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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Paper Mosaic Circles




I haven't posted in a few days because I have been rather consumed... consumed with circles and circles of my paper mosaic. There are times when something nudges me in my head and I don't know where it comes from, this is one of those times. I have had 'mosaics' on my brain for a number of days now. I knew I wanted to do one. I have only created a couple of them before. This one was challenging in the design aspect and cutting out each piece to the exact shape needed. I never do things the conventional way - the instructions for building mosaics (out of tile anyway) are;

1. Draw out your picture.
2. Create a template of your drawing using tracing paper.
3. Then cut out each shape according to your template.

Well... I didn't draw out my picture. I got out my compass and drew circles and circles and went from there. So... needless to say... I didn't have a template to work from either. In the end I didn't even come close to following the instructions especially since mosaics are usually made out of tiles and not paper.
It wasn't until I was finished a few layers in each circle that I came up with the butterfly to go in the middle. I am not usually a spontaneous individual in everyday life... in art however... it's all about 'flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants'!

When I finished glueing every piece down I brushed a layer of self-levelling gel over top to protect it and create a glazed look.

Well, hope you enjoy it.
Happy Creating Everyone.


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12 comments:

Lynn said...

this is absolutely amazing...hard to believe it is not tiles...
what patience it must have taken to do this...no grout either...wow!

Thanks for coming to my blog today.
I hope you'll return. I certainly will be back here.

Nancy said...

Oh My WOW!!!

Julie-ann said...

Love your mosaics, I can see clearly why you were enveloped with devotion to these circles. Awesome art!

Ann said...

These are really cool! I can't imaging the patience required to do this though :-)

KZ said...

You did a great job on this page. I can't believe it is paper and not the real thing (tiles)

littlescrapsofmagic said...

I absolutely love these, especially since I know I don't have the patience!

Lynn Fisher said...

Wow...amazing...I thought it was tile at first. I have to try this with magazine papers in my journal. Thanks for the instructions!

freebird said...

Terrific. I think I will have to try one sometime. That butterfly really adds the center of interest to the mosaic.

The Gypsy said...

This is great kelly. Here's another idea for you: years ago I made a table by using a large plastic bucket which I covered in paper mache, painted it white, and then created a mosiac using the self adhesive synthetic kitchen "tiles" from DIY stores. Finally, I had a piece of glass cut for the top of the table and I painted the glass with stone effect spray paint. Everyone thought it was marble, stone and real mosiac until they lifted it! :-) I think I have a pic - I'll scan and post it with this info.
hugs

ale said...

hola kelly!!!!!your blog is wonderfullllll!!!!!!! l like it very very much!!!!for me was an honour to have your visit in my blog!!!!you made me very very happy!!!!!!!!gracias!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ana said...

Thanks for your comments and visit. I like your work very much. The butterfly in paper mosaic is very beautiful. I like your drawings too, especially the fairies.
I hope you get well soon.

Greetings, Ana.

perilloparodies said...

What a WONDERFUL and GORGEOUS idea!!!