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Canadian Mosaic Instructions

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Find a durable surface
that withstands
outdoor wear and tear

Utilize high-quality grout
(adhesive that
binds and
unifies the mosaic)

Select a
conventional shade
of grout
(it will be neutral
to the eye)

Follow the grouting instructions
thoroughly
Should you omit a step in
the process
you may
risk losing the mosaic
altogether
(you cannot have a solid mosaic
without having a solid foundation)

Go to an arts supply store to find tesserae
(mosaic pieces)

Utilize tile, glass, bone, or even china
(in preferable colours)

Break apart the tesserae into smaller pieces and
sort them by colour

Avoid making mosaic pieces too uniform
(the design will appear
too deliberate)

Do not glue mosaic tiles that are
too thick or
too large
(they may become
unruly and may
threaten to ruin the mosaic)

Scatter the pieces around
Be careful not to mix the tesserae
too liberally

(should too much mixing occur
the resulting effect of the mosaic will be
confusing and
unidentifiable)

Break down the tesserae even further
(if they do not
fit the desirable mold)

Spread the grout evenly so that it
surrounds each coloured tile
(too much force may scratch the surface of the tile and
damage its aesthetic appeal)

You may have to
forcibly remove a piece
(if it is beyond repair)

Find a hard tool to
push and prod
the mosaic pieces into
the desired locations

Use a sealant to
ensure
that the pieces
stay in place

Scour the surface until the mosaic
shines.

Sarmista Das teaches literature at Champlain College and is a part-time lecturer at Concordia University's Simone de Beauvoir Institute, where she has taught a course of her design called "Feminist Spoken Word." When she's not attempting to transform the world through pedagogy, she spends her time spitting verse and splitting stereotypes as a spoken word poet.