Category Archives: MOSAICS

Mosaic Pot

I really made the most of the warm start to Autumn by spending more time in my workshop during the evenings.  I started this mosaic pot earlier in the year but a busy summer stopped me from finishing it.

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Once the teal-coloured tiles were stuck down I chose lilac-purple tiles to compliment and achieve the Moroccan feel I was looking for.

Pot done

Once again I chose black grout to really bring out the colours.

After planting up the pot with Purple Flame cyclamen I’m really happy with the result. This is going to give much needed colour to my patio over the coming months.

Garden Posts (Part II – Installation)

So, after several months of snipping and nipping, cutting and sticking, the panels were finally ready.

It had been a particularly hot and sunny week which wouldn’t be ideal for the installation because the cement would dry too quickly, so I checked the weather forecast and it said the weekend would be warm and overcast.  Perfect.  As I am not blessed with a huge amount of patience I thought I was being really good waiting two days.  When Saturday arrived, dressed in old togs I set about clearing the fence of plants and fairy lights, laid out a plastic sheet and I was good to go.

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Yes, I know I should probably wear gloves!

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A teeny tiny daisy petal had been dislodged and needed to be sunk back into the cement.

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The weather forecast had been a little pessimistic because the sun broke through the clouds and it was a really hot, sunny day and my shoulders got a bit burnt.   Anyway, all three panels were now stuck to the posts and tomorrow I would be grouting.

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Grout colour is always tricky to decide upon, but I usually favour dark colours (I’ve made bad choices in the past!).   It is so exciting when the grout it applied and I wipe away the excess. Gradually the beautiful colours underneath start to pop through.  The clean up process was now in full swing because everything was drying particularly quickly, but with plenty of elbow grease it was beginning to look like a mad bouquet of colours.

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Dog photography is all about treats and timing, apparently!

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So, that’s the end of my latest project – on to the next ……..

 

Garden Posts (Part I – Making)

Over the last few months I’ve been busy working on a new mosaic, well three mosaics actually, to cover the plain concrete fence posts on our patio.  I took lots of photographs as it helps to look at the design from a different perspective.   So, I hope this post will show the process I use and give you some idea of the detail involved.

I decided to work the three panels at the same time so the design would flow.  I wasn’t working to any plan, I just knew in my head what I wanted it to look like.

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When it came to making a butterfly, I started experimenting.  I took a piece of plain glass and cut it to shape and then painted the back with several layers of nail varnish.  It worked out beautifully for this and another butterfly, so I used this method again for snails, ladybirds, dragonfly and bees wings.

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This little spider was a regular visitor.

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Even though it was blisteringly hot, our extremely furry dog would sit in the shade and stare at me, willing me to put my cutters down and play football.

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I wanted to include as many garden visitors as possible, even the ones that aren’t always welcome, so snails had to be included!IMG_81576 frog collage resize

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I took a photograph of this moth sitting on a window and followed it’s simple lines in mosaic.IMG_8332 Collage resize

At the very bottom of the panels I used stained glass to make grass and added another snail and a hedgehog.

Next – sunburnt shoulders, cement hands and the installation ……

 

Garden Ball

This terracotta ball has been another project that I started and shelved some time ago.  But with the promise of Spring in the air and little crocuses and tete-a-tete daffodils popping out of the ground, I was once again inspired.  And I’m so glad because it is probably one of my favourite pieces to date.

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I’m hoping to see lots of butterflies, dragonflies and bees in my garden this year……..

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…… but maybe not so many snails !

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Buddha

As probably mentioned before, I have been known to start new projects before I’ve finished others!   This Buddha head was something I started a couple of years ago,  I made a start …… and then put it to one side to do something else.

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I decided against mosaicing the face because I was afraid it would detract from the features and I like the contrast too.

