I'm finding various online "design your own figure"-type sites and trying to design figures that look as close to me as possible for a self-portrait collage project. This is surprisingly tricky when one (a) wears glasses, which aren't always offered, and (b) normally has blonde/brown hair and currently dyes it vaguely-reddish/blonde. What hair color to pick?
Another Hawaiian-themed one, with different types of flowers. Orchids on top, plumerias in the middle and hibiscus (attempts) at the bottom. Did two different grouts on it.
This is a mosaic I did last year where the grout just came out terribly. Would NOT come off certain pieces (the joys of textured ones), and it came out weirdly white in places, and just...ugh. So I painted over it instead--pained brown for the tree where it's weirdly white and also painted over the glass pieces. It looks a lot better now.
So in July, I was teaching mosaic class again and got an idea. There's a mosaic artist around here that I love who uses words in her mosaics. I decided to try doing some collage underneath mine instead and work with clear or clear-ish pieces of glass on top of them. Here's the first one I tried, with and without glass atop in the process.
I think it came out very mystical and mysterious. However, note for future reference: if you casually start placing pieces of glass while the paper's still drying, the glass will end up stuck there a bit prematurely! Ah well.
Here's a second experiment at this, using fabric scraps instead:
I grouted this one with two different kinds of grout my students had been trying out, what the heck. You can't really tell in the finished work.
The tree picture isn't totally clean yet--hoo boy, is that stuff resistant to coming off at the bottom.
But mostly what's ticked me off is that the grout did NOT stick well on the sides on these--I've never had it come off completely in chunks in places before. Even after regrouting. I'm going to have to come up with...something...to cover that up. Crocheted frames?