One of the nicest things to do in mosaic, that has become a bit of a “go to design” for me, is gradients. They are not the easiest to do over such a small space, but I think they look lovely.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I experimented with slightly larger pieces with this one. I usually go as small as possible (must be my perfectionistic nature) but I think using these larger pieces is effective as well. I’ll have to try more of this in the future.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I recently got some really little sterling silver bases for mosaic jewelry, so have been enjoying the new challenges they present. Just how tiny should one go with the pieces? Despite having mostly done larger jewelry, albeit with teeny pieces also, I really like how these smaller jewelry pieces seem to be turning out. As a note, these wee jewels are just $45.
Monday, November 22, 2010
9" by 4"- Dalles de Verre, glass, smalti, copper, quartz, and a big thing that I can't find the name for
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I took a week hiatus as life got very crazy, but now I am back on the project. So here’s more playing with dalle de verre, the thick plate glass that I’ve been using lately. I just love the sparkly depth that they give. I haven’t used them with marble much, and I must give this a try. However, I won’t be able to do this anytime soon. This is the last wee base I currently have, so you will be treated to mosaic jewelry for the rest of the week.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Okay, I was really hoping this would look like a bar code rather than just weird lines. I mean, it's still cool, but it certainly is NOT what I had in my head. Oh well, I got to play with dalles to my heart's content. Maybe next week I should just stick to portraiture.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Sometimes I create something abstract, and then it turns out like it looks like something. Like these giraffes. Who are evidently locked in conversation.
As an aside, if you haven't already, I recommend you check out the virtual version of Jo Braun's latest art exhibit. In addition to having me howling from laughter, it also hit very close to home in some places. My favorite piece in the exhibit has to be "It's helps if it's abstract and kinda messy". Hmm, didn't I just say the other day that I was trying to be less perfect and more expressionistic? I really just meant messy.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I have to thank my friend Marian Shapiro for the cool glass cabochon in this piece. She graciously gave me a bunch of unusual cabs when I first started with the project, and I have been slowly working my way through them. There is one section of this mosaic that I would go back and fix if I had the time or inclination. Can anyone else see it?
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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Did I mention I also got a big shipment of dalles de verre? This is one of my new favorites. I've used it here as a big focal piece, but you can also use it as more regular tesserae. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this glass, it comes 8" by 12" by 1" thick, and each slab weighs about 8lbs. It's difficult, yet exciting to cut, and I should warn you now that you'll probably be seeing a lot more of it this week.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The new marble order I received from Italy has some amazing colors in it that I haven't gotten to play with before. For this piece I used some of it for the background, but then used scraps from previous projects for the "break through" section in the middle. I think it really shows the two sides of my own journey in mosaic. In the beginning I was trying to make everything look perfect, and now I'm trying to unlearn perfect to become more expressive, more artistic.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
One thing I love about this project is how I get the chance to practice for other pieces in a non committal kind of way. I've only ever done one portrait, and though successful, it was in black and white, which made life a touch easier, as I only had to work on tone and not concern myself with color. Though I'm not entirely thrilled with this piece, as I think the eye could use a little more life, and maybe not so much white around the pupil, all in all I think it was an alright attempt for a first try at a color portrait.
Having said that, I should mention that this is of no one, but just a vision in my head. Now to try actual people.
Friday, November 5, 2010
2.3" by 0.7" - Tiger Eye, mosaic gold on silver plated base
I have been doing a bit of jewelry again, and I really like how this one turned out. I love the shape of these long pendants, and they work so well for doing a gradient. This shape just seems to suggest a gradient, and I always try to let my materials--including my substrates, have some sort of say in how the final piece turns out.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
This piece is a departure for me, a challenge to use a material I normally wouldn't, ceramic. I have nothing against ceramic, it's just not something I generally use in mosaic. However, part of this process of mosaic a day is to stretch myself and push my boundaries, so I decided I work outside my normal box, just like I tell my Mosaic a Day students to do.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
6" by 7" - Chalcopyrite, amazonite, mosaic gold, marble
The name of this piece has to do with this being the first thing I have created in my new studio. The six week that the studio was supposed to take turned into 13 months. This studio, with ample teaching space, has been my dream for a number of years. Add into this a new shipment of marble from Italy, and you have one very happy mosaic artist, as seen here:
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
5" by 5"- Dalles de Verre, beach glass, Mexican Smalti
After a fairly extensive hiatus, I've decided to take up the project again. I learned so much the first time around, plus it really encouraged my ongoing creativity. As well, I finally finished my new studio and teaching space, so this will get me going.
A few people should recognize this piece, as I created it in Oakland at the Institute of Mosaic Art when I was teaching there in June. We had so much fun that I've been asked back again for next April, and I'm already looking forward to it.
Since I've been on such a long break from the project, I'd be really grateful if you'd forward this post to anyone who might be interested. I love the comments and ideas that I get from others, and the more, the merrier!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
1" diameter - Dichroic glass, smalti, filati, sterling silver base
This is the 100th mosaic in the mosaic a day project. Next week, I begin something large, and take a break from this project for a bit. I will be returning to this project, after I convince myself that I can still work on a larger scale.
