It’s best to create mosaic tile garden art with a concrete base and not terracotta. Even if you seal the outside of a terracotta pot, with a waterproof sealer, moisture eventually seeps in causing the pieces to fall off while the terracotta pot turns to dust. It’s not a pretty picture…. and if you live with snow and ice, it’s probably a really good idea to store mosaic tile garden art for the winter.
Patience is the key, when you’re tiling a pot, it’s on a curve … chillax. Slow and steady wins the race.
Thinset is the adhesive of choice and is easily found in most, if not all, home improvement and tile stores. Read and follow the directions on the bag or box or … talk to a human in the department for their expertise on Thinset and Grout or again … you could just read the directions on the package.
If the pieces you’re gluing to the pot won’t lay flat, and that’s what you want them to do, cut the pieces smaller until they do.
Let the Thinset dry for a minimum of 24+ hours, before grouting.
Choose a sanded grout color, read and follow the directions on the grout bag or box and mix to an oatmeal consistency.
Grout on. Grout off. Grout off. Grout off … until the grout lines are smooth and the pieces are clean and shiny. Continue to buff the piece with a soft cloth, as needed.
Once the grout is dry (minimum 24 hours) Seal the grout with grout sealer that can be found at home improvement and tile stores.
To extend the life of mosaic tile garden art … reseal with a waterproof sealer, at the beginning of each season.
After Buddy passed in 2009, tilegypsy.com was born as a way to heal my broken heart … such a fine guy … so … Happy 10th Anniversary to us. 😉
Years earlier … my intention was to become a brick and mortar shop-keeper (I was) and tile artist (I am) who taught herself how to design websites (I did) and would live happily ever after until … the universe kept showing me the door … not once, (I’m not a quitter) not twice, (pack-unpack) but 1/2 dozen times. Thanks for your patience, Robbie.
The truth is … my intentions always show up – eventually – and I rarely turn my back on them … this time was different … the wretched (being kind) side of the human element literally forced me – with a good pummeling – to get off my butt and take a completely different path. Bravo. Mara Lee, take a bow, you rock!
What I’ve learned from this saga is simple … be very careful what you wish for … because … there’s no doubt that your intentions will show up and when they do there’s a very good chance – at the start – that they won’t look anything like you thought they would. Insert patience of a saint here. My suggestion after being force-fed enlightenment is … arm yourself with a case of Kleenex, Fiji water and plenty of snacks … that way you’ll have a better chance of riding the courage wave, until you reach the shore. You can do it water boy;) #hidave
From one artist to another … a blast from the past.
Someone stenciled this discarded heart-shaped piece of wood.
It was one of those thrift store finds that immediately got my attention and did not end up in storage. I cut and glued vintage china shards, pink iridescent tile, red mirror tile, silver tapestry tile, green glass gems, a couple of red glass hearts, red lips and finished it off with charcoal grout.
It sold the day it was finished. No regrets, except not keeping it. 😉
Charcoal was a good choice.
Moving on … insert whooshing sound here. “D”
“One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
It’s magical when a piece of wood inspires me. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the objects gathered are still waiting for the rest of the story to unfold. You can’t force these things ya’ know. It’s a real thing. Serious business gluing random objects to an old board. ;)- we’ll see.