Saturday, September 22, 2012

Making Mosaics with Children

Mosaics are a great way for children to experiment with combining different shapes, colors, and patterns to achieve a pleasing design. This is a very small mosaic, about 4x5 inches, and a sheet of masonite is used as the substrate. Masonite is very inexpensive yet stable. The sea shells, glass beads, beach glass and small ceramic tiles were first glued to the masonite with Tacky Glue. After the objects were dried in place I mixed leftover tile grout from our bathroom renovation for the background material. I added water to the powdered grout until it was the consistency of peanut butter and pushed it into the areas between the objects with a trowel. This part is a little tricky for small children. The grout will partially cover your objects, but don't be discouraged, as the grout dries the surface can be wiped clean with a rag.

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