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MissyWombatGrout, wipe...Hey! I'm FINISHED!!!

Grouting was fun. Wiping the stuff away is not quite as fun and a bit time consuming but at some poing you look up and realise that you have actually finished.

First piece done. The end result can be seen at my blog 8 years ago

MissyWombatAll stuck down and now ready to grout

Next week will mark the completion of my first mosaic!

Acquired a milk crate full of old crockery from the tip shop for…$5! So I can try pique assiette.

Have another trivet on the go. Just another flower in a crazy fashion but this time using lots of colour.

And the blog is still going strong 8 years ago

MissyWombatThe home mosaic workshop is developing too

I now have bought a tile cutter, nippers and a bottle of Selleys Aquadhere Exterior as a tile adhesive. I have order 1 kg of glass tiles with some glass cutters.
Made myself a trivet today just so I could practise smashing tiles and playing with technique.

Still blogging away happily on 8 years ago

MissyWombatLesson 3

Note to self: Pool tiles are pretty but they are an absolute bugger to break!
Finished the turtle and laid out the border so that next week I just have to stick it down. I also need to trim down the mirror by about a centimetre. Then it is a case of filling in the gaps with a white or light coloured tile.
Then I will up to grouting!!!! 8 years ago

MissyWombatLesson 2

After spending most of last week drawing all over my fibroboard, I scrubbed it out, drew a turtle in the style of a Tongan ngatu/tapa pattern and started breaking tiles. 3 hours later…this is the result. Note to self: draw bigger pieces in next time! 8 years ago

MissyWombatI can feel an obsession coming on...

The evidence:
1] I started a blog
2] I went to the tip shop and bought a crate worth of tiles for $15
3] I bought some felt pens and have commandeered an unused scrapbook from my daughter.
4] I’m definitely assessing every flat surface and many others as well. 8 years ago

MissyWombatLesson 1

Well, I toodled off to the first class not knowing quite what to expect.

After all, even during high school I had never stepped into an art room.

The website had suggested that Ro Koch-Laurie would be taking the class. Instead we had Sandy. This was no disappointment as she was obviously passionate about mosaic.

She issued us with a piece of fibrocement board, a piece of rectangular mirror for those who wanted it and told us to design our mirror or wallhanging.


There were lots of books floating around for inspiration and examples of what the last class had done.

But what do you design when you have a clean piece of board in front of you?

I didn’t want to do anything that involved tracing something off a book and I wanted to do something that reflects my interest in Polynesian stuff so I started drawing the kind of swirls and curves you tend to see on Maori wood carvings with room for a border around that. I’m well aware that this is a learning exercise but I want to do a good job of whatever I do. Hmmm.

Colour Wheel

Colour was the next issue. What colour tiles would be available? Many of the colours I like weren’t available and trying to imagine a design in colour with the colour restrictions there and trying to get it right…hmmm. Couldn’t find a colour wheel in the place so that made it a bit harder too.

So I dove into the shard box and played around with a few different colours, started cutting up a few odds and ends and played with layout. Still was stuck as to what to do with the outer border.

The most important thing was that time flew by and I had a ball. I could positively feel that right brain getting a workout. 8 years ago

MissyWombatSigned up and handed over the money

Now I’m committed! Monday May 8, 6 pm is the first class :) 8 years ago

MissyWombatFound a class

The local high school has a course in contemporary mosaic starting May 1. $180 for 8×3 hour lessons.
Monday is the one day that Stephen can consistently look after the kids [Yippee!]. 8 years ago


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