- numerous illustrations of mosaic art.
- good explanations of mosaic techniques.
- interesting discussions of the history of mosaic art.
Encyclopedia Of Mosaic Techniques by Emma Biggs This is a useful guide to materials and techniques. The “A to Z of Techniques” section has detailed step-by-step instructions. Projects for indoors and outdoors are included, plus advice on setting up a workshop.
Making Mosaics: Designs, Techniques & Projects by Leslie Dierks A great book for beginners, this title covers different types of mosaic techniques including pique assiette work with broken plates. It also includes unique projects and step-by-step illustrations.
Classic Mosaic: Designs & Projects Inspired by 6,000 Years of Mosaic Art by Elaine M. Goodwin We often give this book as a gift to friends because it has so many good illustrations of a WIDE variety of mosaic styles. Highly recommended for pictures that inspire.
Making Mosaics (Step-by-Step Crafts) by Martin Cheek Martin Cheek is a professional artist and art instructor with impressive credentials. His book is an excellent guide for a beginner with lots of HOW-TO illustrations. Learn how to nip tile, glue and apply grout by looking at pictures.
Making Bits & Pieces Mosaics: Creative Projects for Home and Garden by Marlene Hurley Marshall Home and garden mosaic projects are where many mosaic artists get started, making this a great choice of guides. The projects are easy to follow and use everyday items, like broken dishes, ceramics and glass.
Mixed-Media Mosaics by Laurie Mika Mixed-media, collage and assemblage are a great marriage to mosaics. Highly recommended. The projects range from traditional surfaces like tables to shrines. Includes extensive techniques section and 18 step-by-step demos for all skill levels.
Mosaic Art and Style by JoAnn Locktov Hands-on experimentation is just one part of mosaic art. This book explores the theory, and goes inside the heads and workshops of several artists and explains how the projects were conceived from the artists’ points of view. This is invaluable insight for the technical-minded who wish to boost creative knowledge
Mosaics: Inspiration and Original Projects for Interiors and Exteriors by Kaffe Fassett and Candace Bahouth Uses glass, ceramic, broken china and tiles, mirror, pebbles, seashells, etc. This is not a traditional how-to approach, even though some projects have step-by-step instructions. Will need to be experimental and confident.
Ancient Mosaics by Roger Ling This book has 106 photos (47 color) that are all well chosen. Each illustrates a stylistic development in the evolution of mosaics, from the earliest Greek pebble mosaics to mosaics from different regions of the Roman world to the earliest Christian mosaics. A captivating book.
The Weekend Crafter by Martin Cheek This is perhaps the best book for a beginner. From the questions we receive via email, the biggest problem beginners have is not knowing how to plan a project and how to keep it simple. This book should help tremendously. It also explains how to make your own designs with examples.
The Mosaic Idea Book by Rosalind Wates, Paul Forrester, Martin Norris This is one of the best books for mosaic patterns. There are many designs to use and it is also a great source of inspiration for your own ideas.
Outdoor Mosaic: Original Weather-Proof Designs to Brighten Any Exterior Space by Emma Biggs and Tessa Hunkin Step-by-step instructions and good designs for outdoor mosaics. Detailed discussions of materials and techniques for making mosaics last through rain, seepage, freeze.
Mosaics of the Greek and Roman World by Katherine M. D. Dunbabin This book is reviewed very highly on Amazon for its use of illustrations to explain the history of mosaics in the Graeco-Roman world. Lots of pictures of mosaics in classical styles.
Mosaic Techniques & Traditions: Projects & Designs from Around the World by Sonia King Practical info plus artistic inspiration. Chronicles the history of mosaics in Europe, Africa and the Americas, followed by instructions, materials, tools, techniques and design. Includes five projects of varying difficulty.
Found Art Mosaics by Suzan Germond Found materials are alive, striking and offer a chance for contemplation. Also, found art is recycled art. This is a great way to break out of the limitations of traditional materials and experiment with mosaics in a new way. Includes 27 unique, interesting projects.
The Mosaic Book: Ideas, Projects and Techniques by Peggy Vance, Celia Goodrick-Clarke Unique book combines projects by several artists, from jewelry to floors. Also has photographs of other mosaic work in amazing architectural interiors and gardens-probably the best aspect of this book. The projects are explained step-by-step, and so are the tools and techniques.
Mosaic Crafts: Twenty Designs for the Modern Home by Martin Cheek All of Martin’s Cheek’s mosiac books are well-loved in mosaic crowds, and the latest is no different. This is a set of 20 new designs that all have a clean, modernist feel. Great for those who want simple yet without sacrificing the high-design element.
Mosaic Today: Create Contemporary Projects Using New and Recycled Material by Elaine M. Goodwin Includes 16 great projects and each page features at least one historical mosaic masterpiece with an attached history lesson. Includes color photographs of the finished pieces plus step-by-step instructions. Some experience is necessary.
Beyond the Basics: Mosaics by Elizabeth DuVal Focused on home decor and is a good reference for learning to work on different-shaped surfaces and deciding how to select pieces that produce the best textures and effects. Projects range from shellwork and picassiette to projects for platters, mirrors, patios, backsplashes, memory boxes, lamps, etc.