Quick and Easy Faux Mosaic Art
Quick & Easy Faux Mosaic Art
It’s my favourite time of the month again… time for the Thrifty Chicks project challenge.
On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.
If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.
I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s mosaics challenge. You’ll find links to their projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out the fabulousness.
But first I’ll share my mosaic project with you, which was inspired by something I discovered some time ago at my local home improvement store.
I was wandering around, like I have been known to do, looking for anything cool to catch my eye.
And I found this!
It’s electrical tape in all these fun colors.
I’ve used it over the years in its regular black form for its usual purpose, but I didn’t even know it came in colors.
This is a set of half inch rolls. It comes in sets of 1″ rolls as well.
It’s very inexpensive, and I can imagine it repurposed and reused in so many ways.
When I first discovered this I used the 1″ red version to create my faux tile backsplash in my kitchen.
Supplies used to create faux mosaic art
To create my faux mosaic art all I needed was my electrical tape, an xacto knife, and a $1 thrifted pan with a removable bottom.
You can either use the tape colors as they come or spray paint them whatever color you desire.
I lightened up some of the dark blue and green tape, and used the white tape for the pink.
One light coat of spray paint is all you’ll need.
TIP: lay your tape strips on something plastic before spray painting so they’ll be easy to remove when dry. I used a plastic shopping bag.
Creating Faux Mosaic Tulip
Then I just cut out pieces of tape with the exacto knife to create a tulip shape.
You can just wing it and do what looks good to you.
Don’t worry about the shapes being perfect. It will actually look more like a mosaic if there are imperfections.
I just love projects like that. lol. Don’t you?
Tulips are one of the easiest flower shapes to create, like my repurposed garden tulips.
Then I used some of the dark green electrical tape for the stem.
Here’s how I created the leaves, and I created the flower the same way.
I laid down the tape on my cutting mat and cut the tape to create the shapes I needed.
Once I was happy with them I transferred them onto my baking pan.
Faux Mosaic Tulip Art
Here’s my finished flower on the pan bottom that I spray painted a cream color.
TIP: Using a pan with a removable bottom makes this project much easier.
Once my tulip was finished I started filling in with the blue and green pieces of tape.
There’s no real design to this, again I just winged it.
You really can’t mess this up.
And because it’s tape, you can reposition pieces if need be like I did here with the blues pieces with green along the bottoms.
I decided that the blue needed to come down farther, and it was an easy fix.
I trimmed any edges of the tape that overhang with the exacto knife as I went along.
Then I just sat it back inside the pan, which could be spray painted but I’m keeping the natural silver because I like the way it looks.
I haven’t decided where to hang my faux mosaic art yet, but before doing that I’ll probably use some duct tape at the back to keep the two parts together.
You could certainly glue them together as well.
The last thing to do is to make sure all the tape pieces are pushed down flat.
Supplies used for faux mosaic art
– electrical tape
– xacto knife
– quiche pan with removable bottom
– spray paint (if wanted)
This really is a quick and easy project, and could work with duct tape too… or whatever kind of tape you can think of.
It would be even quicker if you used tape that was already the colors that you wanted, but as usual I used what I had on hand.
Please pin to your favorite board.
Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their mosaic projects.
Just click on the links below to check them out.
Audrey Would: Beach Rock Mosaic Border for the Garden
Itsy Bits and Pieces: A Fun Mosaic Project
Lora B: Create & Ponder: Easy Faux Flower Mosaic Art
Little Vintage Cottage: Rock Mosaic Stepping Stone
Shoppe No 5: Making a Mosaic
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
This is so cute. I like how you used the tape to create the design. It is very creative.
Thanks very much Debra!
Oh my goodness Tuula! This is so sweet!
I love this, Tuula! I have to get some of that tape to play with! Beautiful project!
Thanks Linda! I have to think of more electrical tape projects. It’s so much fun to work with!
I did not see this totally cool art coming with the primary-colored electrical tape. Blew my mind! You are the queen of hardware-store upcycles! Love it all framed with the fluted silver edges of the pan, too. Hometalk feature here you come on this one, Tuula!
Thanks Lora! I sure hope you’re right about that feature. 🙂
Wow Tuula, this is amazing! I love this!! I never would have come up with electrical tape for a mosaic. It’s a great idea, and the fluted edge of the quiche pan finishes it off nicely. I’m with you, I like the silver left as is on the pan too. Sweet project!!
Thanks so much Sheila!
Another great idea. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much Nancy!
Who knew electrical tape could be so pretty! Love this very creative idea, Tuula 🙂
Thanks very much Marie!
Very cute! It reminds me of those mosaic kits you can buy for kids to make memorable stepping stones. Love it!
Thanks Audra! I remember those kits, but haven’t seen one in awhile.
You’ve bested yourself again with such a creative project! It looks EXACTLY like tile mosaics, and it’s so easy! Or at least, you made it LOOK so easy! I wish I had some walls in this open floor plan house I live in to display something like this.
Thanks Florence! It really is pretty easy, certainly easier than the real thing anyway.
You really had your creative, thinking outside of the box hat on for this one, Tuula! Your artistry is amazing!
Thank you so much Gail!