Photo Mosaics are the perfect way to personalize your non-fired mosaic masterpiece. This process allows for you to collage text, pictures, or graphics directly to the mosaic base and mosaic over the images with clear tiles, creating a unique mixed media result. From family gifts to dorm rooms, this technique will take your mosaic projects to the next level. Follow our quick steps below for a simple and oh-so-personalized technique everyone will love.
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1. Select your photos, print them, and position them on your project. For best results, follow the following tips for selecting and placing your pictures.
Remember that the faces in the picture will be covered with clear tiles and grout. If you don't want grout lines on the faces, select zoomed out photos that allow for the entire face to fit beneath one square 1" tile.
Make sure the action in the photo is towards the center. You'll need a border around the picture to secure the photo to the plaque.
If you're printing your photos from a printer at home, make sure to laminate the printer paper before you start to protect the ink. We recommend heat free self laminating sheets.
Place the picture on your project so that you have ample (about 1") border around all edges. This will allow for maximum durability later on in the process.
Glue your photo onto the mosaic surface using a glue stick or other clear drying glue.
2. Once you've glued your photo to the mosaic surface, create a mosaic tile border. Using the mosaic colors you've selected, surround the entire outer edge of the photo with tiles. Use Weldbond to glue these tiles into place.
3. Now it's time to tile over your photos. Before gluing, cover the exposed surface of the photo with Clear Cathedral Nibbles and Bits. Using your Wheeled Mosaic Nippers, carefully nip any tiles to fit them into place. Leave a small amount of space between each tile to allow for grout. Once you have your tiles arranged, glue them with a small dot of Aleene's Glass & Bead Glue. This glue is highly recommended for photo mosaics because it dries completely clear and without any residue.
4. Complete the rest of your mosaic project, filling in with any color or pattern you choose. Once the entire surface of your project has been tiled, grout according to the provided instructions. Use a slightly damp sponge to gently remove any excess grout, then clean the tile surfaces using a glass cleaner.