I've always loved mosaics, and was so intrigued when we went to Italy. There was so much of it to see, you could look for hours. When we toured the Sistine Chapel we saw lots of mosaics on the floors and walls. This was my favorite piece - it's so beautiful, it looks like a painting.
I've even tried my hand at mosaics here and there. When we were tearing down some walls at work, there was extra tile from the bathrooms that were being throwing away. I brought some home and used it to cover a round piece of glass. Here’s the mosaic table I made! That was over ten years ago.
If you're interested in doing mosaics yourself, one of the best places to find tile is on Etsy. I love these colorful pieces with straight edges, sold by Katie at Katiedesigns4u. They were made from Chinese plates. What great patterns!
Chris from Mosaic Renaissance sells both cut mosaic tiles and finished products. These pieces (above) are from a pattern called Sango Tango by Sue Zipkin.
Here’s my favorite finished mixed media piece by Chris called "Eternal Dance." It weighs 18 pounds and measures 18" x 29". Gotta have a strong stud to hang that on!
Another favorite piece of hers is this mosaic Bird Bath with Sunflowers. Chris lives in Chicago and teaches at schools with special needs populations. Visit her Etsy shop and her blog, at Chris Zonta Mosaic.
And of course, come by the AlphabeThursday schoolroom over at Ms. Jenny’s blog, ... Off On My Tangent...