How to Lay Tile - Mosaic Tile Laying
Always lay tiles for the main subject first and then do the boarder as these tiles are the most important. If you need to cut or move tiles around each other it is easier to do so without the background getting in the way.
When laying the boarder tile of your mosaic, start in the corner and work your way out as the corner tiles are often a little more intricate than the normal side tesserae.
If you are going to grout your mosaic (which most people do) remember to always leave a little gap between each tile or tesserae.
When laying mosaic tile using the direct method, you can either butter glue on each individual piece or lay each one done one-by-one. This process is slow however the results will be very accurate and you can see the effect each individual tile has immediately.
The second approach is to put a small amount of glue on the base (enough for about 6 pieces) and then quickly lay the tiles down.
Mosaic Tile Laying Tips