Mosaic Retaining Wall

The Chirping Frog
by The Chirping Frog
This retaining wall was put in when the basement was poured seven years ago.... I've been looking at that ugly concrete wall for too long. I have a plan..... finally I am following thru...
This is my "lovely" retaining wall that is begging for a decorative touch.
Last fall I used a concrete vertical carving mix and got one tree up....
This spring I added more trees.....
Then.... last week I got started on the "picture"..... I used 12" square slate tile for my water. I wanted the tile to lay horizontally and wanted to run them in a brick pattern.... so... each 12" tile got cut into four pieces.....
Next step.... leaves. I found glass tiles that I thought would work great. Just like when mixing patterns I am trying to keep size and scale in mind so now..... what to do with the sky and ground. Hmmmm! I have a couple ideas and am hoping to get something going this week. Winter is quickly approaching and I need to get it completely and sealed.... What do you think so far?
The Chirping Frog
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  • Khi4813688 Khi4813688 on Feb 26, 2016
    how to make vertical tree on the wall
  • Samra Iara Samra Iara on Dec 25, 2016
    This is so awesome. I just spend a day trying to do small mosaics on a wall just to watch the pieces sag and fall to the floor. The wall is a skim coated block wall. What kind of mortar did you use? Please, share, I don't want what to do. I was using glass marbles and broken ceramic pieces. Thank you for your help.
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  • Sheila McClain Sheila McClain on Apr 14, 2021

    I love this fence and would like to see the finished project. How can I see it? I want to do something similar on a fence as you drive up my drive.

  • Hoo62476631 Hoo62476631 on Oct 29, 2023

    I love this project. Saw the photo ages ago and saved it. Just finally went in search of your methods. I had no idea how intricate and detailed the work would be. I'd love to try it - or something like it. I'll keep digging here to see more details.