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Bad day at the office

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I’ve had to come in from my workshop because I’ve just had an accident.  There I was sitting listening to the radio and cutting the next batch of petals for my mosaic lantern ball when I smacked my hand against the sharp edge of a killer flower.   There followed what looked like a scene from Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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Luckily my Handsome Trusted Assistant (HTA) was there on hand (excuse the pun) with a bottle of superglue and stemmed the flow of blood.   My finger is quite sore and as I don’t want to bend it for the time being I’ve come indoors.  I’m not very good at wasting time so I’m a bit annoyed that I can’t get on with what I wanted to do today.

In contrast HTA is having a great day and is nearing completion on making his first overdrive guitar pedal. He has finished all the electronic gubbings inside and is now putting the finishing touches to the artwork.   He was last seen with an acrylic spray can in his hand and full face mask, making noises Darth Vadar would be proud of.

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I love the fact that the led lights up in the shark’s eye!  More pictures to follow when it’s all assembled.

Anyway, tomorrow is another day and all being well I’ll be back at my worktop snipping away at another daisy or something.

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EDIT.  As I’m typing this my HTA has just come in to tell me that he has just been stung by something in the garden and it has left a pulsating sting in his arm (which he thinks is quite cool)!   Is it Friday the 13th by any chance and nobody has told me?!?

Back in my Workshop

It’s been some time since I’ve been in my workshop but as my job in the ceramics studio has come to an end I’m looking forward to spending lots more time in my garden hideaway, creating more of my own art.

I went out for a pizza with my workmates this week and took along a personalized mosaic for each of them.

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Agapantus (African Lily) for Jane, a flower-lover.

Robin

A robin for Sophia because a little robin often visits her garden.

Stag beetle

And a stag beetle for Kellie because we had a funny conversation about the stag beetles in my garden flying past my neighbour and making her scream!  Hilarious!

The ceramicist I worked with has now settled into her own studio and is busy making lots of beautiful things.  And, as every studio should have a name plaque, I made this for Gina.

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It was lovely getting back to designing and making mosaics and I’m really looking forward to getting started on my next project :)

 

Wall Pot

It’s amazing what you can find at the bottom of your garden :)   Last week I was hunting for some broken pots to use as drainage and I came across a stash of terracotta pots I’d forgotten I had.  So, as I had another Juncus Spiralis plant (the curlywurly plant in my Sizzling September post), what better than to mosaic a wall planter.

This was the perfect two day project.

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Lounging Lizard

About eight or nine years ago I visited a magical garden owned by a couple of retired art teachers.  They open their garden up every year for charity as part of the National Gardens Scheme.   Every year I go back, and most years I introduce a friend to this garden, it’s so beautiful.  When I leave I’m usually full of ideas about how I can do this and that in my garden.  A short drive from their Eden is a garden centre so I usually stop off and buy one or two plants and dream of what might be.

stairsA couple of years ago I bought a chunky piece of slate on my way home and imagined how a lizard would look sunning itself on it.   I’ve kicked around with ideas on what to mosaic it with but thought it would be different if I used stones.

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I’ve grouted it and varnished the stones to bring their colours out and now just have to find somewhere sunny to place it.

The BFG

A few weeks ago I wrote about an idea I’d had when I was looking back at some of the fantastic drawings and cards our children have created over the years.  We have a tradition that we make cards for each other on Birthdays, Christmas and Mother/Father’s Day and their creativity literally astounds me.  I’ve kept them all along with some very special drawings and paintings and love spending time looking back at them.

So, the story behind my idea was this;   18 years ago our son, Corey, came home from Reception class with a drawing.   He was about 4 years old at the time and we had been reading Roald Dahl stories to him every night before he went to sleep and The BFG was one of his favourites.  Anyway, in he came with the most amazing picture which I have treasured ever since.  The details are all there; the big ears, the cloak, the trumpet and the sack!

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I keep the pictures in an old suitcase but it crossed my mind that if anything happened to them I would be heartbroken, so I decided to create a mosaic copy.  The BFG was lovely to copy but the writing was a bit fiddly …

BFG Mosaic

Now, I’m going to pull the suitcase out again and find a special picture by our daughter.  Watch this space …..!

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