This last week (or two weeks since I was ill last week) my project of choice was working on some mosaics. I am very new to creating mosaics, and this current work is only my second mosaic project (the first was the very basic grid you can see above). I cannot say exactly why I am attracted to working in this medium, but my Mother does quite a bit of work in stained glass and mosaics so maybe my interest comes from her. Mosaics (such as the ones I am working on) typically involve placing a flat picture on a working surface and then filling this picture in with many small colored tiles (typically 3/8 or 3/4 inches on a side), many of which are shaped by breaking off pieces of the tiles.
I’ve enjoyed the work with mosaics so far, but I think I can use a lot more practice with the medium before I feel comfortable with it. One difficulty I was not expecting is how tiring breaking tiles by hand can be. I typically need to take a break after an hour of work. My other largest issue is that I don’t know when a tile I am shaping is truly finished or good enough (as I said before, when is a round surface round enough?). My current works have only involved using one color in each section, but professional mosaics often utilize blending different shades together to achieve a more interesting effect, which is something I will need to investigate more later.
Below is some pictures showing the progression of my work. I might spend another day or two gluing down the rest of my cut pieces before I take a break from this work.
Original Drawing and Charcoal Copy
First Tiles Cut
More Cut Tiles
All Flower Tiles Cut (with CFL bulb lighting, gross)
My Currently Glued Down Pieces
For this week my project will be (besides doing some more work on this project) checking out the RPG Maker program. RPG Maker is used to create older style Role Playing Games, similar to those made for the Super Nintendo System. I’ve been playing RPGs since I played the original Dragon Warrior on my Nintendo in the 80’s, and I think it would be interesting to learn how to make some of my own. Granted, making RPGs might be a whole lot less interesting to me once I actually start trying to make some! Making a full game will no doubt be a lot of work, but for now I will just be checking out this program.
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