How to create a MOSAIC : Peace by Piece

How to create a mosaic... PEACE by PIECE

A Mosaic to Me


what Butter is to Popcorn.

*  BLISS  *

* Seventh Heaven * Cloud Nine * Walking on Air * 

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Was that enough descriptors for you?  I had to look up all those funky words in a thesaurus. There is serious BLISS-FUL-NESS mosaic conversation about to happen here.

Brace   yourself

Everyone has a hobby, non? If you don’t have a hobby, get one for Pete’s sake.

Hobbies are cool.

All the cool kids have hobbies.  Or they drink cheap vodka in their ugly basement.

With mosaic, you can have a hobby and drink cheap vodka in your basement ~ while doing a mosaic.

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You are probably wondering if mosaicists are the most patient people in the whole wide world.


Saintly   patient

Here it goes…the cat is about to come out of the bag….We tricked you.

We mosaicists are not goddesses of patience. NO sir-eeeeee.  Oh contraire.

We are glass-tableware-bits of anything ninja stompers that smash things with streaks of energy.  We will break anything, if it means a beauty mosaic will come to fruition.


How to make a mosaic. Peace by Piece | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | LYNNE KNOWLTON

How to make a mosaic. Peace by Piece | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | LYNNE KNOWLTON

Mosaic work is like therapy.

Therapy at a much higher level of enjoyment.  You don’t have to lay on a sofa and talk to a therapist.  Ok, I made that up.  Do therapist offices really have a sofa ??!!  I bet that only happens in the movies.

If I went to a therapy, and the therapist had a sofa…..

I would surely have a  nap.

There would be no talking going on.

Napping is where it is at.


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Mosaics can have a TWO FOLD LOVE.

You can admire them

and/or you can create them.

I love both options :




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I originally started my design life as a visual merchandiser for Royal Doulton.   I lost count of how many times I accidentally knocked the head off of a figurine.

I have actually CAUSED a figurine head to roll down the middle of a retail store aisle.

In front of the store owner. 

Special delivery.  

Yours truly *

* I bet you are never going to invite me to your home.  I bet you are hiding the fine china at this very moment.


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I have, in fact~ smashed  fine china [ Sorry Royal Doulton ]

I hit it with a hammer.

I created some seriously ugly rockin’ hot stuff back then.

I started covering stupid stuff…like pots…bird feeders, even lamps.  I mosaic’ed anything that wasn’t moving.  Our dog was lucky to escape my gluey fingers.


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Fast forward many years… cassette tapes, pet rocks, disco, bad hair and mosaic conferences.   My mosaic life changed…

Peace  by  Piece

I started to create my own mosaics in our home.  Smart and stupid, all at once.

Good news : Mosaics are permanent and lasting.

Bad news : Mosaics are permanent and lasting.

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For the mermaid project, Michael wished that I had put the faucets in a different place on the mermaid.  I will give you three guesses where he wanted them.  The first two guesses don’t count.

Truth is, little miss mermaid pants is not really my style anymore.  See what I mean about the PERMANENT thaaaang?  I’m forced to keep her.

She was created from about 4 billion blood sweat and tears mosaic pieces.


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Ready to join me on the DIY Mosaic journey?

Get ready…

Mosaic life is one that is pieced together …

a little bit at a time…

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Ready to give it a try ?  Check out this blog post on how to make a mosaic backsplash for your kitchen.

You won’t believe what you will discover about yourself.

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Deborah shulman

I loved this blog

Rebecca Crickard rosen

Well , I love accidental meet ups . I’ve been playing with mosaics for some time time but more seriously the last few years . AlwAys looking for helpful hints .
My garage looks like a mosaic artist /hoarders paradise .
My email is msrebecca59@att,net
Look forward to reading your blog , having a drink and getting creaTive . Cheers


Love the mermaid! I’m getting ready to try a shell mosaic in my shower. What kind of plaster did you use?


I’m about to start the design of my backsplash-can’t decide which way to go!!!

Emily Martinez

I can’t wait to read your blogs, you’re entertaining style already has me pouring a glass of vodka and rolling up my sleeves!

Teresa Dempsey

Love your work, but what really made this an interesting read is ‘How funny your writing style is’. You have more talents than just creating beautiful mosaic pieces or drinking cheap vodka in your basement. The ability to tell a story AND make people laugh is a talent indeed. Very enjoyable read, Thank You! Going to be giving mosaics a go with lots of 100+ year old glass, China and bits and pieces dug up on my farm as a bit of a story about the people who built & settled here. They did a lot of ‘Home Therapy’ in… Read more »

Awesome issues here. I’m very glad to see your post.
Thank yoou a lot and I’m taking a llook ahead to contact you.

