300+ Mosaic Tips, Techniques, Templates and Trade Secrets

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-09-26
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books

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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, and simple step-by-step directions accompanied by 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.

Author Biography

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 Televisionís (HGTV) Curb Appeal. She lives in Vienna, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 6
About this bookp. 6
Essential preparationp. 3
Plan your working environmentp. 10
Tools of the tradep. 3
Consider your substratep. 18
Adhesives and how to use themp. 22
Grout: Choosing and usingp. 28
All about tesseraep. 32
Know your tesseraep. 34
Choosing tesserae project: Millefiori heartp. 40
Cutting with confidencep. 42
Templates: Beasts, birds, and bugsp. 48
About andamentop. 52
Andamento project: Lettersp. 56
Tips for laying tesseraep. 58
Laying curves project: Sailboatp. 62
Templates: Under the seap. 64
Research and plan your designp. 68
Find inspirationp. 70
Planning and designingp. 74
Planning project: Checked patternp. 80
Composition considerationsp. 82
Mural project: Jungle menageriep. 88
Consider color: Tesseraep. 92
Consider color: Groutp. 96
Color project: Red pepperp. 100
Tessellationsp. 102
Tessellation project: Swimming fishp. 106
Templates: Patternsp. 108
Templates: The everyday-past and presentp. 110
Working methodsp. 112
Direct techniquesp. 114
Double direct techniquesp. 117
Direct working project: Flowerp. 122
Indirect reverse techniquesp. 124
Practical applicationsp. 130
Outdoor ideasp. 132
Outdoor project: Shell flower troughp. 134
Templates: Flowers, foliage, and fruitp. 138
Glass on glass project: Stained-glass window hangingp. 142
Finishing and fixingp. 144
Thinking outside the boxp. 148
Glossaryp. 152
Resourcesp. 154
Indexp. 156
Creditsp. 159
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