Thursday, February 14, 2013

AlphabeThursday - M is for Mosaic


 

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...

22 comments:

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Eternal Dance is a beauty... and so is the bird bath! I bet the birds would love taking their baths in it! I've always admired mosaics too, and one of these days I'm going to make one! Your table is a cutie too!!

Duni said...

We have a mosaic on the floor in the living room - it looks like a sun!
That must've been fun making the mosaic table! The bird bath is so beautiful :)

Lmkazmierczak said...

Beautiful blog♫ Mosaics are fascinating! I chose Mosaic for my letter M: http://lmkazmierczak.blogspot.com/2013/02/mosaic-mosaic.html

myfluffybunnies said...

Wow, these are beautiful. We have a piece we picked up on our honeymoon in Greece, just a small mosaic dish, and it is still one of my most favorite things.

AntiquityTravelers said...

Oooh I love mosaics! and I'm with Sarah - the Eternal Dance is gorgeous!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

i love mosaics! i saw one years ago on someone's patio and i think it was one of the prettiest things i've ever seen...

Tracy Cook said...

I have a lovely dinner set that a few years ago I smashed a couple of plates I was going to make trivets but never got around to making them . Wish I had now

Jesh St Germain said...

Whar a great post! Love the Tango mosaic!

Carol L McKenna said...

Wow! What a great post for M ~ Your mosaics are beautiful! ~ Lovely ^_^

Carol of (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Natasha Hoover said...

There's a cathedral basilica (no, that isn't a redundancy!) in St. Louis, MO that has the most mosaic'ed area in the world. Or something like that. Anyway, I've been lucky enough to visit twice and it's beautiful.

mrs. c said...

Lovely photos. I think mosaics are such a beautiful art form. Thank you for sharing these photos.

Helen said...

Stunning, my mouth waters with delight. Such colour and intrigue ... How do they do that? Gorgeous _/\_ x

Memories for Life said...

Mosaics are so pretty! I love all the different designs and ideas that come from them.

Peg said...

I have never tried mosaics but the ones you show are beautiful and your post makes me want to try making a mosaic. I like all the bright colors of the tiles. The fact is I like any kind of art.

Crafty Gardener said...

Beautiful mosacis.

Nancy said...

Fun! I too was impressed with all of the mosaics of Italy and Greece. It's so interesting that many European cities have mosaics inlayed into their public sidewalks like it's nothing! Can you imagine having to rip up the sidewalk to do something with the sewers or something and then having to replace that every time?? Crazy!

Sue said...

When I was a child, our kitchen table was a mosaic tile one. It was such a cool piece!

=)

Pondside said...

I think the birds would love a mosaic birdbath!

Tatiana said...

woww, these are all so gorgeous! I'd never have the patience to make a mosaic, but I admire those who do.

Erin said...

I love mosaics too! These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Pride In Photos said...

Yes, I LOVE mosaics too! This is something I have looked at for years but never tried my hand at it. Thanks for sharing yours.

Jenny said...

That bird bath is really magnificent!

I love the flow of pattern you've created!

You are just incredibly artistic, my dear!

Thanks for linking.

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