Tag: color scheme

  • Color Constraints and Background Colors

    Quinn's Coop Rooster Mosaic pre-grout by artist Linda Lawton.

    Many artists like to choose background colors after the central figures have been tiled. It is best to tile from the middle and work toward the edges to avoid awkward spacing between at key focal points, but you should not leave the color choices for the background as a complete afterthought. Nor should you have […]

  • Mosaic Tables and Interior Design

    Mosaic Coffee Table integrated with interior design.

    Artist RJ Spurr recently completed two mosaic tables for his home, and I wanted to share them because the level of craft work is excellent, and the designs are integrated with the color schemes of rooms where they were installed. The great thing about dry indoor mosaics is that you can use wood as a […]

  • Mosaic Letters and Numerals

    Mosaic Street Number Plaque

    You can make mosaic street numbers and signs using a grid, but mosaics made from irregular shapes of non-gridded tesserae are more interesting, especially if you use concentric andamento for the background surrounding the figures. Sara Sommers emailed us some pictures of her mosaic street number plaque, and it is made from cut pieces of […]

  • Kitchen Backsplash Mosaics Using Original Designs

    Kitchen Backsplash Mosaic Detail

    If you search Google Images for “kitchen backsplash mosaics,” you can see some good work, but you will also see way too many photos of beige and gray tile work that really doesn’t help too much in the way of inspiration, especially if you are wanting to make an original figurative mosaic or use colors […]

  • Staining Grout With Acrylic Paint

    Staining Grout with Acrylic Paint

    Mosaicists sometimes mix in artist acrylic paint to create custom colors from white grout, but you can also use acrylic paint to “stain” grout after it has hardened (for dry indoor mosaics). Like the process of staining wood, “staining” grout with paint is a process of wiping on and wiping off. The paint sticks to […]

  • Increase Visual Interest by Using Variegated Colors

    Artist Marie Powell's "Sun Compass" mosaic table top

    You can increase visual interest in your mosaic by using variegated colors (multiple colors in patches or streaks) instead of monochromatic fields of only one color. This technique is particularly effective if your design is relatively simple and made from outlined areas of color like a coloring book or cartoon.

  • Matching Grout to a Room’s Color Scheme?

    matching grout colors

    Choosing a grout color is more of a situation where you want to avoid making a mistake that causes the tile to look wrong than it is an opportunity to tie in the room’s color scheme by selecting some optimal color. A Case Study Recently a customer emailed us the photo above and asked for […]

  • Mosaic Jewels, Gold, and Silver

    Mosaic Gold 24 kt with Faceted Glass Jewels

    The following picture of 24kt Gold Leaf Mosaic Glass Tiles mixed with Faceted Glass Jewels is the best evidence I can point to for our renewed commitment to finding exciting new products for use in mosaic artwork: Ancient Treasures This stuff is pure treasure. It is hard to look at it without thinking of old kings and […]

  • Choosing Mosaic Colors Based On Contrast

    Mosaic Color Study Version 2

    Recently artist Jill Miller emailed me wanting some advice about choosing colors for a mosaic table top she was making, and the design she was a chickadee bird with holly leaves and berries. From her photos and a description of the colors she wanted to use for the border of the round table top, it was […]

  • New Recycled Glass Mosaic Tile Assortments

    Color family assortments of 12mm recycled glass mosaic tile are now available. The 12mm Elementile brand of tile is some of our most affordable tile. It also cuts into extremely small pieces with minimal glass dust, shards or scrap. This is the same tile that I wrote about for use in micromosaic art because the homogeneous […]