How to Create Mosaic Pictures

By Liza Hollis ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Tile
  • Grout
  • Mortar
Color tiles broken and fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Mosaic pictures are all about using smaller pieces of materials like tiles or stones to make a bigger picture. Mosaic art dates as far back as the 4th century B.C. They are often used in interior design on surfaces like walls and furniture, but they look excellent framed as well. Creating your own mosaic can be a challenging exercise in abstract thinking, but it can also yield very creative and beautiful results. This guide will detail how to create your own mosaic art with tiles.

Decide what type of picture you would like to create.

Select your ceramic color tiles to use for your mosaic. You can buy small color tiles, or you can break up larger tiles for a nice puzzle-piece effect by smashing them against a hard surface.

Lay out your tiles to create a blueprint for the picture you would like to create.

Lay mortar to the surface you would like to put your mosaic on.

Place your tiles onto the mortared surface in your desired design plan.

Allow the mortar 24 hours to dry, then grout. Follow the directions on your package of grout to properly seal in the gaps between your tiles.

Wipe your new tile mosaic clean with a wet, heavy duty sponge.

Warning

Wear goggles if smashing tiles!

About the Author

Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including USAToday.com. Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.