Mosaic Madness


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.

  1. We learned about the different tesera (stones, glass, etc.).
  2. We learned about the tools required and how to cut.
  3. We selected a classic piece to replicate and then traced out a pattern which was then transferred onto a lime putty base.
  4. We cut, and cut and cut and placed the tesera into the lime mould.
  5. The instructors corrected my mistakes, over and over again.
  6. I was exhausted!
  7. Started drinking espresso and eating chocolates for energy.
  8. Finally finished cutting and placing the tesera.
  9. Placed a gauzy material over the art and brushed some very smelly glue over it.
  10. Waited for smelly glue to dry and then removed the lime backing.
  11. Flipped art upside down and covered with cement backing, dropped into a wooden frame.
  12. More coffee please!
  13. Waited for cement to dry then removed the gauzy material.
  14. Had nice dinners with new friends 🙂
  15. Brushed art with water and scrubbed all the glue and left over lime off.
  16. Dried outside.
  17. Zipped around town on a bike! Do I really need the exercise?
  18. Started freestyle piece.
  19. 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)
  20. Picked more stones…this time direct to cement so must work fast!
  21. 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…
  22. 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.

Cheers, Leah

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About lmarmstrong66

I'm a blogger, painter, writer, singer. For the love of all things in nature and creativity.
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4 Responses to Mosaic Madness

  1. I learn something every day. Thanks for sharing!

  2. mouseytong says:

    your mosaic works are beautiful!

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