Monday, December 21, 2009
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Monday, November 30, 2009
My sister is the godess of helping me maintain perspective when mine goes awry. She was helping me out today with my perspective regarding a client as I was color correcting this mosaic. Ergo, when it came time to name it, "Red Perspective" it was.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Again with the new laying style. I incorporated some colored gold this time as well. Interestingly enough, although this style looks a bit mishmash, it's actually pretty difficult for me to accomplish. I spend a lot of time standing back and squinting to make sure I have the texture and color balance just so. As of yet, it takes me much longer than most other styles I use.
Friday, August 7, 2009
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Here's the backsplash partly installed:
Putting in one of the last sections:
Sometimes you have to get a little uncomfortable for your art:
But the finished project is worth it!
In all seriousness, though this backsplash isn't created in my usual style, I really had a good time making and installing it. Of course, the fact that I could expect a succession of seafood feasts and steak dinners when all was done was certainly a boon. Naturally, my father now thinks we need to remove the bottom half tiles and finish the project with more field tile and a border. I figure, if he keeps the filet mignon and crab legs coming, he can have whatever he wants....
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
It's been awhile since I have had any time to blog. Or think straight for that matter! Here is the section that will go immediately to the right hand side of the stove. There's another 3 feet or so before I hit the wall and turn. I've done about 8 linear feet so far, and I think that makes it just 5 or 6 feet to go. But I've only got a week and a half, so time to get cracking.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
On another note, I've also acquired another huge project. An artist friend of mine was commissioned to do a large mosaic on a column in a local junior high school. Although a mosaic enthusiast, she has very little experience working in mosaic. She asked me to come in at the start of the project to get her going on the right path. While there, she asked the principal of the school if there was money for her to keep me on for the project's duration, and received a positive response. So in addition to working on this backsplash, I'm also working on this new project about 18 hours a week, plus my waitressing job. So if I blog belatedly, or sporatically, please forgive me!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
This is the backsplash that got started nearly a year ago in my brain, for my dad. Some of you know my dad as this:
For those of you that have met him, he's a pretty conservative guy, and REALLY likes Roman mosaics. So a Romanesque mosaic it is for his backsplash. The dimensions are approximately 1' by 14'.
First came the great debate of what method to use. I chose thinset to mesh double direct, based on the advice of my good friend Lynne Chinn. I'm not an experienced installer, and have been worried about the adhesive coming up to the top of the tile during installation, and not being able to get the grout in, for one. So I wanted to glue to the mesh in a way that would prevent this from happening. I also don't like that mesh has some "wiggle" to it while installing, so I thought that thinset pancakes would be more rigid. As well, marble is really hard to use indirect, since it is so thick. It is often wider at the top than bottom, or vice versa. This means that the reverse side usually ends up looking really different than the side you were looking at while working. As this is my first backsplash, I really want to know what is going on as I work on it. Plus I'm using the fantastic stone tiles from Mosaic Rocks, and they are pretty much the same thickness, so I'm not worried about the flat surface.
So here's my gathered materials:
And here it is all ready to go. Drawing first (proving that drawing is not my best skill), then plastic, then mesh. I've taped to a laminated board. Easy to remove tape from, portable if I want to work outside, or if I want to rotate the whole thing for easier working.
I would have blogged this all yesterday, except my Internet was down, so the first WIP picture is the end of Day 2:
As you can see, the progess is pretty fast, as there is a lot of Opus Tesselatum, which I have now learned to lay two tiles at a time. About 3 linear feet have been laid at this point. You can see the mesh trailing off the right side of the board. I've already cut this part into sections, but haven't removed them. Then I'll have to slide everything over, retape, and keep going.
And here's a close up of one of the olive branches:
Won't get quite as much done tomorrow, as I probably only have about 2 hours to work on it.