Ancient + Digital

June 20, 2012

Design a dimensional mosaic and bring order out of chaos using an ancient art form embraced by 21st C technology

(The following is one of the projects from the Halcyon Arts Creative Room during The Creative Church Conference. Click on photos below to go to the artists’ sites.)

mosaic. (noun)  1. a picture or decoration made of small, usually colored pieces of inlaid stone, glass, etc; 2. the process of producing such a picture or decoration; 3. something resembling such a picture or decoration in composition, especially in being made up of diverse elements.  Proper adj.,

Mosaic: of or pertaining to Moses or the writings, laws, and principles attributed to him.  Origin c.1400, from Old Fr. mosaicq “mosaic work,” from M.Latin musaicum “mosaic work, work of the Muses,”… from L. Musa (see muse). Medieval mosaics were often dedicated to the Muses.   –Summary from entries on Dictionary.com


Felix Culpa John Kohan

Mixed media collage on wooden panel, 53 x 52 c.
The Fall and Redemption depicted in tiles of great art.


Ideas to make a paper mosaic

  • Use leftover pieces of mat board and magazine pages to make a mosaic on mat board
  • Make all the pieces the same size and shape varying only color, shade, and tint
  • Or let the pieces follow the forms and shapes of your subject
  • Or combine the two ideas above
  • Mount magazine images on the mat board, cut apart for tiles
  • Paint the mat board, then cut apart for tiles
  • Use plain mat board for grout, mount your tiles flush with each other, or create your own grout using magazines
  • Add a third dimension – build up
  • Depict a recognizable subject, go abstract, or work a pattern
  • Use text, letters, numbers
  • Make the background a mosaic with a figure or silhouette in foreground
  • Make a Mosaic Mosaic (refer to Moses in your mosaic)


Izzy - detailLin Schorr – Izzy (detail)

A multi level exercise in color and non-representational form made using stained glass and glass rods on a stacked substrate.  29″ x 12″ x 1.5”

Leigh Adams – Transmitted Light Mosaic

Homage to Bill Crite’s Morning on the River is a layered glass mosaic.

Laurie Mika

Anna Vlaminck


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