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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!

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  • EILEEN828
    Fabulous! What fun to work on this. I've thought about doing mosaic but have never got into the process. Some day. Right now I'm still committed to finishing various unfinished projects, ie. the ones I've already spent money on, ha ha. I did get my closet done, just need to download the pictures so I can blog about it. Onward people of creativity! emoticon emoticon
    1695 days ago
  • ADARKARA
    I LOVE the idea of using the saucers in their actual shape. Looks great! I hate it when snow screws with my schedule.
    1702 days ago
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