What is mosaic?

Have you ever seen a picture or design made out of tiny bits of tile or colored stone?  Pictures made in this way are called mosaics (pronounced mo h-ZAY-iks).

For more than 2,000 years, people have been making brightly colored mosaics to decorate the walls, floors and ceilings of buildings.

Pieces of Glass

To create mosaics small pieces, called tesserae, are fitted together in a picture and held in place by cement.

Bits of colored glass, tile, pebbles, and shells can be used as tessarae.

Making a mosaic takes a great deal of patience.  One mosaic may have several thousand tiny pieces in it.

You can make your own mosaic by drawing a design on a board or piece of stiff cardboard and gluing on bits of colored tile, pebbles, or even seeds.

After the glue is dry, fill the cracks with plaster of Paris or tile grout.  Mosaic can be used in many ways—for not plates, trays, or even as pictures on the wall. – Dick Rogers


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