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Tile Mosaic Mandala

Tile Mosaic Mandala

Mosaic is the art of producing, through small shards or other products, designs and creations of the most diverse.

Each work is unique in its creation and very difficult to be reproduced, because the artisanal work creates motives of the most complex and diversified.

The name mosaic comes from the Latin "muse", which also originated the words "name", "music" and "museum". Like painting and sculpture, the mosaic is among the first cultural manifestations of man, according to scholars and archaeologists.

Here we present the step by step of a mandala in mosaic of tile or tablet.

Choosing the Mosaic Workbench

We make our work on the basis of naval compensation for being the most appropriate material for exposure to time.

We do not advise that the tiles be exposed to sun and rain - not by the base but due to the darkening of the grout.

When the piece is to stay in time, we use instead an overlapping glass.

So you have your mandala, if you use it for a table top, for example, for many years intact!

Mosaic Mandala: Where to Buy Used Material

  • Mosaic tiles: tile cemeteries or art-specific virtual stores
  • Screwdrivers, simple torques: tile cemeteries or art-specific virtual stores
  • Tile cutter
  • Cola Cascorez
  • Grout
  • Acrylic paste
  • Paint: building material store or bazaar
  • Naval Compensation: Logging
  • Cutting of naval plywood

Mosaic Mandala: How To

Place the piece of navy plywood that will be used as the base of the work on a smaller workbench than it, so that it can be cut.

We use for this work the makita or the tico-tico saw. Parts to guide the mosaic drawing

Mosaic Mandala - artist Gerson Portela

Mosaic Mandala - artist Gerson Portela

In this step, we put the pieces that we will work to follow as a guide.

We now define the cuts and colors that we will present.

Once the cut is defined, we can work with a cardboard or thicker paper to remove the mold from the cut and apply it to the part in detail.

Cut tiles with torsion torques

Mosaic Mandala - center

We assemble the parts according to the chosen cut using the sheave torques.

This instrument is most appropriate for the art.
With it, we can give the rounded form and agility to the work.

Mosaic Mandala - Mosaic Collage

Mosaic Mandala - Mosaic Collage

We began to glue the shards that took shape with the belt pulley.

We used to glue these fragments of tiles to extra white Cascorez glue.

This glue is applied with a small brush over the navy plywood base.


Use sufficient glue by not letting the excess "climb" over the tiles.

The glue is easy to grip and quick to dry.

Marking and cutting with different pliers

Mosaic mandala - cuts

Mosaic mandala - cuts

Some pieces have a distinct cut.

In the case of this mandala, we complement the outer circle with several rectangular strips of light tiles.

To develop this cut, we used a simple tile cutter.

With the help of a square, we leave an approximate 1 cm between each stroke, passing the scratcher on every risk to be made.

When filling the tile with all the risks, we will use the pliers for mosaic to cut the pieces.

We place this plier with the center of it in each of the lines created with the tile cutter, making a little pressure.

These parts will come loose from the rest of the tile.

Composition of the Fillets in the Tile Mosaic

Mandala Mosaic part 5

Time to stick these steaks.

Let's face the piece so that we find an alignment for them.

We will position one by one until we close the circle.

Mosaic Finish with Pads

Mosaic mandala - rejunte

We create our Mandala leaving a space to finish in tablets.

This space has been left for this material since the beginning of fillet cutting.

The tablet we use is black and measures 2 cm x 2 cm.


To take off the tablets from the plate, place them for 1 hour inside a container of water.

These inserts can be purchased on a plate and for an 80 cm Mandala, one plate is sufficient.

Then lay them exposed to dry completely before gluing into the navy plywood base.

Finishing of the Tile Mosaic Mandala with Grout

Mosaic Mandala - Finished

Ready! There's the Mandala.

Now we will begin the finalization process.

This part is very important because it will depend on it the presentation of all the work.

Apply Mosaic Grout

In a disposable container, mix the grout (in the case of this mandala we use the straw grout) with a little water.

First put the powder from the grout and add the water little by little.

Mosaic Mandala - Finish

This dough will have to stay a paste.

With the aid of a spatula or a rubber (we always keep our old Hawaiians for this job!) Spread over the entire top of this folder, making several coats until all the work receives the grout.

This material is quick drying but do not worry because it is also easy to remove.

Mosaic Mandala - Finish

After this rapid drying (about 5 minutes), we will wipe a clean dry cloth to remove this mass from the work.

We have to do this thoroughly because if it is not completely removed the entire mass will create a volume thus covering the work.

Mosaic Finishing Finishes

When we cut the naval plywood, because they are wood particles, there are some irregularities such as barbs.

When we finish the grout, we pass a layer of acrylic mass to leave the perfect job.
This mass dries in half a day.

After the complete drying, we pass a sandpaper on the circumference of the base to leave it smooth and we apply the paint for finishing.

Mosaic Mandala

Mosaic Mandala

Ready! Your mosaic is finished and perfect!
To the next!

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