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One of our students could not attend the second part of Mosaics 1 class, so Andrea grouted it for her. The pictures below show the process. Hope you like it, Barb! We all think it came out great.
Barb's ungrouted mosaic.
Cutting out painter's tape to cover textured tesserae.
Covering small textured tiles.
Taping over beads.
Taping the edges.
Notice how the round bead is glued with caulking.
Only a tiny piece fell off in the 'thwack test.'
Grouted but not cleaned up and without the final metal button.
Final product with charcoal grout.
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Here's the basic process I followed in creating my latest mosaic. I was inspired by a bunch of peach, orange, and rose tinted bling...It said "1970's paisley" to me!
Planning the placement of bling but don't be too set on one design...sometimes it changes as you work.
Get started! Pick at least one area you feel good about and go from there. The rest will come to you.
A few tips: Have at least two similar areas on the design to create continuity, like the flowers. Combine all with a common (in this case, gray) background.
Add any final bling. Here, I added darker beads to the borders of two paisleys because they didn't seem to stand out as much. That dark gray in the big paisley really dominated.
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