How to Make Mosaic Paintings


Mosaic art involves taking pieces of glass, tile, stone, paper or even eggshells and turning them into an image. Children can learn how to use the mosaic technique during art class at school, or at home under a parent's direction. One item children can create is their very own mosaic painting constructed out of small painted tile pieces.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiles
  • Plastic zipper bag
  • Hammer
  • Cardboard
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Ceramic tile grout
  • Wet sponge
  • Place one tile at a time inside a plastic zipper bag and seal shut.

  • Smack the tile gently with the hammer until it breaks in to smaller pieces.

    Note: If you pound the tile hard, the tile will shatter and you won't be able to use most of it.

  • Cut out a rectangle from a thick piece of cardboard. Parents and teachers can use a utility knife to do this. Make the rectangle the size you want your painting to be.

  • Draw an outline of the painting you want to create on the cardboard rectangle. Don't worry about the pencil marks because no one will see them when you finish with your painting.

  • Paint each individual tile with the colors needed to make up your painting. For example, if your painting includes sunshine during the bright of day, you would paint some tiles yellow and others blue.

  • Spread ceramic tile grout inside the outline on your cardboard one section at a time, and then place the tiles on the grout. Make sure the tiles are close together, but not touching. Do this only after the paint has dried.

  • Spread more grout in between the tiles once the entire outline has been completed.

  • Wipe excess grout off of the tiles with a wet sponge. Wait for the grout to dry before hanging your painting.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ceramic tile grout comes in different colors if you don't want to use the standard white.
  • Ask your local hardware store if you can have their broken tiles; then you can get started right away on your painting.

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