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Monday, February 19, 2018

Mosaic Monday

A good example of my favorite mosaics to create is included here in my blog post today. I love using discarded items and creating something new with them. Giving new life to them is one of the best feelings in the world. This glass mosaic plate was once a useful microwave plate used every day to cook and/or heat up food being fed to a family with love. The love continues in a new way here with this mosaic.

Mosaic Stained Glass Plate, Mosaic Plate, Trivet, Fall Colors, Earth Tones, Abstract Mosaic Art, For The Home, Autumn Decor - 15 inches - $100.00


This is an abstract stained glass mosaic made using photographs I took of leaves throughout the fall season from my favorite tree in the apartment complex I once lived in. I taped them all together and placed it on the bottom of the plate and added stained glass colors representing the colors of the leaves; following the color scheme more than the actual shapes of leaves and trees.




No matter how you turn this piece of art, it completely changes perspective. Honestly, no matter how it's placed, it is quite beautiful. Stained glass colors used are all the colors you find in nature during the fall season. I hand cut every piece of glass in this mosaic.

The photos show the process of creating this mosaic using photos I had taken of my favorite tree's colorful leaves. You can see the work-in-progress before the mosaic was completely finished as well as the final results.




I love making mosaics on discarded items; transforming them into something beautiful and unusual. Such is the case for this mosaic. Very small hand cut pieces of stained glass were placed on a discarded 15 inch microwave plate and grouted, creating a work of art.




This plate is meant to be shown in sunlight. I have been known to call these plates suncatchers, but traditionally suncatchers are hung in the window. My plates are heavy and hanging is not recommended nor do I craft them for that purpose at the moment. They look fantastic sitting in the window in a display dish holder (not included).



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Friday, February 16, 2018

Business News - Friday

I just ordered a bunch of nifty postcards to include with sales before shipping them out. I used Visaprint and a even niftier coupon making these most affordable. I love them.

50 glossy postcards for less than $15 (shipping included).

I'm sharing the old business cards I still use. I'm considering changing the logo photo since I've changed the name. However, I really do love this photo of the gazing ball and it's reflections here.


On the table, after the hearts are completed, will be a large glass vase I'm putting mosaic magic on for a dear friend. I'm using some awesome glass for this one. I'm exciting to work on it when the time comes.

Here's the glass (including a broken red vase from my stash) that I purchased for this vase.


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

From The Studio - Wednesday

Happy Valentine's Day! Appropriately, I started working on the first heart I'll be donating to Florida. I'm very messy with thinset and get frustrated because of that, so it's taking me a little time to get through it. However, I'm positive once it's entirely filled in, I'll be very happy with it.

Here's the progress photos from the beginning to where I left off yesterday afternoon.

Because I have trouble cutting a straight line freehand, I use a white tealight candle to draw the lines before cutting.

The wax is easy to clean up and off of the glass and the scored lines are much straighter.

Hearts and flowers.

Mesh is cut to fit and taped down over a piece of plastic and the drawing.

Placement of the glass gems was done first.

The flowers start to form.

Messy thinset but once completely filled in, I'm hoping I can clean it up a bit.

Next Wednesday I'll share the progress and hopefully it will be finished!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Mosaic Monday

It's Mosaic Monday, the new weekly post from my blog. Yay!

I'm starting off with one of my favorite mosaics that I've made. "Finding The Joy". I created this in 2009.


This is a 10 x 10 inch mirror filled with colorful stained glass, glass tile, glass gems and mirror. A single stone with the word "joy" has been included.

This has done a little traveling over the years. I used to bring it with me when I taught basic mosaic classes and recall one person signing up for the class saying: "I want to do THAT!" pointing to the mosaic mirror.

This was listed in my Etsy shop the first time around, also in 2009. Today, 9 years later, it's headed toward the Etsy shop once more!



I'm really excited to include this once more in the shop.





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Friday, February 9, 2018

Business News - Friday

Today's post will be about the business side of business.

I've recently decided the business needed a bit of a boost and so the first thing I've done was change the name all across the board from Earth Mother Mosaics to Art By Earth Mother Mosaics. Some things can't be changed or will be slow in getting through the channels it takes to switch completely over.

I now have a new website (still under construction): artbyearthmothermosaics which will get tweaked and rearranged many, many times before I'm completely happy with it. But please check it out and let me know what you think of it so far!

