Sunday, April 17, 2011
I spent much of Sunday working on my newest mosaic project. With some color assistance from Katrina, its turning out to be a pretty cool mosaic.
My essentials for working on a mosaic - drink (today it was Coca Cola, and remote control - I watched three movies and 5 episodes of Friends). Yes, thats a lot of television, but I'm not mindlessly watching - I'm mosaicing!
Now that I see it, the picture does not do it justice. I will do my best to take a better picture when I complete it...or I'll have Katrina take the picture.
Friday, April 15, 2011
I finished another mosaic today. This is another one that I have been working on for awhile - work on it, put it away, work on it, put it away, finally finish it.
I used black and red Tiffany mosaic glass with black grout on a simple IKEA mirror frame.
Overall, I'm pretty pleased with it. It's a nice little mirror. Katrina think I should have used a lighter grout (I used black), but I think it would have looked to fractured. I did learn one thing from this project, that I should have 'keystoned' the red swirls. This means I should have cut them at angles to make the curves fit together like an arch. Oh well, each project is a learning experience.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I just completed mosaic #3 - Denver Broncos. I started this project around Christmas time. I worked on it, set it aside, worked on it, and set it aside. Finally, this past week I completed the project and painted the frame.
I started the project by working on the Bronco, since it is the main focal point. Once this was done, I started work on the background and Bronco's orange mane.
The letters proved to be the biggest difficulty for me. It took a lot of practice to get the glass pieces cut properly. You can read it, thats what counts!
Once again, I used Tiffany mosaic glass, as thats about the only thing I can get around here.
I really like how the Bronco logo turned out. I also like the colors, especially the deep blue. When I grouted this project, I made a huge mistake. I used white grout. This really blended the white together, but gave all the blue background a 'fractured' look. Only afterwards, when I was desperate to fix it, did I read some basic rules for grout colors in one of my books. I decided to experiment and see if I could mix a batch of grey grout and overlay it on the white. It worked. Now the Bronco looks a little fractured, but I like the look, and the background is not detracting from the Bronco as a focal point.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I completed my second mosaic today. It's been an off and on project since October. I completed the glass work way back in November, but I never sealed or painted the edges or backside. I did that this week.
I used Tiffany mosaic glass and a self basic design for this 'First Star'.