Wall mosaic

1wandererMay 3, 2013

Moving to this house shortly and I want to do something with this wall.
I thought of mosaicing the top
I also thought of doing a mosaic border of some sort along the wall about 8" or 10" high, probably with assorted media - broken bits of crockery, tiles, 'found' bits and pieces etc so it will not be a 'flat' surface

I also want to incorporate somewhere some fun bits like half cups/bowls that I can put some small plants/succulents in.
Oh and I also want to paint the whole wall terracotta or mediterranean blue or something exotic.
TOO much grey atm. Very dull

My question is should I use something like a small tile as an edge top and bottom to contain the random thickness mosaic inside?
Or if I tile the top of the wall and down to the bottom of the first layer of blocks I would just put a straight line of tiles under?
Probably not explaining myself too well here sorry

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Oh what a wonderful wall - empty canvas. Re the painting b/f the mosaic, I advise against it. I painted my Lady of Guadalupe Shrine b/f I put a few pieces of mosaic on, and some of them have come off. Remember you'd be mosaicing onto paint, which tends to come off/chip. My suggestion is to mosaic right onto the wall, then paint what's left. It w/be beautiful from your description. I wouldn't worry about the different textures/thickness of the tess - the different levels w/create interest, even though it's a nightmare to grout. Let your imagination run wild, and be sure and show us WIP pictures.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 9:14AM
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Wonderful empty canvas, as you say, Slow. Wow, I would love to have a similar wall just waiting for mosaic to happen to it. I would mosaic the top and down to that line a la Gaudi, the only straight line of tiles would be the lower edge. I would indulge myself with curved, bulky pieces for the top, (half bowls, half cups, etc.). Then I would paint the rest of the wall either pale blue or terra cotta. It's going to be beautiful. I would use thinset for the adhesive and perhaps Rustoleum paint for the lower portion of the wall. Please please post pics as you go!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 9:52AM
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Good advice, SILVA. I forgot to say use thinset. Oh, BTW - I w/also put some kind of hanging water feature on the wall and do a real fantastic mosaic surrounding it. Google for ideas on wall water features. Here are some ideas.
water feature
water feature
and one of my favs
water feature

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 9:26AM
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Wonderful idea. Especially love that last link . . .

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 9:43AM
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Well, we've been in the house about 2 1/2 months now. Had major works done inside and are now tackling the outside (we are now into Spring here)
We painted the wall and I have decided to just mosaic the top otherwise way,way too much work!
So here is a preview.
I have absolutely no idea how long this will take as I can only do it when this area is shaded. Today when I started my tile glue was drying on the knife before I could even get it on the tile!
So early morning.
And then later evening with glass of wine in hand (should be interesting lol)

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 5:47AM
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The Beginning............

I do not know how this will end up.

No preplanned design.
And no idea.

Oh well it will be fun anyway :)

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 5:50AM
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And THAT's what matters. If you like it and enjoying doing it, what else matters. W/be an interesting project to watch. Love the blue paint.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 8:55AM
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Oh it looks like it is going to be so fun!!!

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 7:32PM
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You are off to a great start!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 3:53PM
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Yes looks like a great beginning!!!

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 11:38PM
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Keep us posted! Love the blue paint.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 11:17PM
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