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Thanks for your suggestions, here’s your new product…..


I love to work with community and school groups and lead them through the process of making mosaic for their space and these projects have huge benefits in all sorts of ways as well as the obvious visual results.

However, not all such groups have the funding to bring in an artist to work with them and face the daunting prospect of going it alone on their first mosaic. Fear not, for I have solutions!!

Due to recent conversations, I have added to my range of school mosaic project kits the new Outdoor Wall Mosaic Kit For Groups

The kit has been designed for community groups and schools alike and is suitable for any age group, as long as you have an enthusiastic project leader or teacher to co-ordinate your project.

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July Mosaic Weekend booking up fast!!


If you’ve been pondering whether or not to join us for the fabulous MOSAIC MASTERPIECES week-end, there are a few places left for the last course of the summer, Sat 16th and Sunday 17th July at the beautiful Norton Priory Museum & Gardens.

So book today!! e-mail me: info@traceycartledge.co.uk for a booking form and further details or book online: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products/102 or you can phone me on 0161 860 0387.

Valerie’s Mosaic Masterpiece


Looks Great Grouted

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.

How to Mosaic a Garden Flower Pot – Part 1


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.

Use diluted pva to seal the pot and acrylic paint for the inside

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.

Pre-cut shapes for my daisy motif

Pieces of tile pre-cut to form the flower stem

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.

Leaves

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.

Both flower stem and leaves follow the contour of the pot

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!

The first flower complete!

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

Patience Pays


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…………..

Karen can’t wait…….she’s so excited about the Mosaic Masterpieces Week-end!!


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

Book online: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products?tags=Week-end+Courses

 

We’ve won a Prize!! We came 3rd in the Mega Mosaic Makers 2010


and here’s what the judges had to say about our entry(See earlier post for more detail):

The third prize; ‘Green Day’. was made at Chorlton C of E Primary School, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester with artist Tracey Cartledge. ‘Another lovely triptych with a bold simple design, this mosaic has great vibrancy and beautiful colour variation. A wonderful use of the ‘crazy paving technique’ which still manages to hold the detail’.

http://megamosaicmakers.org.uk/