One of the new banners with the new name


Now for some exciting news! I was asked to be part of mural going up in Orlando. Diversity Mural in Orlando! will be a combination of mosaics hearts in many different sizes in rainbow colors. This mural will have a silhouette of a person blowing a kiss toward the rainbow. Taken from their Facebook Group page this information explains how it was conceived: "The design developed as a response to the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, FL as a way to send support and love to those who suffer from discrimination and hatred. After the presidential election, the message felt even more urgent, and more broad. We feel this message extends to all who are persecuted for being outside of the mainstream. It is a giant, visual love note to the world, and a way for participants (heart-makers) to express support for and alliance with disenfranchised people. Now, Jennifer Kuhns and Cherie Bosela are teaming up to create a second version of the mural to be installed on an exterior wall in Orlando, FL. Cherie's mosaic studio, Luna Mosaic Arts (http://www.lunamosaics.com) is in a neighborhood 5 miles north of the Pulse Nightclub, and she'll be collecting completed hearts at that location. Jennifer will fly to Orlando when enough hearts have been collected to work on the installation. Our hope is to coincide with the second anniversary: June 12, 2018. However, this is a very quick turnaround, so we are staying flexible."

How awesome is that?! I've chosen to make my heart(s) in purple. Check in next week as I share the progress along the way. I'm super excited to be part of this. It really makes me happy to know my little heart will be added to many, from all over the world, to show love and support. That's just so very cool!!

Have a fantastic weekend and remember to enjoy the moments!
 
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

From The Studio - Wednesday

While sorting dish shards is mostly what I'm doing this week From The Studio, I am also every so often picking up the glass nippers and working on a mosaic panel privacy screen I've had as a WIP (work-in-progress) for a little over a year now.

Winter-themed "Let It Snow" a mosaic I started working on before we moved, sat unattended while we moved at the end of December 2016 and a long time after that. Recently I unearthed it once more and finished what I could. I needed/wanted some glass I didn't have enough of in the color I wanted it in for the background. So it sat a little longer until I made a sale and was able to purchase it from an Etsy shop. This stuff is awesome too. Tumbled and feels a lot like sea glass.

Started in November 2016
Picked up again December 2017
Started adding the border in January 2018

After the border was finished I had to put it all aside once more and wait for the glass I wanted to fill it in with.
Awesome glass, tumbled and sliced just right came from Pieces of Me Mosaics on Etsy.

At this point I was trying to decide if I wanted to keep them in one piece or cut them.

Nipping them was the right decision and I quickly went to work at the end of January 2018.

Finished and ready for grout! February 5, 2018
Check back on Friday when I share the next project on the work table and some general business news.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

A New Year: 2018, I Welcome You!

Greetings! Things have been hopping around here since the end of 2017 and I couldn't be more excited!

I'm in the midst of an organizational cleanse, something I didn't do last year but usually take January and February to get my space clean and organized. I'm going through dish shards at the moment, sorting them into 3 different categories: designs, floral and solids. Very small pieces are being studied and if it's possible to use them, I keep them. If they are odd shaped on all sides or something isn't quite right, I toss them. There isn't much I toss, but in doing that, even with a few small pieces, I allow the muse some much needed energy to grow.

Luckily, I occasionally have a helper; one of the grandchildren who is in high school now has been coming up to my attic space for a few hours every so often on a Saturday and assisted me in my small studio. So far she's learned to grout 3D objects (small ornaments) and prime substrates (wooden pieces to be given some mosaic magic) and is now helping me with the tedious task of looking at every small piece of tess and deciding where it should go. I'm not sure I can ever convince her to allow me to take her picture for the blog but I'm hopeful you'll meet her soon!




Once everything we've found has been sorting in this way, we'll go through it once more for a final sorting, all by color and put into bags and containers and back on the shelves. Then we get to start in on the glass pieces! Woohoo and yikes!! There are twice as many small pieces of glass all tossed together in boxes as there was dish shards, so this might take a while!

Sometimes, because I have a tendency to dump things when I don't have time to sort through what I'm using properly, I end up with lots of different goodies such as these within the boxes marked "dish shards":


Last year around this time, I was just getting settled into a new home, new surroundings, new people. Our family vibe is still strong and we're all growing strong and being nurtured by the elements around us. There is love and respect for each other and we all enjoy each others' company. We're still 10-12 strong here at the farm and believe it or not, some days we don't even see each other! But when we're all gathered around in the kitchen, it's a wonderful feeling to know we are not ever alone.

On Wednesday, I'll share what's on the work table and tell you about some exciting things coming up, including a new business name and website!

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