Will you please drop mee a mail?


You are seriously funny 🙂 I bet you get sidetracked lots. Two years since someone posted in this section that is a long time in internet years so I hope you still get this comment. Thought i’d let you know that a girl (me) from New Zealand (if you squint you will see us on the map) is reading your blog and loving it. I have a bad habit of starting hobbies/crafts, spending lots of money (I have a spare room dedicated to my ‘hobbies’) then I either get bored, distracted with another hobby or overloaded with too much information… Read more »

Reply to  Trizzy

P.S Really hope that mermaid hasn’t been “accidently” smashed or stolen.

Reply to  Trizzy

P.S.S Go away I can hear you say lol. Incase you were wondering what Trizzy was short for – No you weren’t? Oh heheheh well since you are now. My first name is Tristin, spelt different to your daughters but it’s not a name I come across often let alone a girl.


Hi Lynne….
Via an internet search for “how to mosaic” I found your site and love it! But I can’t find the “How” part. Can you tell me what I need, besides broken glass or little tile or beads. Will modpodge work to seal it or is there something else that’s better? Do you have step by step instructions that I can’t find?
Thank you for making me laugh. I needed it.

Reply to  Lynne Knowlton

Aw…thank you! That was EXACTLY what I needed. Now I know. Your black splash is (was?) beautiful!

Reply to  Lynne Knowlton

BEAUTIFUL!!!! (I want to come live at your house)! And…lol….you get funnier and funnier…(Ikea=Swedish for divorce, be weird; normal is the new boring)….its too early to be laughing this much. Thanks again. The step by step mosaic instructions are done exactly the way I can comprehend. I will be back.

I love your sense of humor – although I can relate to so much of what you say here! Just beginning on the mosaic train myself – I tell people I like to play with broken glass. Well, I do. Looking forward to reading more of your posts and seeing your work!

Lynn… It’s been an enjoyable first meeting. I’ll be back.


Just wondering when I can expect that series on mosaics I was promised?? Apparently, the first one was on backsplashes…………..
Very much looking forward to it……


That sounds great, a kitchen backsplash is perfect and just what I need too….yayyyy damn squirrels…..:)


Hi Lynne,
I love your blog, I just found it and am so excited about the mosaic series. Am I missing something, is there to be step-by-step projects? Can’t wait! Love your sense of humour too!

LOVE LOVE LOVE the mosaic angel…
I had a suggestion for the shower handle-turny thing… I think it was the same as Michael’s!
Boys have been collecting large clam shells. I’ve thought about having them smash them… Shell mosaics. Cool, no?!!!

Crystal Rubybeets

Glorious mosaics. I make them too.

Hi Lynne,

Those are stunning mosaics…love all that colour!

Thanks for following me on Stumble Upon…it looks like we share a taste for beautiful and fabulous things!!! (I’m following you on SU now…still a newbie on that platform, and can’t figure out how to message there to let you know…).

Have a fabulous, colourful Easter!


The last picture is my favourite. He loved it more than anything!! You truly have a gift mamma.


you know that mosaic mirror you created with a bunch of women …… and you said there was some wine involved. i want to do that project ….. in your treehouse. Perusing my calendar right now. Al lof May looks free for me, What say you?

This post had me smiling – the all knowing smile with the head nod:)
From one extremely patient mosaic artist, who’ll break anything for the cause and works in an ugly basement, to another.


Lynn, i just love your mosaics. They are each very special and unique-ly YOU! I look forward to learning from you!

Such a great article, Lynne. I love the mermaid, and the sharing of inspiration. Especially the desire for cheap vodka in the basement, it kind of rang a bell!


Ahhhhh Haaaaaa HAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! Oh, the good old days at RD. I may have broken a plate or two in my day too. This was a favourite post of mine . . . BUT (and it’s a big one . . . you did not do your mosaics justice. You forgot to mention Miss Mermaid’s tail is made of found pennies. (That’s the best part!) And where is the outdoor sink? the back splash? the mosaic persian rug? Do I need to be your agent? All this has given me a hankering for some cheap vodka : ) OOOOH and… Read more »

Gorgeous! I quickly scanned looking for a mosaic in shades of white…came to the present for your Dad! Lovely…..don’t worry I went back and read it he whole blog

These are so pretty! I like the variation in color and style.. Have a fun day 🙂