Thursday, 20 April 2017

A tricky Roman mosaic design bistro table

Hello blogger friends,

As in life, things don't always go right, and I have experienced that recently with a commission to make a Roman design mosaic table.

To start off with, it is a different style for me which I was/am excited to try - I always like a challenge!  The precise nature of a geometric design meant a lot more measuring and checking, which I thought I had done!  Below is a design I found on Google images, which my client liked for the centre of the round table, so I sort of based my middle design on that.

Courtesy of Google images
My client wanted greys as a colour palette with blues and beiges.  So off I went, drawing the design and starting to cut and stick the tiles.

Here is my original design, and the progress I made with cutting and sticking the tiles.

It all seemed to be going well, until I made the devastating discovery that what I thought was the middle, wasn't the middle, so when everything needed to be the right measurements, they weren't!
What to do?  Nothing, but take every single tile off and start again!
The actual process wasn't as daunting as it sounds, and I collected each colour tile in a tub so I could reuse them in some shape on the Take 2 table design!
With some help from my husband who is very good at these things (and had pointed out the problem in the first place!), we now have a perfectly central design drawn, and it's time to start again.
Of course, it HAS to be right!

When all is completed, I will share the finished table with you, and hope you like the centred Roman mosaic design!

Do get in touch, and if you like my blog and mosaics, it would be great if you could share.
Until next time ..

Saturday, 11 March 2017

A very special mosaic

Hello blogger friends,

Once in a while I am commissioned to make really special mosaics.  Obviously, I feel that all my mosaics are special, but some just make my heart race as I make them.

So, a few months ago, I had an email from a chap who wanted me to make a mosaic for his girlfriend, saying 'marry me'.  Well, I was so excited - what a lovely romantic gesture!  We discussed all the details and designed a special motif together to fit in the mosaic - something special to them.

What an honour to part of such a special moment in a couple's life!

Anyway, I made the mosaic posted it off with all my good wishes and positive thoughts. I didn't hear for a while .... until yesterday, when an email told me the great news that all went well -  she said YES, and seemed to like the mosaic too!

Happy days!
Felicity x

Monday, 30 January 2017

How I grout a rainbow mosaic house number with sunflower motif!

Hello blogger friends,

I often get asked how I grout my mosaics. I must say from the beginning that no one has ever taught me - this is the just the way I do it, and it is seems to work pretty well, so this is for all you budding mosaicists out there!

Having made the mosaic and all the tiles are thoroughly stuck and are where I want them,  I get the Unibond grout, plastic jug and spatula

I measure three serving spoons worth of the powder grout (about the right amount for this 20cm x 20cm mosaic), and mix in small amounts of water until I have a buttercream consistency, the same as in the middle of a cake, mixing it together with the spatula. Make sure you don't get a dry lump of grout at the bottom of the jug!

Next, be brave and get spreading! I work the grout firmly into all the spaces between the tiles.

I keep going over the mosaic, spreading the grout on thickly, and then scraping it off with the soft edged spatula, again and again.

The edges are very important in mosaics - especially for this exterior house number - as that is the place where water might get in. I use my index finger to press the grout right into the edge, going round and round the edges until I am sure it is all completely covered. - be careful for sharp edged tiles!

I wipe all the excess grout off, checking once again that there are no gaps - it's amazing how grout sinks and suddenly a hole appears from nowhere!

Before the final wipe, I use a thin and sharp tool to make the holes either side for fixing, before the grout dries.  I paint the sides and back in an exterior paint to finish it off. The mosaic is then ready to go up, and lift your spirits every time you go into your place for years to come 😀
If you have any questions about making mosaics, or a project you are working on, do leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer it for you.

Thanks so much for reading, and look forward to hearing from you.
Felicity x

Monday, 16 January 2017

Felicity Ball mosaics and Pinterest

Hello everyone,

This is just a little blogette to let you know about all my lovely Pinterest boards.

I have been on Pinterest for quite a while now and really enjoy collecting all sorts of arty pins I like, just so that I have them in one place and can go back there and enjoy them whenever I want!  There is so much amazing work out there of all media, and its such a pleasure to have my very own gallery at the press of a button.

So, I thought, if you are a Pinterest person (or even if you're not!), you might like to join me there sometimes too. Here is the link to my boards -  I am always adding new pins so do keep an eye open, and I look forward to your company over there!

Many thanks,
Felicity x

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Thinking ahead for my mosaic business ...

Happy new year, blogger friends!

With my business this year, I am going to try and learn from last year's mistakes - that's a good start to the year, isn't it?!
Let me explain. As you can imagine, my mosaics take a long time to make - I cut and stick every single tile myself.  Of course, I'm not complaining - I am very lucky and love my work.  But I am determined to improve my planning this year.  With that in mind, I am now using  'The Maker's Yearbook' devised by fellow maker, Nicola Taylor to help us all achieve this - do take a look at her website - it is so helpful!

