How To: Make a Mosaic

If you saw last week’s bit of “fast art,” you know I’ve been hanging out at Mosaic on a Stick lately, learning the ropes. In the process I’ve gained a great deal of respect for the creativity involved in making a really stunning mosaic. While many people consider mosaics to be a sort of craft, enthusiasts know that it can also be high art, in the right hands.

The tradition of making mosaics goes back centuries, and when done correctly they can last for centuries as well. Across much of Europe and North Africa you can visit mosaics that date back to the Roman Empire.

Making a mosaic is surprisingly easy, once you have the right materials in place. Check out this “how to” slideshow. And once you’ve finished, check out the mosaic art of people like Sonia King, Emma Biggs, and Brooks Tower.

(p.s. Many many thanks go to Lori Greene, owner of Mosaic on a Stick, for humoring my quest for knowledge, and for being my hand model for many of the photographs.)

  • Jane Bingham

    Terrific piece on mosaics! Do you know Marjorie K. McNab’s marvelous mosaic murals(huge ones) by the elevators on each floor of the Milwaukee, WI state office building?She was a Prof. in the art dept. at U of W- Madison for over thirty years, I think,and still lives in Madison .

  • Joanna

    Love it! Thanks Marianne and Lori!

  • Stephanie Vagle

    Makes me want to try my hand at a mosaic. Well done!!

  • Kathy Mellin Grubbs

    I highly recommend this article!

    It has motivated me to return to one of my favorite hobbies and creative outlets. It is an art form that anyone can try, with gratifying results.

    The Mosaic On A Stick studio has proven to be my favorite resource in the Twin Cities for Mosaic classes, supplies, and inspiration for my own projects.

    Lori Greene’s dedication to Community Art has made Saint Paul and Minneapolis a brighter, more fascinating urban landscape, and has made art accessible to everyone, even if you’re just driving down the street!