How to create a MOSAIC : Peace by Piece

Mar 28

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 :




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


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.


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

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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  1. Lesllie

    March 28th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    March 29th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks Leslie ! It is great fun !!

  3. Lynne Knowlton

    March 31st, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Leslie !
    Colour and style shines through on your blog too. We must be two peas in a pod. Lynne xx

  4. Betty Shepard

    March 28th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    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

  5. Lynne Knowlton

    March 31st, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    You are a hoot, Betty. I almost didn’t post the mosaic angel {for my Dad}, because it makes me so sad to miss him….but the WHITE colour LOVE just had to shine through. I couldn’t resist. White is a great mix with an angel and my Dad sure did shine. Lynne xx

  6. Catherine

    March 28th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    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 Betty Shepard has a point . . . I see a white mosaic in your future. Tints and tones of whites, creams, greys . . .

  7. Lynne Knowlton

    March 31st, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I think I would LOVE IT LOVE IT if you could be my agent, but only if we had cheap vodka/ absinthe to keep us company. haha. Oh the RD memories !!! HILARE !!!!

  8. Sandra Bryant

    March 29th, 2012 at 12:25 am

    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!

  9. Lynne Knowlton

    March 31st, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Haha, too funny Sandra. Isn’t it hilare how we all start off with those ugly studios ( or right on our kitchen table) and slowly MOSAIC-IFY our house to include MANY rooms? I finally built a studio. I didn’t want to risk a vitreous glass dinner mix up. eeeek. Now, it is easier to sneak off to the studio and sip the fancy errrh, cheap, vodka 🙂

  10. carolyn

    March 29th, 2012 at 2:38 am

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

  11. Lynne Knowlton

    March 31st, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    hang in there…lots of yummy DIY mosaic projects coming up. Yippppeeeeee 🙂

  12. Karen J

    March 29th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    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.

  13. Lynne Knowlton

    March 31st, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Karen
    I have seen your work, and it is DIVINE !!! Love it AND we have a mutual friend…Tanya at Mosaic Beach Studio ! She is my bud, I adore her. We sat for ages the other day and talked about how beautiful your work is. Love the pencils !! Big hug, Lynne xx

  14. Maureen

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    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?

  15. Lynne Knowlton

    March 29th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Mo ~
    You are on. Great idea ! Let’s do it !

  16. Tristan

    April 3rd, 2012 at 2:37 am

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


  17. Carol from Simply Beautiful Now

    April 7th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    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!

  18. Lynne Knowlton

    April 7th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I feel your pain, sista 🙂
    I am new to StumbleUpon as well. It was nice to see how similar we are in SU…so it was great to follow.
    Have a great ‘stumble’. :))

  19. Crystal Rubybeets

    April 27th, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Glorious mosaics. I make them too.

  20. Lynne Knowlton

    April 27th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Crystal ! You make mosaics too ? Show me~ I would LOVE to see some pix.Lynne xx

  21. Jessica

    June 2nd, 2012 at 11:56 am

    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?!!!

  22. Lynne Knowlton

    June 2nd, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Hey Jess !
    Shell mosaics are the best-est ever in the whole wide world. Love your idea !
    They were once a tacky thing many moons you may remember ( even tho you are younger than me ! xx) but they have been making a GORGEOUS comeback on mirrors, picture frames and chandeliers.

    Stunners. Go for it !

  23. Tracie

    August 1st, 2012 at 4:17 am

    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!

  24. Lynne Knowlton

    August 1st, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Tracie
    You are right on track, I am the bad gal for not having all my mosaic series posts published in the blog. I have been distracted by squirrels in the treehouse, and summer FUN :)). The first one to be posted will be how to do a mosaic kitchen backsplash. It should be in the blog within two weeks. (if the squirrels stop eating my treehouse). 🙂 Cheers!!! Happy mosaic dayzzz.
    Lynne xx

  25. Tracie

    August 2nd, 2012 at 2:01 pm

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

  26. Tracie

    September 7th, 2012 at 3:37 am

    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……

  27. Lana Graham

    November 4th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

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

  28. Lynne Knowlton

    November 5th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Hi Lana !
    So happy to have you…visiting in my BLOG neck of the woods. LOL. Thanks for saying helllloooo….
    Big hugs!
    Have an epic week !

