry.

  • If cement gets on the tiles while you were laying them, wipe them off as soon as possible with a damp cloth. Once the bits of tile and glass are in place, allow the cement to dry completely.

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