I was at Buck Hill Studio last Saturday making my first mosaic ever.
My talented friend, Dee, hosted an incredible all day mosaic workshop for new and experienced mosaic artists.
I’ve been wanting to try my hands at a glass mosaic for a long time and I finally got the chance! Thank you, Dee!
My instructor, Louise, didn’t waste any time showing me the tools of the trade. Dee gave me a clay-board, Louise let me use all of her glass cutting stuff and all of their glass pieces were shared.
These are some seriously generous ladies!
She went over some of the basic layout designs with this great sample board she made. I love the Latin names: Circulatum, Regulatum, Vermiculatum…
Here’s Louise showing me how to score and cut glass…
I wanted to do something with a butterfly so I sketched up a design that wasn’t too complicated, went and picked out some glass, and started cutting and fitting the pieces onto the board.
For the butterfly I painted on some color with acrylic paint and then used clear glass on those sections so the colors would show through.
I glued all the pieces on and then it was time to grout…
Then I wiped it with a damp sponge…
I was supposed to put some beads or something in the larger spaces to fill them up but in my excitement over grouting my first mosaic,I totally forgot about that part. The grout looks really dark at first but lightens up after it dries.
I painted gesso around the sides and then painted a shade of gray to match the grout.
And here’s my first mosaic, dry and ready to hang…
Thanks again, Dee and Louise!
I had a great time and am already thinking about more designs….
And things to put on my Christmas list.
Thanks for coming by today!