The picture of this pendant is a little off in color, but I could not manage to correct it. I might try another photo tomorrow, as this one really does not do it justice.
Friday, February 5, 2010
7" by 8" - Rock, sea spines, pearls, seashells
Boy have I been lazy in regards to the project this week. My husband, who works out of town, has been around for the week, after working most of the last 3 months straight. So I have an excuse--I've been having a life!
This is the biggest mosaic a day I've created, but as there wasn't much for cutting it didn't take as much time as many of the smaller ones. I've always liked the mosaics that pull off rhythm, so I decided to give it a go, and this was the result.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
4" by 7" - Funky rock, mosaic gold, Carroltons, ecosmalti, broken art glass
I'm pretty chuffed about this one. I wasn't sure at first when I started the background, but I adore it. I suspect I might end up doing something similar when I start working large. Also, I actually used the tile that I sell in this one, which I don't very often. For those of you that are familiar with Mosaic Outpost, I sell the teeny square tiles you see here called Carroltons. As much as I love them, I generally find them to be too regular to be used in a lot of my work, but they work just wonderfully here, and I'm finding I need to rethink their uses.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
5" by 6" - Dichroic glass and Eco smalti
Okay, I'm sure if I tried, I could come up with a better name for this one. Apparently I am having an off day with the names.
I've decided to get to 100 wee mosaics, then take a break to work on something big. If anyone wants to watch that painful process, let me know--I can always consider setting up a work in progress page on my website or something. I think I'm about 4 mosaics away or so, so I guess I should start thinking of ideas. If anyone thinks one of my smaller pieces could translate into a larger one, let me know. It's been so long since I've worked big that I think I need a refresher course in what works in that department.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
6" by 4" - Dichroic glass, marble, smalti
This is attempt number two on this concept. It still isn't exactly how I picture it. I'm now thinking the true problem is the scale. The picture in my brain probably can't be accomplished in a Mosaic a Day size, so if I want to do justice to this idea, I will need to go big.
Which brings me to another issue. I'm thinking I may have to take a wee break from my mosaic a day-ing to work on something large. I don't know what yet, but I've hit a point where any substrate over 7" by 7" makes me nervous. This is not a good thing, so I need to tackle this problem head on at some point in the not too distant future.
Monday, January 18, 2010
6" by 4" - Dichroic glass, smalti, marble
I always end up with little bit of leftover dichroic glass when I use it, and as it's very expensiveI can't bear to throw the bits out, but I haven't known what to do with them until now. Unfortunately this one didn't quite work out as expected. The "lettering" worked exactly as it did in my brain, but the background didn't. I think I'll try the concept (which I really like) again tomorrow, and see if I can improve it.
Friday, January 15, 2010
5" by 5" - Eco Smalti, mosaic gold, dalles de verre
The color on this photo is a bit off, and it just refused to be fixed. The whole thing is a bit more orange than you see--it's a little too red in this photo. Having said that, I really like how this piece turned out, I had a great time making it, and really, isn't that the point of the whole thing?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
5" by 7" - Jasper Cabochon, mosaic gold, Eco smalti
I got this cabochon at the SAMA conference last year, from the Mosaic Rock vendor table. I knew when I grabbed it that I would do something like this with it, but I just hadn't figured it out perfectly, kind of like the cabochon that I used in "Gypsy Dance". I debated doing the background in a red Travertino marble, but decided that would be too "same-y", so I went for the complementary color. Luckily, in this case it has flecks of red in it, and so turned out to be the perfect choice.
Monday, January 11, 2010
4" by 6" plus overflow - Glass, ceramic, shells, copper, turquoise, semiprecious stone, reverse mosaic gold
For all of you who diligently followed the creation of "Earth Chimes", I give you its smaller cousin, "Sea Chimes". I loved making this piece, so much so that I might need to figure out how to do a big one of it.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
8" by 5" - Glass Cabochon, mosaic gold, marble, millefiori, garnet, glass
I received this lovely cabochon from my friend Marian Shapiro, and I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. It looked exactly like the torso of someone dancing, but it took me 9 months to decide on the rest of the elements. I love how the skirt turned out, but I must say that I hope I never have to create feet in mosaic again!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
5" by 4" - Mosaic Gold, Mexican Smalti
With the exception of my pendants, this is the smallest mosaic to date. As a result, I decided I could go all out on the materials, so I covered the dang substrate in mosaic gold. One of my personal mosaic mottos has always been: "When in doubt, add gold". Rarely do I get to play with so much gold, so this was thoroughly enjoyable.
Monday, January 4, 2010
5" by 6" - Various natural materials
Happy New Year! I made Rock Garden (the first) back near the beginning of the MaD project, and always planned on doing another one. I think the first one was a tetch better, but this one works too. I concentrated on using a color scheme of the secondary colors, and as a result, the effect is more subdued than the first one. To compare and contrast, click here.