Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday Mosaic Blog-Day 299

I have been slowly plugging away at my project. I'm finding I only have a few hours a day to dedicate to this. I am starting the background around the flowers. I'm certain of the andemento of the rest but not sure on the colors. I found it a nice touch to bring in the mirror to help with the flow of direction (following the dragonfly). I think I'm going to intermix pale yellow, white and blue together. I wish I would have put mirror on the "hills" to follow the direction. What I am going to try is using apoxy sculpt to adhere the mirror to the top of the tiles since they are different heights-hopefully this will work

Anyways...I need to start putting more time into this so I can complete it this week!

Plan for the week
Tuesday-purchase some pale yellow glass for background.
Adhere some of the extra tiles to small boards for a grout study, I am not sure what color to use yet.
Wed-Saturday-Work on finishing project.
Sunday or Monday-GROUT!!!
Quote for the week
"Believe that you can, but plan. It will not fall in your lap."
-Antonia Novella

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday Mosaic Blog-Day 292

I'm back in the studio after being pulled away for about 4 days with getting things put together for our daughter's graduation and graduation party, also entertaining family. It was so much fun and we are very proud of her!!!

I'm excited to get the three large flowers done with so I can now concentrate on the background of my project for the hospital. I like how it's looking so far, I'm still trying to balance the colors so it's not too dark in some places or too much of one color other places. I'm using a lot of different materials and andemento. I'm thinking of doing the "grass" area with blocks of green materials and the background around the large flowers more flowing with larger pieces. Also I am going to be putting letters making the words of the title "Sweet Child of Ours" in the piece. I've never done that before and think it would be a nice touch.

I'm thinking it would be great to get the piece done by next Monday so then I can grout it next week!! (Ahead of schedule!)

Plan for the week

Everyday work on the piece with Sunday off hopefully with have it finished by next Monday!

Quote for the week
"There are no miracles to the man/woman who does not believe in them."
-French Proverb

Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday Mosaic Blog-Day 285

Well it was bound to happen at some point-I forgot to blog last Monday.
I was still in vacation mode with memorial weekend and it was my daughter's 19th birthday.

So...a lot has happened since the last time I blogged.
We had our mosaic guild opening last Friday. It was so much fun to be a part of and we had a lot of people that were coming through to view the pieces. I can't get over the talent within our group and everyone definitely has thier own style.

I said yes to doing another mosiac for our local hospital! It is quite an honor to be asked to do another mosaic for thier labor and delivery area. I made up some sketches and one was approved so I am already working on it. They wanted a piece that was pastel and light in color. So I went with the light purples, greens, pinks and blues. The piece will be called "Sweet Child of Ours" since after I drew the sketch the flowers reminded me of lollipops. I thought it would be nice to have a mother and father flower with a baby flower, since it is in the maternity wing.
The materials I'm using are vitreous tile, beads, marbles, buttons, metal charms, pearls, mirror, karma tile and stained glass. It is a 20" x 30". I'm having fun with the colors and the cute theme! I have a due date of July 1st. So my goal this week is to complete the flowers, so that next week I can get to the background.

Also I finished my smalti piece with bleeding hearts! I am done now with the smalti class that Connie Cohen taught-Thanks to Connie I now feel more comfortable cutting smalti-I still can't get over how long this took to complete. Overall I am happy with the piece it was nice to know how to use the gray scale to choose color and to lay it out with that process in mind.

Plan for the week
Tuesday-Thursday-work on Hospital piece and try to get all the flowers completed.
Friday-Saturday-Get ready for my daughter's graduation party (I still can't believe I will have one graduating!)
Sunday-day off
Monday-start on background. Still not sure what I am going to do yet. (and remember to blog)

Quote for the week

"Treat each day together as a gift and an adventure."