Mosaic Tile Mounting Paper 10 sheets

mosaic tile mounting paper 10 sheets
Price: $2.46

Mosaic Tile Mounting Paper 10 sheets is for temporarily mounting mosaic designs for rapid installation using the indirect method. NOT NEEDED FOR BEGINNERS. Most artists glue each tile directly on the surface they are covering and do not need paper. The paper can be used with and without mounting grids. The paper is 1.15 square feet. Note that the paper isn't ordinary brown wrapping paper or even brown kraft paper. It is especially designed to resist wrinkling and tearing when wet, and anyone who has tried to use ordinary brown kraft paper for mosaic mounting can tell you this is essential.

Product Specifications

  • 1.15 square feet
  • resists tearing and wrinkling when wet

Indirect Method


Mosaic tile can be glued one at a time DIRECTLY to a surface, or you can lay your mosaic out on a temporary surface in what is called the "Indirect Method." Temporary surfaces can include things like fiberglass mesh, paper, adhesive contact paper or trays filled with lime putty. When paper is used, it is temporarily glued to the faces of the tiles and is removed after the sheet is pressed into concrete.

Why Use The Indirect Method

Why would you want to use the Indirect Method? It is easier to lay up your mosaic design at your work table than it is to lay it out on a floor or vertical wall. Also, you can work for days or weeks at your work table laying up the mosaic without tying up the location where the mosaic will actually be installed. Again, none of this is necessary for a beginner laying up a small craft project like a trivet or a mosaic mirror.


The following is how to do the indirect method using our grids and mounting paper. Note that instead of using a grid, you can draw your pattern on the paper itself and glue the tiles to it face down. Remember the paper is only temporary, so the faces of the tile are stuck to it leaving their bottoms exposed to be pressed into mortar or permanent adhesive once you lay up the entire sheet or sheets necessary to hold your design.

  1. Place glass mosaic tile into the grid face up, filling up the grid with your design.
  2. Dilute water-soluable glue such as Elmer's Glue with 3 parts water to 1 part glue.
  3. Paint the water soluable glue onto the mounting paper using a small artists paint brush. Use a light coat to avoid wrinkling the paper.
  4. Lay mounting paper onto the face of the tile, careful to avoid wrinkles.
  5. Allow sheet to dry completely and remove from the grid.
  6. Spread thinset mortar or mosaic adhesive on the surface to be mosaiced.
  7. "Butter" the bottom of the sheet of tile with the same mortar or adhesive. Of coarse, you butter the bare glass bottoms of the tile, not the paper.
  8. Press the sheet of tiles into the adhesive-covered surface with the PAPER ON THE OUTSIDE.
  9. Allow the thinset or adhesive to cure for 24 hours.
  10. Mist the paper until it is soaked and peel it off the tiles.
  11. Grout the mosaic.

More Information

For more advice on designing your mosaic project or cutting and grouting tile, please see our Mosaic Frequently Asked Questions or our List of How-to-Mosaic Pages, which are described by topic.