Pebbles, Rocks and Beach Pebbles
Pebbles, rocks and beach pebbles provide and excellent option for outdoor tesserae as they are durable and hard-wearing. The natural colors that are found on beach pebbles blend perfectly with garden based mosaics and are fantastic for creating mosaic garden stepping stones.
Many beaches and rivers that have beautiful polished river rocks and pebbles on their waterbeds are protected. People who remove natural products like rocks and shells from some of these areas can receive large fines from the local government protection services.
I advise you to buy these rocks from a distributor; not only will it be a lot easier but you know they have been taken from an area that is not dependant on their support to prevent erosion of a river bed!
You can by pebbles pre-washed and of any particular size, normally in 1kg, 2kg, 5kg, 10kg and 20kg bags.
Pebble and Stone Suppliers
DickBlick supplies a couple of different mixes of natural rounded river pebbles that are ideal for both indoor and outdoor mosaics.
Another interesting approach to using river pebbles in a mosaic is to first apply glue directly to the base of your mosaic in the pattern that you desire. You can then sprinkle crushed pebbles directly onto the glue to create a truly unique textured and colored mosaic pattern.