- You are best off using clear glass but textures are cool.
- The edges of each glass piece need to be very vertical because when you grout, you want a clean line. In fact, I tend to use tighter grout spaces on clear glass than on other substrates so they don't take away from the image.
- The glue needs to be clear! I've been using MAC glue, which was designed for mosaics, but I'm considering trying Gorilla Clear Glue next time. Anyone have an experience?
- Lastly, (and I hate to do this) but sometimes I need to cut and grind tesserae to fit well...for all the reasons listed above!
I (Andrea) love making mosaics on clear glass because it adds a whole different look and feel to the final mosaic, but it takes a different approach in many ways:
So, after I glued the glass on one side, I could see from the other side that, while they were firmly in place, there were air bubbles under some of the tesserae. Why care? Because when I grout, it could seep UNDER the tesserae, making the whole thing look messy. This is not something you would care about on a solid substrate. So, I decided to experiment: I used clear silicone caulking for the glass on the backside of the ring. It takes longer to dry, but I can at least see when the cloudiness has gone away. I'll wait until then to grout because I don't want to slow the adhesive drying process.
Andrea is very good at naming her art pieces as some of you who saw the posting earlier this week know. Her "Garden Nirvana" mosaic is aptly named. I (Victor), on the other hand, always struggle when it comes to naming a piece so I'm asking for your help.
I mostly work in metal (steel). I incorporate wood, tile, or other materials but my main medium is steel. Here, I decided to work on something different when I saw a call to artists for Day of the Dead art.
You can scroll to the bottom to see the finished project to suggest a name or read through the materials and steps if that helps your naming inspiration.
In the spirit of upcycling and reusing materials, everything here (except for resin) is upcycled.
List of supplies:
Here are some of the materials at the start: a foam cutout of a skull, the small MDF pieces, the wallpaper samples, the paint color samples, and the screen print frame already attached to the plywood.
Lastly, I painted the frame black and the background white. I did the resin covering in two batches of resin. Well, it was actually three or four since I am new at getting resin to cure correctly. The black frame and white background have gold glitter added to the resin so I did that first. The face is clear and I covered that once the resin of the frame and background had cured. I opted to use resin to give this a uniform, deep, and shinny finish.
This piece was accepted into the Tohono Chul Park exhibition, "Día de los Muertos." The opening reception is Aug. 24...hope to see some of you there!
BTW, the final name was Día de los Muertos Tribal Inspired.
I had an idea that expanded on the traditional tapestry mosaic method, as done by Laura Skye. Instead of fringed edges and distinct areas of design and texture, I combined those into a landscape. Here's how my design (and lack thereof) evolved!
Finished product "Garden Nirvana"
The large flower is a coffee can; the smaller ones are tuna, etc. The textures were great when painted.
The steps we followed were:
These are the three steps we've taken so far. We received a large donation of silk screen frames of many sizes; some with screens still in them but most without. They have a very cool rustic look.
We laid them out on the floor and attached them with wood screws and wood glue. We kept the "Arizona" one in the center because of the great look. They don't weigh much. We hung them as a group on our garden wall.
The following weekend, we painted the nine sections different colors. Our next step is to add different art work to each of the frames...stay tuned. Please post any pictures of YOUR frame projects!
Project Update May 2017
We've started adding different elements to each of the silkscreen frames.
Project Update June 2017
We've added a bit more color. On the bottom-right, we added a painting on canvass that Andrea embellished with beads and other bling. We also had some metal flowers from another project so they went into one of the top frames atop angle iron stems.
Calling all funky artists and crafters - we have a new neighbor that makes the corner of W. Grant Road and N. Fairview Ave. one of THE BEST places to find arts and crafts materials for upcycling.
Bear's Vintage Thrift & Beads just relocated. The store is behind Habistore and both are across the street from Upcycle Tucson. The three businesses now form an "artists' triangle" for materials.
Please tell Bear we sent you!
We had our first meet-up, the Upcycle Tucson Challenge, last Saturday. The challenge was to upcycle colorful vinyl banners that were headed to the landfill. Here are the solutions our group developed.
Let us know if you USE any of these ideas!