300+ Mosaic Tips, Techniques, Templates and Trade Secrets

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With information gleaned from years of working for and studying with professional mosaic artists from around the world, this comprehensive guide provides essential information for creating beautiful mosaics that survive the elements and stand the test of time. Offering hundreds of valuable design and construction tips, diagrams, simple step-by-step directions, and photographs, the book explains how to create professional, stylish, and technically skilled mosaics. It contains clear instructions for the most ...

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Overview

With information gleaned from years of working for and studying with professional mosaic artists from around the world, this comprehensive guide provides essential information for creating beautiful mosaics that survive the elements and stand the test of time. Offering hundreds of valuable design and construction tips, diagrams, simple step-by-step directions, and photographs, the book explains how to create professional, stylish, and technically skilled mosaics. It contains clear instructions for the most commonly used mosaic methods, tips for avoiding potential pitfalls, and an easy-to-navigate technical guide with advice from master mosaicists on selecting the materials, tools, and techniques best suited to any mosaic project. Beginners, hobbyists, and professional artists alike will make the leap from mediocre to majestic mosaics with this understandable, uniquely organized reference.

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"Packed with handy time saving tips, technical knowledge, and step-by-step photos, this essential how-to book is perfect for the mosaic enthusiast! Whether you are a beginner or advanced artist, easy preparation, quick fixes, and a variety of techniques will help aid you in your next design."
— "Crafts 'n Things" (April 2013)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570765568
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square
  • Publication date: 9/26/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 214,466
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Fitzgerald is the founder and owner of Maverick Mosaics Art School and Studio, an educational facility dedicated to nurturing expression through the art of mosaics. Her pieces have been juried into editions of the "Artful Home" and the "Guild Sourcebooks of Architectural and Residential Art," and her work and instruction have appeared on several episodes of Home and Garden Television's (HGTV) "Curb Appeal." She lives in Vienna, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

About this book 6

1 Essential preparation 3

Plan your working environment 10

Tools of the trade 3

Consider your substrate 18

Adhesives and how to use them 22

Grout: Choosing and using 28

2 All about tesserae 32

Know your tesserae 34

Choosing tesserae project: Millefiori heart 40

Cutting with confidence 42

Templates: Beasts, birds, and bugs 48

About andamento 52

Andamento project: Letters 56

Tips for laying tesserae 58

Laying curves project: Sailboat 62

Templates: Under the sea 64

3 Research and plan your design 68

Find inspiration 70

Planning and designing 74

Planning project: Checked pattern 80

Composition considerations 82

Mural project: Jungle menagerie 88

Consider color: Tesserae 92

Consider color: Grout 96

Color project: Red pepper 100

Tessellations 102

Tessellation project: Swimming fish 106

Templates: Patterns 108

Templates: The everyday-past and present 110

4 Working methods 112

Direct techniques 114

Double direct techniques 117

Direct working project: Flower 122

Indirect reverse techniques 124

5 Practical applications 130

Outdoor ideas 132

Outdoor project: Shell flower trough 134

Templates: Flowers, foliage, and fruit 138

Glass on glass project: Stained-glass window hanging 142

Finishing and fixing 144

Thinking outside the box 148

Glossary 152

Resources 154

Index 156

Credits 159

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