We’ve finally started the summer holidays around my parts which finally gives me some time to potter about and concentrate on some creative pursuits. Normally, this would of course mean sewing, but right now we’re having an exchange student to stay and he feels a bit lonely if I don’t spend time with him, so hiding myself away in the sewing room is out of the question at the moment. So I decided that my patio table needed sprucing up and started making another mosaic table top (table 1 is here – I had pains in my elbow from using the tile cutter for about six months afterwards, so my turnover of mosaic tables is about 1 every three years.)
I started playing around with shapes:
I plan on having a marble border around the perimeter of the table:
The marble already comes glued to netting, so it’ll be a quick and easy job installing it. The only actual mosaic will be the inset. I’m hoping for two effects, apart from ease of installment: I think a whole table filled with a busy mosaic (which is the only kind of mosaic that seems to come from my fingers) is not going to be very restful to the eye, so I hope the border will tone this down. In addition, the ready made border is likely to be more level than my mosaic, so any plates will sit better on this border than on the inset. Plus I had the marble in my stash, back from my first mosaic phase, so that’ll finally have to go.
So the next thing is an explosion of my mosaic stash on the patio table. All meals to be taken indoors for the time being… I am fully able to chat along while working on the mosaic though.
For the first time I’m following the indirect method of laying a mosaic. This means (I might sound as if I know this, but in reality I read about this for the first time a few days ago) that the mosaic is first layed on paper face down, then it is installed on the final surface as the completed mosaic paperside up and then the paper removed, thus revealing a beautiful and smooth mosaic. So much for the theory – apparently, even the Romans used it.
Here you can see that the tiles are glued on face down. I’m using glass mosaic which has the advantage of being almost the same colour face up or face down. Ceramic tiles are white or brown on the bottom, so using the face down method you’d have no idea about your motive. I’m already finding it difficult with glas mosaic, because the bottom isn’t smooth and that changes the brightness of the colours and the overall effect, so I don’t know how proper mosaic artists do this working with ceramic tiles. I just hope it’s all gonna work out for the best.
I’m following the famous Said&Done No-Pattern-method. I just don’t have the skills to visualise and plan out an overall look first as a pattern, so I simply decided I would follow a loose flower meadow design and call this artistic 😉
Let’s talk again when the whole thing is complete, ey?!