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31/2: Final grouting

I decided no one grout color would work equally well for both the bottom and top portions of this piece. In order to apply different colors of grout to each portion, I covered the section that wasn’t being grouted in masking tape.

Relatively simple for this particular piece, although some of the angles of the mountain proved a bit challenging to get just right.

Here’s the entire series of samples and finished landscape.



31/1: Grout color test

Applying grout to the samples for the mountain landscape. I honestly thought I might never find a use for the color in the middle, but it turns out to be perfect for this project!

I love grouting. I love mixing it up, smearing it on then wiping it off to reveal the finally, fully completed mosaic beneath. Some mosaics don’t need grout, but when they do, it’s so exciting to see the piece come to life through the grouting process.


30/5: Landscape grout samples

These small pieces are going to be grout samples for the mountain landscape. I’ve been trying to make the grout samples works of art in and of themselves, rather than just throw-away pieces intended only to test grout colors. The designs of the coral piece on the left and the green and blue abstract in the middle are both directly influenced by the drawings I’ve been doing lately for the sketch portion of this project.

I’ve been working in primarily ceramic for over a year now, and I’m really enjoying this return to stained glass. I love the depth and variety of color in each piece of glass.

30/4: Mountain landscape

These are a few work-in-progress shots of my most recent mosaic commission.  In the lower image I’m working out the grading of both the size and color of the tesserae comprising the sunset.


29/1: Mountain landscape

This is a sketch for a new commission. I’m still trying to settle on the best media for mosaic sketches, and I thought I’d give watercolor pencils a shot this time around. The top image is the drawing before I applied water…

And here it is after the water. Of course there are other ways to apply watercolor pencils, but after several attempts this seemed the best method for this particular piece.

22/5: Grout samples

The two small pieces on the left are grout samples. Do you recognize the skyline on the right? I made the mini-version of the original first, then decided I wanted to try something different. I like the effect of the stripes, the way you can almost tell it’s inspired by a landscape. Once they have dried for at least 24 hours, I can grout the samples in two different colors to help decide what color to use for the final piece.

20/5: Bird mosaic sketch

This is another small mosaic sketch, inspired by a line of birds on a wire. I’m working with materials of different heights here, trying to create something with lots of depth and texture.