So, this is it! In all, I took 199 photos. In this post there are only 8. This was a five-day course and there were many steps in the process that you don’t see in the photos. The course started at 9 and finished at 6.
- We learned about the different tesera (stones, glass, etc.).
- We learned about the tools required and how to cut.
- We selected a classic piece to replicate and then traced out a pattern which was then transferred onto a lime putty base.
- We cut, and cut and cut and placed the tesera into the lime mould.
- The instructors corrected my mistakes, over and over again.
- I was exhausted!
- Started drinking espresso and eating chocolates for energy.
- Finally finished cutting and placing the tesera.
- Placed a gauzy material over the art and brushed some very smelly glue over it.
- Waited for smelly glue to dry and then removed the lime backing.
- Flipped art upside down and covered with cement backing, dropped into a wooden frame.
- More coffee please!
- Waited for cement to dry then removed the gauzy material.
- Had nice dinners with new friends 🙂
- Brushed art with water and scrubbed all the glue and left over lime off.
- Dried outside.
- Zipped around town on a bike! Do I really need the exercise?
- Started freestyle piece.
- Picked artwork…I made a cat of course and even had to alter the art to make her fatter! (Yes, Andrea, I may not have been that accurate on her fatness but I had a small frame to work with)
- Picked more stones…this time direct to cement so must work fast!
- It’s Friday, I’m exhausted but I really enjoyed the class. Now we go on a walking tour to see what our mosaics were supposed to look like, haha. This would have been useful information on Monday…
- Final realization that Mosaics are cool but I am far too lazy to ever make a career of it. Way too many steps! However, maybe when I am retired and have more patience I will consider it as a hobby…
If anyone is interested in more details about the school, accommodations, Ravenna, etc. give me a shout-out here. I’d be happy to pass on the information.