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Magnificent Mosaic Stepping Stones – Workshop at Hulme Community Garden Centre


We had such a lovely day at Hulme Garden Centre, making our mosaics in the straw bale classroom. The group was a friendly bunch – 5 in total – and everybody made a mosaic stepping stone. The quickest workers also made mosaic wall plaques and the others had time to make an extra stepping stone – smaller and more abstract – whilst these were getting completed.

lots of hard work and concentration……..

using tile nippers to cut accurate shapes…..

making careful colour choices……..we had so many to choose from!

deciding on details and finishing touches……

and here’s how they’re looking after a light clean……(still setting)

Jude’s sail boat

Carey’s heart with initials

Mareen’s floral design

Russell’s dragonfly

Maureen’s abstract piece

Anita’s abstract piece with heart motif

My frog

Anita’s butterfly

Your Comments:

“Wow don’t they look great Tracey I had a great day and really pleased with the stepping stones. I thought the venue was also really good. Thanks very much, best wishes Maureen”

 

“Hi Tracey
The mosaics look fab!
Russell & I really enjoyed the session.
(Russell was seeing mosaics when he closed his eyes…you’ve really inspired him back into doing art himself!!)
Could we please also order 2 large, 2 medium and 2 small stepping stone moulds and 2 pairs of nippers and collect at the same time we collect our ‘works of art!’.
Many thanks,
Anita & Russell”

Our next workshop at Hulme Community Garden Centre is on Saturday 9th June when we’ll be making mosaic plant pots for the garden. Again, we’ll use frost resistant ceramic tiles and glass mosaics as well. Fancy joining us?

Here’s where to book: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products?tags=Week-end+Mosaic+Courses

Photos by Matilda Wigley, Rosalind Wigley and Tracey Cartledge

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Come to Chorlton Precinct Mini Christmas Craft Market Next Week!!!


Come and say hello, have a look at some of the lovely mosaics that have been made in my courses and classes and pick up some unique and delightful Hand-made Christmas gifts……….

Conveniently located in Chorlton shopping precinct, the Arts Festival Hub shop is hosting a mini Christmas Craft Market for 12 days leading up to Christmas…………every day there will different local makers selling their wares. I’m there on Tuesday and Wednesday – 13th & 14th DECEMBER – and it would be great to see some friendly faces and have a chat. I’ll have details of upcoming mosaic courses for 2012, items to see and bits and pieces on sale, including kits – of course!!

The Hub opens at 9.30am each morning and closes at 5.30pm each evening.

SEE YOU THERE!!

Bean and Brushed Up!


It has been a busy day for news on this blog (!) but despite that, I couldn’t possibly wait until tomorrow to share some photos of the completed mosaic pavement signage that I’ve created for Bean & Brush Family Art Cafe in Sale.

Welcome to the Bean & Brush

The Bean & Brush Cafe is a new venture by the same team that runs Laser Quest at the Trafford Centre and is set to be a great family destination for creative activity and chilling out on the week-end. It opens next Monday 2nd May.

I put the mosaic in yesterday, surrounded by all sorts of busy people completing all sorts of tasks in preparation for Monday’s launch. It felt like being on the set of one of those DIY programmes – 60 minute make-over?!!!

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

We’re Going Potty with our Next Mosaic Project!


I’ve searched out these lovely examples to inspire us for Project 3:

The group meets on Thursdays at The Edge in Chorlton, Manchester. It’s a relaxed class with a continuous programme of projects to opt into. See earlier post for further details.

Love Your House: Make a Mosaic Door Number Plaque


In our next project (2) at The Edge Thursday evening classes, we will be making mosaic signs suitable for outdoors, such as house number plaques. This will give you the opportunity to make a functional mosaic for your own house or to give as a gift and to learn some specific mosaic techniques, consideration of colour and composition.

The example is above is by US artist Jennie Stephens. Why not visit her website for more inspiration: http://www.jenniestephensart.com/custommosaichousenumbers.html

You can opt into project two as soon as you have completed project one or you can work on a project of your own instead. Please feel free to bring any of your own materials and your own project designs and ideas to work on or you can arrange with me to source particular materials for you. If you are working on one of the prescribed projects, however, all the materials will be provided.

This Thursday I will bring nippers, safety specs and squeegees for you to purchase, as requested. You can pay on the night or from the website in advance. (remember you need to click the ‘collection’ option instead of standard delivery to prevent the payment gateway from calculating a shipping cost on your order). http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/

For further details about the evening classes see earlier post and/or contact me on info@traceycartledge.co.uk