tuesday--mosaic project continues
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
good morning. hope everyone is having a fine Tuesday. we had a very irritating snowstorm yesterday that dumped about 4 inches at our house. bottom line--I made it to the vet with dorijane and that was it. everything will probably melt by Wednesday--but it messed up my Monday plans. but for some reason I finally got to working on this mosaic project that has been sitting on my table for several months.
I love to mosaic--but I have to be in the right frame of mind. its kind of intricate work in its way--and I am not an intricate person. but its also very absorbing and a very nice blend of using your hands and thinking--but its more direct than quilting--you just shape the piece until you get what you want and add it to the work. each piece changes the overall look of the item and your next piece will be dictated by the piece before it. its kind of like puzzling except that YOU make the pieces and the finished puzzle won't be known until the work is done. I like painting for the same reason--each brush stroke changes the whole look of something. the process of experimentation--putting the stroke down and seeing what happens to the overall effect has always fascinated me. sometimes it makes my work too "precious" in its appearance--I get too absorbed in these tiny details. so I am learning to step back and see the "whole" of something rather than its component parts. sometimes a photograph helps with this. so I took a pic of this project this morning to evaluate my progress.
its coming along nicely. this is an old wooden tray that belonged to rob's mom. its a very nice size and my plan is to make a table frame for it with fancy little legs and an apron that is a reverse (upside down basically) version of the scalloped border. I will rout out the top edge of the apron so the tray sets down inside of it slightly, and paint it some pretty girly colors. don't know if anyone will ever buy it--all the time invested will make the price pretty high--but my main idea is to take it to Phyllis's kitchen store so she can display a piece of my work there. she sells lots of tea items, so it would be a good fit if she has the space.
also thought you might get a kick out of seeing what mosaic looks like in progress--here is a shot of my work table:
controlled chaos! you also shouldn't work down here barefoot--I do sometimes and get poked in the foot as a reward for my silliness!
have a great Tuesday!