I’ve wanted to make a permanent mandala with cement and grout for a long time. Last week while hiking I came across a decidedly ugly pile of broken tiles along side the beautiful river. I put as many as I could carry into my backpack and headed home.
The opportunity to put them to use in a meeting place farm house soon came about. How do you do a mosaic tile mandala?
Real simple. You lay a one centimetre layer of concrete the size of a dinner plate. You poke in the tiles, starting from the centre and establishing the core pattern of your mandala. The tiles can stick out a bit, because later you will cover the entire thing in tile grout. The, you add ring after ring of 1 cm concrete to your centre– adding tiles and pattern with each round.
A day or two after, you mix your tile grout and layer it on to fill all the spaces in between. You can use a sponge or rag to aid the dispersion. A few days later your mandala is dry and solid as a rock. And that’s it!