you want to make your own mosaics? Here is a book that tells
you how to make something impressive. Divided into sections
you can find out about the different materials available,
what tools you need to buy, how to design your project and
how to put it all together. Finally there are ten projects
to make to set you on your way to becoming proficient.
There is a lot in here, from a potted history of mosaics to
experimental modern methods, providing inspiration to learn
the jargon. To a total beginner it is all a bit daunting,
and if you are just looking to get some practical skills under
your belt, a book that starts with making a simple project
might be better. I would recommend this book if you are familiar
with mosaics and becoming moer proficient is what you are
after; this is more like an encyclopedia of everything an
intermediate mosaicist needs to know. This is not a bad thing,
and I was impressed by the exhaustive range of facts available,
things I had not found in other books. There are lists of
instructions detailing what to buy, safety tips, how to lay
out a studio (if you have one), how to look around you for
inspiration, professional works to admire, preparing and installing
your work and much more. I think my favorite part was the
project section, where a number of different methods are shown
in relatively simple projects. Decorate a 3D lizard or dog
sculpture, make a bathroom splashback, cover a table and make
a number for your house. At the back is a list of resources
covering more than the usual countries and a handy index.
This is a great book for anybody who knows the basics and
wants to make something to be proud of.
If you cannot find a good range of mosaic materials locally
for a list of suppliers.