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 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 - and each one will be a little bit different!

If you have a mosaic commission in mind, do get in touch -

Many thanks for reading,
Felicity x


  1. I love the sheep - she looks friendly without being cartoonish!

    1. Thanks Liz - that's exactly what I was hoping for! Fx

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  3. I do love your #2 sheep now since the grouting! Looks splendid!

    1. Thanks, Jane - grouting makes all the difference! Fx