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Day 20: Mosaic Painting Part 4… DONE!!

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

The project that wouldn’t end has finally been completed!!! I thought I would never finish haha. Anyways, I’m so glad it’s done so I can move on to something else.

So I started today by doing the second lightest color of the red shades.

And then I did the lightest shade for both the red and blue: white.

There you have it! FINALLY finished the painting!

Next I took and old poster I had and covered it in wrinkled pieces of black tissue paper. (I’m sure you know where the tissue is from so I’m not going to even ink to it again :D ) I finished it all off by sticking the individual painted square onto the poster and I was DONE!

sitting on my hallway floor because there was better light in there haha

A little closer look of the painting itself.

Close up so you can see the detail. Sorry it’s sort of blurry!

Can you tell what it is? I purposely abstracted it quite a bit, but it was originally this picture I took in Paris.

It was a chair I saw in Les Musée des Arts Decoratifs (or the Museum of Decorative Arts) at the Louvre. I searched forever to see if I could find who designed this chair, but I couldn’t find it anywhere! I’ll keep looking and update you if I find it.

Overall, I’m extremely happy with this piece. It took FOREVER but I think that’s what makes it good! Eventually I would like to get a nice frame with glass for it, but I’m low on funds at the moment so that will have to wait! Maybe I’ll get it with my tax return? :) I’ll post a picture when it’s in it’s frame!

Thanks for bearing with me on this extra long project and with my RA flare up. I hope you all like this as much as I do!

Anna Grace


Day 19: Mosaic Painting Part 3… still not done!

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

Here we are at the third day of this project, and I’m still not done!! I’m still having a lot of joint trouble today, but I’m also realizing that this project is a much larger undertaking than I originally thought.

So today I started by doing the second darkest shades of the red and blue.

You probably still have no idea what this is :D

Next, after a break, I did the third darkest shades of both colors. (sorry for the bad pic… didn’t have enough battery to use flash.)

Starting to get the idea?

And the last thing I did today was to add the second lightest blue color. (didn’t make it to the red)

Flowery! But probably still not what you’re thinking of!

So that’s where I am tonight. Tomorrow I will do the second lightest red color and then the lightest of both shades, which is white for both. I will also be sticking all the little squares down on something… not sure what yet… maybe the back of  an old poster? Anyways, I will definitely be through tomorrow, finally!!!!!

Anna Grace


Day 18: Mosaic Painting Part 2 (and counting…)

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

So due to a really bad RA flare up today, I was unable to complete this project today. I did spend about 45 min painting the backgrounds of the red squares, so here’s where I am.

This is is varying stages of dryness but you can get a better idea of the sort of dissolve effect I was talking about yesterday.

I will hopefully be finishing this tomorrow as long as I’m feeling better. Thanks for your patience!

Anna Grace


Day 17: Mosaic Painting Part 1

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

My project for today has ending up having to spread over 2 days, but I wanted to go ahead and post about where I am now.

I decided that I wanted to do a sort of mosaic painting of some picture (not telling you what it is yet!!). At work we had a ton of miss-tinted sample jars that we were trying to get rid of, so I took 4 blue shades and 4 red shades. Today while at home, I picked an image, changed the mode to duotone in photoshop, one copy in red tones and one in blue tones, then I used the artistic cutout filter so simplify it to 5 shades for each copy with the lightest shade being white. Then I divided each of the images into a grid and merged the two images together in something like a dissolve effect. After finally getting the image the way I wanted, I cut out all of the squares for it… 110 of them! It took forever… so I ended up only painting the darkest blue color I’m using as a base on all of the blue squares. Here’s where I’m at now.

Any ideas what it’s going to be? Nobody will guess this…

The red background and all the details on the blue and red squares will be done tomorrow and they will be stuck down on their final paper… which I haven’t decided on yet, but we’ll cross that bridge tomorrow. Stay tuned for the finished project tomorrow!!

Anna Grace


Day 8: Mosaic Vase

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

After visiting McKay’s today, I went to Goodwill with a specific purpose for a project idea I had. My idea was to take old plates, smash them up and make a mosaic out of them. I have actually done this before with my hometown church, but that was many many years ago. We smashed plates and attached them to flower pots using some kind of plaster or something… my memory is spotty… and then we filled in all the cracks with that same stuff. Well, I got some plates (little saucers, actually) at the Goodwill as planned and a very small flower pot. Then, I had thought about doing a frame, but I couldn’t find one flat enough, so I settled on a red translucent vase. Here’s all my finds before smashing commenced!

Before I got home and took that lovely photo, I stopped at Jerry’s Artarama for a couple supplies, but more on that in a minute. Now the fun part… breaking stuff!! I set an old towel down so the shards didn’t fly everywhere, turned the plate upside down so they didn’t flip over and folded the towel over the top of them. Then I just smashed them with a hammer! (PS I WAS wearing goggles, Mom!) Here they are all smashed up! I may have helped mix them together a little bit to look better… :)


So back at Jerry’s, I was talking to an employee about what exactly I should use to stick these pieces on and to fill the cracks. She suggested using an epoxy to make sure they held well before sealing the cracks, which worked really well, until I ran out, so I only did the red vase. To fill the cracks, she said to use a shatter proof plaster so it wouldn’t crack, and pointed one out to me, which I bought. Well, after I got home, I realized that the plaster she sold me was for use with molds… as in it’s really liquidy and you’re supposed to pour it into the mold! I decided rather than making a ridiculous mess of plaster just sliding everywhere, I would hold off on sealing the cracks until I find the right product. I’m thinking grout? or spackling? I’ll look into it… but for now, I’m actually pretty happy with the way it looks without the cracks filled, and this way it’s still translucent in places. The only real issue is that some of those sharp edges are severely exposed… but I’m going to worry about it later. For now, here’s the vase at the moment:

The good thing is this vase only cost about $7-8 to make! See! This is what your donations go towards!

Anna Grace