As A Beginner, How Does One Create A Mosaic Design?

As a beginner, how does one create a mosaic design? I think for many people who come into mosaic arts, design is one of the more challenging parts for them. I would always suggest that people start with a design that is very simple...

I think for many people who come into mosaic arts, design is one of the more challenging parts for them. I would always suggest that people start with a design that is very simple, like a square inside of another square or a star. When I teach I always encourage people to come up with a simple design on their own and to experiment with the tools and the setting techniques. Having a very simple starting place for a design is a good way go. We offer designs at our store for people to experiment with and there are lots of great books out there, which can suggest beginning, intermediate, and advanced level designs. Also a lot of people are using pattern books. They are using design inspirations that are out in the world, from nature, from textile arts, from cross-stitch, from graphic design, and other art forms.


As a beginner, the most important thing is to keep it simple. You can always use colors, shapes, and different materials to make your design look more sophisticated. The best trick is to use very simple and crisp line drawing almost like a coloring book and then fill in from there instead of trying to start with something very complicated like following a drawing or photograph. I would say to start with a simple line drawing. But not everybody wants to start with a pattern. You've got people approaching it with the right brain and you've got people coming from the left brain - it's the very broad field. You have people who are attracted to broken tile work and then you have people who are more attracted to the ancient Italian setting patterns where there are a lot of squares. I always tell the people in my classes that if you don't want to use a preset of design, don't. You can just start sticking your pieces down and do more a collage and that's great too. And that's very freeing for some people and a lot of people just gravitate towards working like that, so I would never force anybody to work with a specific design.


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