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Judy’s Mosaic Pot


We’ve really sprung into action this season: lots of lovely schools’ projects celebrating The Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; lots of interesting workshops exploring a variety of mosaic applications in great venues, such as Hulme Community Garden Centre, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens and Victoria Baths in Manchester AND lots of fabulous mosaic work being produced by our ever-growing Thursday evening mosaic class……….

Judy’s beautiful plant pot, for example.

Last night three other stunning pieces were grouted to completion: Davina’s first project – the turquoise star, Margaret’s amazing fruit bowl with its glittering mirror edging creating the perfect finishing touch and Debbie’s funky panel that I can’t say too much about as its going to be a gift for somebody who might happen to read this, who knows? (I don’t know who you readers all are – but there’s another number that seems to be growing nicely, thank you!!) 

I’ll hopefully get some photos of more recent class work to blog up here very soon…

Sign up for Spring Mosaic Workshops in Manchester and Cheshire


The Workshop programme will soon be starting so now is the time to choose and get your name on the list for one of the exciting days ahead:

  • May 19th/20th MOSAIC MASTERPIECES at Norton Priory
  • May 26th MOSAIC GARDEN STEPPING STONES at Hulme Community Garden Centre
  • June 9th POTTY MOSAICS FOR PLANTS at Hulme Community Garden Centre
  • June 23rd/24th MOSAIC MASTERPIECES at Norton Priory
  • June/July MOSAIC TABLES at Chorlton Central Church
  • July 14th/15th INSPIRED BY OUR ANCESTORS at Victoria Baths

GARDEN STEPPING STONES, May 26th

You’ll get to make a mosaic stepping stone for your garden similar to this one:

Dragonfly Mosaic Stepping Stone being cast in the plastic mould

see: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products/157

MOSAIC MASTERPIECES, May 19th/20th & June 23rd/24th

You’ll get to make an outdoor mosaic wall panel similar to this one:

outdoor mosaic panel

see http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products/155

POTTY MOSAICS FOR PLANTS, June 9th

You’ll get to make a mosaic plant pot, possibly like this one:

Mosaic Flower pot featuring daisy motif

see http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products/159

 

How to Make a Mosaic Flower Pot


Here is my step-by-step guide to show you how I created this cheerful, summery mosaic flower pot for the garden. You can also buy a kit to help you to make your own!!

You will need:

 MATERIALS

  • Plain 29cm terracotta flower pot – B & Q (price £4.50)
  • LTP Mattstone Impregnating Sealer – Al Murad Tile Shops or similar
  • Acrylic paint (Daler Rowney, hooker’s green) – local art & craft suppliers/art shop/or online:   http://www.artdiscount.co.uk/ £2.65/120ml tube
  • Cementitious tile adhesive (outdoor quality) – Topps Tiles or Tiles UK, eg. BAL Rapidset Grey 5kg, £10.49
  • Grout (outdoor quality, wide joint, grey) – Topps Tiles or Tiles UK, eg. BAL Wide Joint Grout Grey, 3.5kg £10.49

  TOOLS

  • China marker
  • Tile nippers
  • Safety specs
  • Grout squeegee 

All the above items available from Tracey Cartledge website: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products?tags=accessories 

  • Marker pen and pencil
  • Hammer/foam sheet
  • Straight line tile cutter
  • Paint brush
  • Spatula/glue spreader
  • Tubs to mix in
  • Cloths
1.

Seal the pot

Seal the pot both inside and out with impregnating sealer, as per manufacturer’s instructions.

2.
Paint the inside and outer lip of the pot with green acrylic paint. Choose a shade lighter than the result you’d like because it darkens as it dries.

3. 
Once the paint is dry, mark the positions for your daisies on the pot in pencil. Try to get them equally spaced on directly opposite sides of the pot. When you are happy with the position, confirm your lines with marker pen.

4. 
Break up white tiles with a hammer to produce random shapes, big enough for the petals. Do the same with the yellow for the daisy centres. Wear safety specs for this task and cover the tile with a piece of foam sheet or thich fabric to prevent shards from flying around.

5. 
Use the tile cutter to cut narrow strips of light green for the blades of grass and dark green for the flower stem. Make four slightly wider strips of dark green to use for the two halves of the leaf shapes.

6. 
Draw guide lines onto your tile pieces with the china marker and then use the tile nippers, gradually working nip by nip around the outline, to refine the shapes for 2 daisy centres, 16 white petals, 4 leaves, little squares for the stems and plenty of grass blades (mine needed 35!!).

7. 
Assemble all the daisy pieces ready to apply onto the first side of the pot. Mix up a small amount of tile adhesive in a tub or paper cup and, wearing gloves, start to fix the pieces into place. Butter the adhesive onto the reverse of the daisy centre to start with, using an old knife or spatula, to a thickness of approximately 2mm. Press each piece firmly into place. Allow to set. Gently clean off the excess adhesive with a damp cloth. 

8. 
Repeat this procedure for the second daisy and then for the grass blades and background blue sky. For my pot, I added some recycled crockery, glass beads and glass mosaic squares for extra texture and interest. Leave to fully set – preferably overnight.

9. 
Now its time to grout! I have chosen grey as I feel it sits back quietly and does not compete with the colours in this design. Once you have mixed the grout, plop it onto the mosaic surface. Then use a squeegee to spread it across with a downwards motion, encouraging it to fill all the gaps. Work your way all around the pot. 

10. 
Remove excess grout first with the squeegee and then with a damp cloth. Take care to uncover any pieces that sit lower than their neighbours if, like me, you have used tile pieces of varying thickness. Leave to set for about 15 minutes. Finally, use a dry cloth to buff up your mosaic work. Remove any grout from the painted rim with a damp cloth and if necessary, touch up with the green acrylic paint. 

RESULT:

One Gorgeous Mosaic Flower Pot!!

ANY QUESTIONS??

How to Mosaic a Daisy Flower Pot


If you read Part 1 and reached this stage of the process:

I’m really sorry to have kept you patiently waiting to know how to complete your mosaic flower pot……

The wait is almost over. Since publishing the blog post ‘How to Mosaic a Flower Pot – Part 1’, Simply Homemade magazine has chosen the project to be featured in their next issue!!

Yesterday, my friend Nick – a highly skilled photographer – took a new set of photos with the help of his very efficient young assistant Poppy, so that we can show each step of the process much more clearly. I’m now obliged to keep you in suspense just a little longer, I’m afraid, until the magazine hits the shop shelves and then we’ll finally reveal Part 2 – The finished thing!