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Friday 20 March 2015

Mosaic sunflowers!

Hello everyone!

It is rather fitting that, as I write my blog about sunflowers, the sun is really shining (with a bit of warmth!) here in Bristol!

We all love sunflowers, dont we?  Those gorgeous yellow golden petals and the generous wide brown seed head, with shapely green leaves.  I have made mosaic sunflowers for some years now, and am really getting it down to a fine art!  I have collected all sorts of yellow, orange and red tiles that I use - different thickness and textures to really bring the sunflower to life!  Here are just some of the sunflower variations I have made -

This week I made a sunflower bowl.  I had to use the same thickness of tile for the mosaic, so it was as flat as possible and could be used practically as a bowl.  I used extra glue so the tiles stuck really well on the slightly curved surface, varnished the sides and back, and sealed the mosaic, so it really is a useful bowl as well as being a work of art!
Do have a watch of my short product film to get a feel of how it is in real life.  As my mosaics can be so hard to photograph, I am going to make more of these short no-frills films.

I do hope you have enjoyed seeing my mosaic sunflowers, and, as always, I love to hear from you,

Happy weekend,
Felicity x

Sunday 15 March 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday 13 March 2015

A tricky mosaic commission!

Hello everyone, and welcome to my Friday blog!

I love a good mosaic challenge, and I have certainly had one this week!

I was commissioned to make a mosaic of a sheep - which on the face of it doesn't sound too tricky .... My customer wanted a more realistic looking sheep rather than a cartoon Shaun the Sheep - like sheep!  She sent me a few photos of the sort of sheep she was after, to use as a starting point.

Once I had outlined the shape of the sheep and decided on four/five different tiles to use for the body, I was ready to start.  I looked closely at images of sheep on Google to see the direction the wool went on the sheep's body, and started to cut and stick my tiles accordingly.  I had the perfect mottled/brown tile to replicate the different colours in the wool.  I then used the shape of the tiles to make it look as real as possible.

That went well, and I was pleased with the body.  I always leave the head and face until last, so I can see what it would like on the body, if you know what I mean!  Then started hours (literally!) of trying to get the face right - the eyes, snout, nose mouth - ooo it was tricky, but my Facebook followers www.facebook.com/FelicityBallmosaics.co.uk were a great help, confirming my suspicions that the mouth/nose were wrong in version 1 - see below.

Start again!  My breakthrough came when I looked closely to see sheep actually have a sort of triangular end of nose and quite a narrow length of nose.  From then on, I didn't look back, and it came quite quickly.  I think all the sheep I make in the future will have different faces (and characters!) but below will be the basic formula.

And here he is finished - what do you think?

I am now happy to say that you can order a mosaic sheep from my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FelicityBallmosaics - and each one will be a little bit different!

If you have a mosaic commission in mind, do get in touch - felicityball@justmosaics.co.uk

Many thanks for reading,
Felicity x