Monday, December 21, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Today I started mosaicing my "welcome" sign. I'm using WEDI Board as a substrate-I was told to use thinset on the sides to make them strong and not dent-so I did that. I like to put borders around my pieces first to give me an edge to mosaic in. I like the rectangle ceramic pieces from Wits End. I'm going to be using mostly stained glass for this and some mirror for the letters.
I had some thinset leftover so I worked on my birdbath that has been neglected in my studio (I've had other things I have been working on) It was nice to get most of the base done. One tip I learned about was to put a dollop of Weldbond in the thinset to make it a little creamier to workwith also to keep stirring it so there you get more "open time".
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This weekend I finished mosaicing/grouting my picture frame. I used a premade frame, used stained glass, ceramic tile, mirror, marbles and some metal charms. It took me 11 hours from start to finish-it was a fun little project to do. This will be a nice present for our art guild gift exchange.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I also finally received the frame for a counter/bar mosaic I am doing-I had it custom made to fit in a window area. So....the fireplace is on the back burner as I start to plan out what design and tesserae to use for the counter. This will probably be the biggest challenge I have had. The counter is 8 feet 7 inches long and 23" deep at the widest part. I also need to make sure that the top is flat. Here are pictures of the metal frame and one of the designs I came up with so far.
Quote of the day
"Before I tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am." -Let your Life Speak
Song of the day
10,000 miles by Mary Chapin Carpenter (I like her style of storytelling)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Today I finally finished mosaicing my piece. I'll probably grout it tomorrow.
I like how the andemento turned out-I was not sure if it would be interesting enough by just using white in the background but I think there is enough interest with the different shades of white. The biggest challenge on this piece was getting it to be symmetrical-it ended up being a little off in the flower area - hopefully by grouting it won't make that area stand out even more.
My next project is a small one-I belong with the art guild in my area and we are getting together next month for a holiday party and we need to bring a piece of art to exchange. I was thinking of mosaicing an interesting picture frame in a monochromatic color theme. I don't think it will take long and may even be fun doing a small piece.
"Because you do only get one life, and if someone can give you a tour of a road not taken, why would you not seize the chance." -Ann Marie MacDonald
Song of the day
"Regrets" by Mendelson (it's one that I've been practicing on the piano and has wonderful emotion to it)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I am still working on my piece-just started the background I am doing the ademento in Opus musivum style. I wanted to have this finished at the end of October-Oh well. I also have my daughters piece almost done, I ran out of metal beads that are going on all the diamond corners.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Finally back at blogging again!
I have been working on my daughters mosaic for her room.
It will consist of 3 8x8's on Wedi board. The common design on each is the fleur-di-lis symbol because she just went to France for 3 weeks this summer and fell in love with France and anything to do with the country.
I'm pulling colors from her room and trying some background techniques that I have been wanting to try out. In the picture you can see the first one is almost done (I still need to grout and add some "bling" dots after grouting). The other two are in the works. The diamonds were a bit of a challenge. I had to make sure I had the right size to give it the balance. It was difficult to cut around the fleur di-lis symbol. I marked where I need to cut then used a glass cutter and running pliers along with wheeled nippers. I did get better as I progressed but it was very time consuming. All in all it turned out okay.
I am looking forward to working on the next 8 x 8!
Quote of the day
"Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher."
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This piece is for a master bathroom that is painted in the same color green as the stems. The bedroom you see from the space is painted in the grey blue colors.
Today was an errand day. I went to j ring to purchase glass and beads for my next few projects. I somewhat started on my next one. I was cutting stained glass into diamond shapes and I am definetly learning from that experience!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
September 8, 2009
Back to school day! I can't believe that I have a junior and senior in high school. I still remember how I was both excited and nervous on my first days of school and its fun to see my daughters growing up and going through the same experience.
Today feels more like a beginning day for me also. I finally get some time to really focus in my art studio and don't feel the guilt of spending time in there.
I am getting very close to finishing my piece with the white flower. I never thought that the background was going to take as long as it has. I did want this finished the first week in September. Oh well.
