An earlier post showed some of the exciting work produced by the Thursday evening mosaic class in Chorlton that we photographed for the Topps Tiles annual Achievement in Mosaic Award. It was only the tip of the iceberg, though. Here are a few more images of the group’s wonderful work for your viewing delight!!
This new workshop is a great opportunity for all the class to make their own individual mosaic keepsake using real mosaic tesserae, as part of a fun-filled day exploring ancient Roman mosaics that will bring the topic to life for all your pupils!!
The workshop package includes:
- Lively slide show presentation – “Classic Roman Mosaics”
- Handling sample mosaic works of art
- Every child designs and creates their own mosaic fridge magnet (max 30)
- Games and Roman Mosaic quiz
- All mosaics taken away, grouted and returned to school by courier
I know my title’s a bit naughty but it got your attention, didn’t it?
What d’you think?
We’ve been making mosaic baubles at class – quite fiddly but it will be good to see it on the Christmas tree and know its all your own work! Not sure about the white grout – I generally avoid white but thought it would be the best colour for this project. Now I can’t help thinking it might look better with black……..what do you think?
As there wasn’t quite enough time to grout her mosaic on the day, Valerie finished her mosaic off at home. For anybody who needs longer to complete the mosaic work, we provide a take away grout kit supported by a demo during the Sunday afternoon of the Week-end Mosaic Course.
For this project, I purchased a terracotta pot from a large chain DIY store in my area (yes, B & Q!). The first job is to seal it with diluted builder’s pva glue (mix half and half with water). Brush the pva sealant all over the surface, both inside and out.
Next, if you want to, paint the inside with acrylic paint. I used black for mine.
Now you’re ready to start!
Decide on your design. Scratch your head a bit, have a look around for inspiration…..here’s some to help you. Simple patterns work well, either formal geometric patterns or more abstract, organic shapes. Keep it fairly simple.
If, like me, you want to create a design that requires pre-cut shapes, these have to be prepared next. Wearing safety specs, use tile nippers to shape round pieces and a tile cutter for any strips or straight lines. It is important to use frost resistant tiles or mosaic tesserae so that your pot will survive outdoors.
You have to remember that the surface is curved. This means that any larger shapes have to be cut so that they can follow the curve. With my design, the petals were just about short enough to use whole. However I decide to divide my leaves into smaller pieces. This way, they fit around the pot following its contour and I’ve defined veins in the leaves at the same time.
You can see from the photo that I mark the shape that I want to cut with red china marker onto the tile first. Then use the nippers to carefully cut it out.
Use a cementitious tile adhesive – I’ve used BAL Mosaic Fix for mine – to stick the pieces onto the pot. You can mix a small cupful for each small section that you work on.
Once you’ve glued down your first motif or section of pattern, clean off any excess adhesive from the surface of the mosaic pieces. If it gets left until tomorrow, it will be rock hard!
In part 2, I’ll show you how I completed and grouted my mosaic flower pot…………………..update: go to https://traceycartledge.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/daisy-daisy-make-me-a-flower-pot-do/
If you need supplies, you can find tile nippers, safety specs and china markers in the ‘accessories’ section of my main website: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products?tags=accessories
I suppose that patience is something that I’ve taken a long time to learn, or that I still am in the process of learning. Although working as an artist there’s no choice but to find some, somehow. As you start a piece of work the eagerness to see the anticipated result is overwhelming. However, it is, I think, during the journey to the outcome that we’re really at our most creative.
On the subject of patience, here are some of the pieces being made at the evening class. Seeing the progress being steadily made from week to week is a real inspiration to me and I admire the patience that has already gone into the creation of these fabulous mosaics…………..
Working from the photos that she took on her recent visit to Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Karen has made a start on this lovely mosaic.
Does it inspire you to come and try your own hand at mosaic? Karen and I are hosting a series of relaxing week-end mosaic courses at Norton Priory this summer. There are still places available for the first one this month (16th & 17th), so why not join us?
Some fabulous new materials will be available and you will make a large mosaic wall piece, suitable for outdoors. What’s more, the price also includes free admission to the museum, ancient priory and Georgian walled garden.
Click here for more: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/workshops_and_events
Mersey Forest have waved their magic wand to transform Euclid Park in Grappenhall, near Warrington. Inspired by feedback from local residents, the team has worked diligently to deliver a range of improvements that include new natural play equipment, orchard fruit trees, wildflower meadows and a more welcoming treatment to the main entrance.
The Year 5 class at St. Wilfrid’s C E Primary School – just across the road from the park, have played a special role in this project. They were invited to work with Jo Sayers of Mersey Forest and myself to develop ideas and designs for the entrance treatment.
The Y5 group explored themes related to the improvements, focusing in particular on the new wild flower meadows and fruit trees being planted. Images of giant wild flowers and associated insects were created as drawings in wire, buttons, paper clips and washers by the talented youngsters, with help from Karen, who came to help out at the design workshops in the school, Jo and I.
Next, the Y5 team made beautiful, large oil pastel drawings of ‘fallen fruits’. They looked carefully at tonal variation and the colours in the fruits they observed and produced some fantastic works of art. These works became an important reference as they went on to recreate the same images in mosaic. Once the mosaics were complete, they went back to the studio to be cast into large concrete stepping stones before being installed outside the gates.
In the meantime, behind the scenes, the wire creations were carefully being translated into potential designs for steelwork to adorn the very dull grey gates. Having sought approval from Y5 and discussed the fabrication with expert blacksmith Martin Lister, I went back to the studio to make full size templates for each piece.
The finishing touches on site came together on Wednesday as Martin and Carl fixed the steel artworks in place. It was lovely to see the reactions of one or two of the Y5 design team who were nearby as the work went in.
Well done everybody, it looks great. Judging from the responses of the neighbours who came out to have a look on Wednesday, I think that this has proved to be an exceptionally popular project. Enjoy your new park!!
Glorious sunshine, cool fresh breeze – we couldn’t have wished for more conducive weather as we set about installing the fabulous new mosaic at Dearne Valley Park on Monday.
The mosaic has been a massive achievement for the young people who put their time and effort into producing drawings and creating the panels prior to installation. A number of them came down to site on Monday afternoon to see their mosaic masterpiece in its permanent new position at a key entrance to the nature park.
The young people put together their drawings, depicting life at Dearne Valley Park and they were sent to me at the studio, together with dimensions and a basic idea of format for the overall design. From this, I created a bespoke community mosaic kit, together with the design and full scale templates.
I was invited to take part in a full day of workshops at the Ozone centre at Barnsley Football Ground where we had a very jolly and highly productive day making up the panels. See earlier post for details