Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Daisy Table

Thank you to all the people who noticed, and said nice things about, the mosaic table which was in one of the last photos I posted. I originally blogged about it here but I thought I'd write about its construction in a little more detail, for those of you who might be interested.

I found a sweet little wrought iron table at the local St Vincent De Paul charity shop which was just the right size and shape to mosaic.
I created a big orange daisy design,
inspired by my seventies kitchen,
and worked outside for three full days,
mosaicing late into the evening
by candlelight
in the hush of my garden.

I made the mosaic out of wall tiles, mirrors and broken china. You can see all three materials in this close up:

(If I was to make it again, I'd build up the mirror and the china so that the centre of the table has a more even surface.)

Unfortunately, the next stage of making the table, grouting the tiles, was less than blissful. In my inexperience, I used too much acrylic paint to colour the grout and, when I put it on to the tiles, the grout filled with air bubbles and wouldn't dry properly. Sadly, grout takes minutes to apply but it takes ages to remove. I cried (literally) when I realised the enormity of the mistake I'd made...and I've been chipping the grout out, on and off, for the last three years.

Not surprisingly, I lost my momentum and the table has sat untouched for a long time. However, after some prompting by friends, and a pep~talk by a terrific mosaic artist called Chris, I decided to have another go at finishing the table in February. I used commercially coloured grout this time, applied it successfully ~ to my relief, and ended up with this:

Here's another close up
(showing just how deliciously smooth the new grout is) :

I am very, very happy to have finally finished it
and I'm also happy to report that I've rediscovered my enthusiasm for mosaicing. I've been gaining inspiration from Helen Baird and her book The Complete Practical Guide To Mosaics, Emma Biggs and Tessa Hunkin's fabulous text Mosaic Workshop and the wonderful work of Kaffe Fassett. I have also started preparing to mosaic my kitchen splashback
...and this time I'm booking into a mosaic studio so I can get immediate advice as I'm working.
Wish me luck!


Anonymous said...

How beautiful! My cousin does mosaic work on cowboy hats and boots. Kinda odd, but it gives her an income. Who knows, maybe one day we will see your art on display. Have fun!

GreenishLady said...

I do wish you luck, but you have already done such beautiful work! I have a fantasy of a Gaudi-style mosaic wall on my patio. For some time way in the future! That table is really lovely. Well done on persevering through your 'mistakes' and turning out something so great.

Thank you for coming by and telling me about your uncle. I was very moved and inspired by the story of his last days.

Ellen Bloom said...

I've always wanted to do this. You are an inspiration!

Laurah said...

Beautiful table! I like the before and after pictures. Must feel great to get the table completely finished! I've never tried mosaics before, but it looks like fun.

Caroline said...

What a great table.

I've mosaic'd small things but never something like this... inspirational!