I was not able to blog for quite a few days since we were busy with family things and had a really nice visit with family over the labor day weekend.
Quote of the day (I read this last night)
"Don't be afraid to fail, to make something ugly or what you consider to be bad. Every piece of work you create is just a step towards the next one. Every piece is an experiment, don't worry about making a masterpiece each time."
Song of the day
Sonatina in G Major-Beethoven
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
September 2nd, 2009
I did not get any pictures taken today but was able to work on my flower mosaic for about an hour and a half. I'm continuing with the lighter cinca tile even though I'm waiting on my order to come in for the dark. I also ordered a sealant to apply to the cinca tile when I'm done. It's been suggested to do this before grouting.
I still want to sit down and plan out my next mosaic. It's just been very difficult until school starts for our teens will I have uninterupted time. It's been a bit frustrating trying to keep up with everything right now. I'll keep plugging along.
Song of the day
"Free to be me" by Francesca Banescelli (I think that spelling is right)
Quote of the day
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better"
Monday, August 31, 2009
Quote of the day
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory" -Betty Smith
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
August 24, 2009
What is it about mosaics that draws so many of us to this medium? Is it the texture? The meditative movement of nipping and adhering? The unbeleivable amount of colors that surround us? etc... Whatever it is I am becoming addicted to the art form. I even dream of designs and colors and sometimes (like last night) I can't sleep because my mind keeps thinking of new ideas and trying to figure out how to apply that to mosaics.
I'm sure most of you go through the same wonderful experience and isn't it fun!!
Today I was able to get more done within the hour and a half then I thought I would. I like how the flowers are coming together, also I like the colors and how well they are working together.
I had a little oops happen when I was cleaning up glass bits around the mosaic (with a vacuum-why I was using this I don't know) and I sucked up one of my leaves that was not glued down-so I had to make a new one-it was kind of funny.
For the background I hope I can come up with how I want the andemento to flow. You can sort of see that I started an idea with a blue-grey cinca tile. I'm cutting the squares into 4 long lines to follow around the flowers. I hope this will work okay. I'm thinking of also mixing in some karma and sunshine tiles to add interest.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow-I'm going to my ladies night. A group of us get together to bring in our current project to discuss and ask questions, it's a wonderful way to share what each of us is doing. Also it's nice to work along side other people when this can be such a solitary art.
My song of the day was one that MPR had on this afternoon
Farewell to Strommes by David Russell (I love acoustic guitar music!)
Quote of the day (I have this on my bulletin board)
"Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it." -Goethe
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Way too beautiful of a day to be working in the studio, also we had a picnic we were
invited to at a friends cabin. Sooo nice to visit with people we have not seen for quite a while.
I did want to mention a few mosaic things today though:
1. A few days ago I received Britt Hammer-Dijcks beautiful book
MOSAIC-finding your own voice. I thank you Britt for putting together such a wonderfully inspiring book. I highly recommend it!! (I've just read part of it, but have looked through all the pictures, and I am looking forward to sitting down and reading the rest).
2. Yesterday I did discover something that was helpful for adhering small pieces to wedi board.
I did not like how thick the weldbond was coming out of the tube so I squeezed some weldbond into a small plastic bottle with a small tip on. I picked these up a few years ago at an art store, I was planning on using them for acrylic painting. These worked perfectly for squeezing a small amount of weldbond to adhere tiny pieces of vitreous tile to wediboard.
Song of the day (I was in a summery mood hanging by the lake with my hubby and good friends)
"This is home" by Lucy Kaplansky
Quote of the day
"Where there is a lack of other connections, of meaningful moments, in our lives, music can often fill the gap."
-W Somerset Maugham
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
I've decided to document by pictures and blogging a year through mosaics. I feel this will help me learn and grow as a mosaic artist. It is wonderful to see and hear the beauty in the world and to share it with others. It is so important to each of us to find that creative force within us. Art helps to see the beauty, and music helps us hear the beauty. Through this next year I will try to blog each day about my journey through mosaics and music.
Here's a quote I found from my first art instructor.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than be the one's you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails.
Explore, Dream, Discover"
-Jackson Brown Jr 1990