  29. Lisa

    October 9th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    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!

  30. Lynne Knowlton

    October 9th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    From one mosaic gal to another… I know exactly what you are talking about LISA !!

    It’s so fun, isn’t it?

    Therapy at its best. Ahhhh.


  31. Lori

    November 4th, 2013 at 7:06 am

    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.

  32. Lynne Knowlton

    November 4th, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Hi Lori
    I wrote this blog post so long ago, I forgot to add a link to a newer blog post about HOW to do it. LOL. Thank you for the reminder.

    * I need a high speed injection of coffee STAT*

    Here is the link to a newer post :


  33. Lori

    November 4th, 2013 at 7:46 am

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

  34. Lynne Knowlton

    November 4th, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Tee hee WAS is a good word for it. It is long gone and smashed to smithereens.

    Want to see it now?

    Here it is :

    Woot woot !

    xx MWAH

  35. Lori

    November 4th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    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.

  36. Trizzy

    May 4th, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    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 which causes confusion. For example how one week ago I started my new hobby – MOSAICS. I decided to remove all the stones i’d placed in my garden to prevent weeds (does not prevent weeds and collects rubbish/leaves ugh). Completed that task which lead me to the side garden because ooh now I’m suddenly a gardner and wants to start a vege garden. In order to have a vege garden I must have marvelous nutritious soil. Well that calls for a compost bin. Purchased Compost bin thinking 2-3 days and ill have beautiful compost…….NO NO NO it takes 15 weeks……WHAT??? Hmmmm what is that you say mr internet thingy worms help compost faster. Off I go to get a worm farm. Easy they said. Low maintenance they said.. As long as you don’t fall in love with the worms who are now your pets and therefor you worry over every single little dry/moist/their diet/pests. You get the picture. Looking at the clock I realize ooh I only have 9 more weeks to go before my first compost is ready. What to do in the meantime…..all those stepping stones just sitting there would be great if I mosaiced them to use in my gardens. Full of bright ideas that would put Michelangelo Sistine Chapel ceiling to shame off to the stores I go. I’ve purchased all the tools (not all tools, after learning my lesson on how long I stick at something) collected broken tiles, op shopped dishes. Broken them and placed them in containers. I haven’t used any of those things (of course not). Came across a blog about using cut up dvds for mosaics. Thought to myself that would be not only stunning visually but the mirror reflection would ward off birds etc from my vege garden. Four stepping stones later (I have a one year old who also keeps me very busy also it’s slightly more time consuming then first thought) and OMG i’m still interested and loving it but needed to get more information. Off to mr internet thingy and this is where I found your site. Anyway where was I? lol can you see my problem. Maybe therapist with one of those couches for a nap is needed. Keep up the stunning work
    Lot of love all the way from New Zealand

  37. Trizzy

    May 4th, 2015 at 8:05 pm

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

  38. Trizzy

    May 4th, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    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.

  39. cay ghep rang implant

    May 17th, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    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?

  40. Teresa Dempsey

    May 21st, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    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 those days because most of the bottles held alcohol AND they smashed the crap out of them! Ha

    Thanks again, for great story!
    Cheers from Australia

  41. Emily Martinez

    October 8th, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    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!

  42. Jo

    July 1st, 2016 at 3:55 pm

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

  43. Lynne Knowlton

    July 3rd, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Decisions decisions Jo. So many great choices! Enjoy!

    Lynne xx

  44. meredith

    December 21st, 2016 at 11:56 am

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

  45. Rebecca Crickard rosen

    March 25th, 2018 at 12:06 am

    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

  46. Deborah shulman

    January 3rd, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    I loved this blog


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