I have a soft spot for mosaics. I’ve always loved them, but you really have to be careful when decorating with mosaic designs. You can really only have one per room, two tends to really be pushing it, or things start to look way too busy. Mosaics have the ability to start a conversation. They are so interesting to look at and can truly become the focal point of a room.
True mosaics, made with tile and grout, are costly to make and are very heavy. Hanging a tile and grout mosaic on the wall isn’t very feasible. That’s when I decided I would use fabric scraps and decoupage.
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As always, a full printable supply list and instructions are at the end of this post. For this project you will need the following supplies:
16×20 stretched canvas
Acrylic paint – white
Green fabric in three shades (a light shade, a medium and a bright shade)
Blue fabric in three shades (mostly light blue with a few pieces of two dark shades)
Americana Decou-page Satin or Mod Podge Satin
I used Americana Decoup-Page in Satin finish. Mod Podge works great too, but I wouldn’t recommend using a homemade decoupage on this project. Homemade decoupage has a tendency to yellow over time.
This is not the first time I’ve mentioned that I’m switching my décor over to a more coastal feel. I love the calming colors of the coast; blues and greens make me happy. Two years ago I was finally able to visit Florida, my first time ever…
We stayed with my awesome friend, Jodi, she opened her home to us. This picture is in her backyard:
This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip. My kids walking in the ocean.
I drew a lot of inspiration from that trip. It’s impossible for me to let go of the feeling I had while I was there. In fact, do you remember this painting?
During that trip I was inspired by a piece of art Jodi had hanging in her guest bath.
For this mosaic turtle I had a design in mind, I just needed to create the pattern.
NOTE: The printable pattern is marked with the letters M, B and L. These letters represent the shade of fabric to use. M = medium, B = bright, and L = light.
Because my canvas was much larger than one piece of paper, I taped four together and drew my pattern on that.
First you will need to paint your canvas completely with a coat of white paint. This will help keep any dust, dirt and smudges from collecting on the canvas, as it creates a seal.
Prep your fabric by laying out sheets of parchment paper and placing fabric on top of it. Apply a layer of decoupage to the fabric. This will keep the fabric from fraying when you cut it. When dry, peel fabric off of the parchment paper.
Print off the four-page pattern, trim and tape them together. Once you’ve done that, position your pattern on the canvas and tape in place.
Cut out one section of the turtle’s back fin from the pattern. Using the corresponding fabric, place pattern piece over the fabric and cut out. Apply decoupage to the backside of the fabric piece. Press onto the canvas and smooth out.
Continue this process, working your way up the turtle one piece at a time. Continue working your way all the way up until the turtle is complete.
There is no pattern for the water. Simple start at the outer corner and cut squares and rectangles from the light blue fabric, attaching them to the canvas in the same manner as the turtle. As you get close to the turtle, cut pieces to fit the curves around the animal. Use mostly light blue but insert a few darker shades here and there for visual interest.
When all done, wait 20 minutes after the last piece has been applied, then paint the entire surface with a medium layer of decoupage to seal it. Let dry in a dust free area overnight before hanging.
Hope you like it and it gives you some inspiration!
More beach crafts
If you like coastal decor and beach crafts, check out all of my beach craft ideas here. Otherwise, I’ve picked out a few of my favorites below for you to peruse :)