Giant Mosaic Mural:Return of the Grout

by Beccajo

It is finished. My giant, lovely mosiac mural is installed and hasn't fallen off the wall, yet.  Fabulous.

created on: 02/26/08

So where were we with the last couple of posts?

Well, we'd come up with a design, collected and then broken up the plates and tiles, glued them down, and let them set.

GROUTING

Always my least favorite step in the mosaic making process. And, the one that always has to come last, so you can't get mad at me for leaving the dirty work...

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Build a Giant Mosaic Mural: step 1!

by Beccajo

OK friends, one of the reasons I've been absent from writing much lately is that I've been working on a HUGE mural: a wall mounted mosaic commission for a coffee shop that's being constructed in my neighborhood! Exciting!

So I'm going to lead you through the process of building a giant mosaic installation of your very own.

Since it's not installed yet, I'm gonna break it into a few parts (just like you break a plate, ha!)

1. Planning and purchasing

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Buzzy Garden Stakes

by Beccajo

Make some cute little garden stakes in under 20 minutes.

I got most of this stuff at local craft and junk stores, but you should look around and see what you have lying around that could work.

What you'll need:

  • Old scissors
  • Wire Cutter
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • 22 gauge wire (I used green floral wire)
  • Thin Copper Sheeting, cardstock weight (got mine from AX MAN) You could also use the printed side of pop cans for a folk-art feel.
  • Copper Tape, 1/2 inch wide or...

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Switched On: Renter's Switch plates

by Beccajo

Ok so you're renting your apartment and can't paint, wallpaper, or make any major changes.

Why not have a bit of fun with your switchplates and outlet covers?

TOOLS NEEDED:

  • Scissors
  • Magazines, calendars, maps, post cards, or newspapers with interesting images
  • Tape (double sided or regular, it don't matter!)
  • Pin or needle
  • Screwdriver (the metal kind. Not the kind made with Orange Juice)
  • OPTIONAL: Permanent marker or nail polish, PVA glue or waterproof...

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Word Wrapping Paper

by Beccajo

Are you stuck at work just before the holidays? Do you have a lot of small gifts to wrap?

Word Wrapping Paper

Do you have MSWORD on your computer? Got a printer?

That's all you need to make cool graphic wrapping paper!!!

 

Step 1:  Choose some clip art, in this case, snowflakes. Choose 'Insert', then 'Picture', then 'Clipart'. Search for the image you want. I used just four snowflakes for this paper.

Step 2: 'Right click' on each snowflake, choose 'Format Picture'...

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Deco vs. -n-Crafts: How to tell apart your Arts

by Beccajo

Art Deco and the Arts and Crafts movement were quite popular during the early part of the 20th century, with the Arts and Crafts movement lasting from approximately 1890 to 1915, and the Art Deco movement taking the stage from 1910 to 1939.

Both aesthetics are quite relevant to today's design sensiblity, but you don't want to confuse the two.

Here are some handy pointers to tell one from the other.

 

Deco vs. -n-Crafts: How to tell apart your Arts
   vs.

ART DECO: Modern materials, clean lines...

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Lofty Ideas pt. 1: Saturation Point

by Beccajo

I've been collecting magazine and online clippings for many a year, just waiting for the day when I had a blank slate to decorate all my own. That day draws near, I'll be moving into a new artists loft this spring.

It will have brick on one wall, and the others will be drywall. It has grey concrete floors. I have a black TV console with a grey TV, a white IKEA dresser, and a black and white shelving unit. No real significant rugs or chairs...

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Under my feet

by Beccajo

My quest for the (near) perfect bathroom rug has FINALLY paid off, and I got a good deal, no less!

My bathroom is a very strange amalgam of design choices. My obessions with Koi fish and seashells are well represented, but my towels are a deep royal blue. So blue, orange, and tan have been the predominant colors.

Most of the rest of my apartment is blues, greens, and other cool colors. I like the underwater look, what can I say?  The actual floor...

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Color Quest: Underwater World

by Beccajo

Blue Planet 

Went to one of my favorite sites this AM, Cuteoverload.com and found this gorgeous picture of turtle kisses. Of course, if you've seen my mural pics, you know I have a thing for the world just beyond the surface of the nearest big body of water. Growing up in Minnesota, can you blame me?

Color Quest: Underwater World

What amazing colors. The cooler colors have always appealed to me in home decor, clothing, and art, they are just so restful and soothing. There's...

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