I've made this one for my friend's granddaughter. Nita passed away last September and she was so proud of her first grandchild and absolutely adored her. When I came across this small heart backing in my cupboard, I immediately decided to make something for Poppet. I loved her Grandma dearly and we had a bond... Continue Reading →
I really didn't want to have to trash this mirror frame after my first grouting fail, both with colour and cracked grout. I'd been adventurous with my grout colour and wasn't happy with the result, but decided to regrout with black, just leaving the coloured grout between the black framing tiles. I taped over those... Continue Reading →
I started making this one a while ago for an old friend of mine, Justin. He only wanted something small, so I've used a 29cm x 21cm piece of MDF. Being Mr Incredibubble, his only other request was that it have circles to represent bubbles. I'd done a few with circles and wanted to make... Continue Reading →
Well, my mirror frame had been ready to grout... ...and I'd decided on what I thought would be the perfect colour grout to use - metallic copper. The acrylic paint I was using was a beautiful glossy deep copper, but I just couldn't get that same depth of colour mixing it with the grout. Just... Continue Reading →
'Going 'Round in Circles' mosaic with violet tinted grout. The frame allows for easy hanging. $50 plus $10 domestic postage (Australia) Dimensions: 30.5cms x 30.5cms x 4.4cms deep Materials: Stained glass tilesceramic tilesglass glitter tilessilverfoil tilesmirror tileglass gemsresin art frameglueviolet groutacrylic paintsealant All pieces are handmade and imperfections are part of the character of each... Continue Reading →
I'm currently working on another mirror frame - this time square, 12" x 12". I did the side features without too much doubt, also using Inka Gold, Platinum under the transparent stained glass strips I used. I wanted to see the finish when using the Inka Gold as a paint on timber as well so... Continue Reading →
As a self taught, beginner 'mosaicer', these tutorials have been a great resource for me. I was reminded about the one below whilst responding to as comment from Piglet In Portugal about painting grout. After watching the tutorial below again tonight, I've realised that they are however, only as good as my ability to listen!!... Continue Reading →
Beautifully written with great humour, but also gives us a very true message about self care and balance in life.
My favourite quote “Don’t want to run out of fucks to give. Neither do I want to end my life with ungiven fucks.”
I hope I don’t leave this planet with ungiven fucks either, but also don’t want to give them away undeservedly.
Balance needs to be found…but never lose a sense of humour!
Sundance sent this to me via text message late last night.
My initial reaction was a giggle, followed by an Amen.
But as I considered it further, I began to realize it’s an extremely important skill, this moderate fuck distribution.
I mean, really. This is key!
Fuck-giving is a double edged sword. Too much or not enough can kill you.
It is truly all about that sweet spot of fuck-giving.
Giving too many fucks or giving no fucks is not sustainable in the long term.
Giving too many can cause you to lose your damn mind worrying unnecessarily. I mean, who has that kind of time and energy? Giving too many fucks will wear you slap out, nothing should require that much of your attention.
Giving none pretty much means you’ve just shut down. That you’re probably abstaining from interacting with others. And while that may sound good on paper…
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Cutting tiles is big part of making mosaics made easier by knowing what tools to use and how best to use them. Mango Mosaics shows us here how to cut ceramic tiles of a thickness between 3-6mm using tile nippers. https://youtu.be/KGSdVB-y8Ew
Creating a mosaic we’re happy with can be trial and error, but this beautiful piece made by Piglet in Portugal shows that patience pays off 🙂
Nearly a year after starting my ‘tree of life’ aka ‘tree of patience’ mosaic picture, it is finally finished!
Tree of Life Mosaic
The substrate for the base was clear glass and the printed picture beneath acted as a rough template. I cut each piece of stained glass to shape before gluing into position. Many hours, days and even weeks were spent in procrastination mode as I tried to decide which coloured glass to use. Decisions, decisions! I wanted to use vibrant autumnal colours and incorporate an orange sunset in the background against a yellow sky.
Everyone kept telling me the sky must be blue. I am so glad I stood my ground and kept the picture more abstract.
Tree of Life – work in progress
I cut each leaf to shape using nippers.
Shaping the leaves from glass
I put the project aside until I could decide on the…
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I've had a busy night tonight sorting out all my tiles so I could see what I have and to make finding them easier when designing a mosaic. My daughter and I live in a small unit so I don't have a craft room or space as such. I sit on the lounge to make... Continue Reading →
I started this one 8 days ago, and have struggled getting it finished - creativity level 0. I wasn't happy with it at all, apart from the two large circles, and came very close to pulling it all up and starting again. My daughter helped me sort out some colour combos I wasn't satisfied with... Continue Reading →