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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

In The Studio

The studio should be buzzing with activity but we've all taken a bit of break to enjoy the freshly fallen snow. I don't play in it, but I enjoy taking photos of it.

The creative muse enjoyed the break as it often takes a lot out of us both to make detailed mosaics. My brain stays well toasted after working on more than one mosaic as I have this time. But now I'm ready to get back to work!

Before the snow arrived, I made a mosaic for my daughter and son-in-law. Entitled "Wedding Day", it's waiting for grout. This is one reason I've been needing rest ... this was a challenge to create.

Here's the original photo taken by the wedding photographer on their special day in 2012 that inspired to mosaic.

And here is my mosaic, not yet grouted.

Wedding Day - 10 x 10 inch

Wedding Day - using Stained Glass, Broken China, Mirror
This mosaic will have a few different grout colors. The dress will be done in white, the skin will have flesh tones, their hair will be brown, the suit will be black and the background will be gray. I'll use black and white grout and acrylics. I have more control with a paint brush than I do with a grouting tool and paint gives the same effect once finished.

My Grandson and I were talking this morning about making the gifts we were supposed to work on last week. We need to make key chains for his teachers, bus drivers and his great-grandparents. I think I'll get everything ready after he gets home from school today and we'll make them. I'll share photos when they are finished.

My son-in-law (the one shown above) has a birthday on Christmas, poor thing, so I always try to make him a birthday present in addition to a holiday gift. This year I've been stumped as to what to make for him until I remembered they went to Hawaii for their honeymoon and he might like a glass-on-glass beach scene trivet. I'm going to use that as my motivation and go for it later today.

I've got a few people to make gifts for yet before I can rest the muse again but I am positive I'll have most if not all finished by the time we gather together for holiday gift giving. Nothing compares to giving a handmade gift. I love to give them and I love to receive them!

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Stay peaceful,