Last year, I received orders for my popular mosaic bistro tables too late for me to make them in time for spring and summer.  I did make them all in the end, but felt terrible, when the sun was shining and my customers didn't have their tables to sit at.

So, I know it only January and sunny days seem along way away, but I am now encouraging everyone to make their orders now, so that all shall be well and you can enjoy a glass of something the minute the air warms and the sun shines.

For more details, please visit my website and treat your patio to a lovely table and a mosaic piece of art!

Thank you for reading and I would be really grateful if you could share my blog with your family, friends, and followers.

Until next time ...
Felicity x

Monday, 5 December 2016

A mosaic Christmas!

Hello blogger friends,

What a busy time of year this is!  I have to write lists and just do one thing at a time - very satisfying crossing things off!

My mosaic work consists mainly of small mosaics at this time of the year, and they often take as long as the bigger ones - grouting can be especially challenging.  The mosaic standing Christmas tree is a case in point!

It is often a challenge too to price these mosaics as, although they are small they take hours to make, grout, paint and finish - then there is packaging and postage - but hey, it's great to be busy and I feel very lucky,

My round of mosaic robins always go down well at this time of year - I try to make each one with his own character - see below - what do you think?

Of course, there are always lots of stars to make - though they are a little heavy for a medium sized tree ..

...and then there are trees, holly, stockings and all sorts!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my seasonal mosaics - all can be ordered directly from me or for more details about my work, do take a look at my website -

Many thanks for reading and all your support - have a good one!
Felicity x

Saturday, 29 October 2016

October - mosaic progress ...

Hello blogger friends,

I feel very lucky to spend my days doing such a varied and creative occupation.  Since I last wrote, I have finished the Narnia mosaic, run two day mosaic workshops, put in a quote for my biggest commission so far and nearly finished making a rose mosaic bistro table!

Firstly the Narnia mosaic - it was originally going to be a table, but my customer liked it so much, she decided to put it up on her wall!  I have to say, I am delighted with how it turned out, especially the lion.

Then, the mosaic day workshops, where people come and say that haven't an artistic bone in their body, and leave, thrilled, with a lovely mosaic!

Didn't they do well ...?!

I dont want to jinx the commission quote, so will let you know when I know ... ;-)

And finally the rose table, which I have loved making.  I tried to create lots of different roses in the ring, so have had a lovely time looking at roses, for research purposes, of course!

Work in progress on the rose table

Christmas orders are now coming in thick and fast, which is great - so do look at my website - and see if anything catches your eye for the festive season.  I ship my mosaics all over the world - don't forget to leave enough time for me to make them for you, and to find out what any overseas postage costs will be.

Many thanks for all your support,
Felicity x

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

A Narnia themed mosaic table - work in progress ...

Hello, blogger friends!

A while ago I made a Narnia story mosaic for a client's garden - see below

Thankfully, she liked to it so much, she has commissioned me to make a table to complement it.  The table top is quite a big area - 70cm x 70cm square. I make the mosaic on weather proof cement board, and use porcelain tiles, so it can either go inside or outside.  I have sourced a table frame of that size onto which the mosaic top will be attached and sealed.

My client and I are collaborating closely on the design, deciding to have a large head of Aslan, the lion in the middle, surrounded by various iconic Narnia images.

I have to say the lion was a real challenge - I have a limited range of porcelain tile colours to blend - here are work in progress pictures, as I built his face up ...

... and here is Aslan, with all his snipping done!

...rather a handsome chap, I think!

Then onto to some other Narnia images, my client wanted, the lamppost ...

.... a squirrel ....

...and a deer, so far ...

It has been very enjoyable creating all these animals, and I look forward to making more, along with the spring woodland scene.  I will update you in a few weeks - these things take time!

Many thanks for reading, and it would be great if you could share my work with your friends and followers.

Felicity x

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Mosaic sun bowl love!

Hello blogger, friends!

I hope you have all had a lovely summer.  I am lucky enough to have a big family so the summer is filled with holidays and children, and I try to take the time with them, working on my mosaics when I can.
School starts all too soon and then it will be back to snipping in earnest.  I have managed to update my mosaics-ready-to-post- shop for the upcoming months, so do take a look and see if anything catches your eye -  My mosaics do make lovely and unusual presents.
In the meantime, here is some late summer sun for you - a large mosaic bowl inspired by Antonio Gaudi.

Until the next time ...
Felicity x

Thursday, 21 July 2016

See the latest film about my mosaic work!

Hello blogger friends!

Do take a look at this short video explaining a bit about my mosaic work - if you like it, I would be really appreciate if  you could share it with your friends and followers!


Many thanks for watching!
Felicity x