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Hi - I'm Christine, and I love mosaics. Thanks for stopping by to say 'hello'. I have lived in Cornwall for 35 years, and work from home, where I am lucky enough to have a workshop with lots of light. Wherever possible I try to use upcycled materials rather than buy supplies. I love the formal quality of Byzantine mosaics but I also like the quirky mixed media mosaics that are becoming more popular.
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I run workshops for all ages in North Cornwall, and have even ventured into Devon (even though they put their cream before jam when eating scones!). We have great fun and I bring all materials. recent projects have included house numbers on slate and flowers on board. My rates are very reasonable and the workshops are popular and informal, yet professional. If you scroll down you can see some lovely Christmas mosaics made by my local Brownie pack last week - the girls were so helpful and very creative. I made far more mess with my grout than they did!
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This is my Jimi mosaic made using mostly recycled glass, decoupage and gold leaf for the background. The gold leaf offers a humble nod to Byzantine mosaics and paintings where gold was used to dematerialise the earthly world – gold suggests a place beyond earth, a different plane of existence. By using gold for Jimi, I wanted to suggest that his image has become more than his music; it has evolved into an iconic representation of perceived attitudes of the 1960s, culminating in his performance at Woodstock in 1969.
I recently completed this image of a crane sipping water. I wanted to do a figure which was delicate, in an oriental tradition, but with a modern twist, therefore I used glass, rather than ceramics, and I also added texture by using rippled glass for the water, and smalti with cubed beads as part of the background bamboo. I like the shape of the crane and I think the rectangular framing complements the shape, with the white bars of glass possibly indicating a scroll. I will be finishing the frame with lead edging, which I've never used before , so it will be interesting to see what the overall effect is. If you scroll below the main image you can see a gallery showing some close-ups and also some of the materials I used. I do like the iridescent black petrol glass – it changes colour depending on the light source.
These photos (above) show the sequence of making your broken china 'smash and grab' teapot. In the 2nd photo, you can see that we 'size' the mdf by applying a mixture of the pva glue and water (2/3 glue to 1/3 water), using the plastic spreader. Let it dry. This then provides a really good base upon which to stick your china. The bag provided with the kit can be reused - it's to protect your eyes from flying bits of china, when you do the smashing! Neat pva is 'buttered' to the reverse of the broken piece of china, and then placed on the mdf template. I usually work from the outside in - just so I can keep a line going on the outside with no gaps on the edge. Then the grout is mixed by using 50 / 50 grout powder to cold water. I always use mapei grout - it is the grout of choice for mosaics and has good flexibility. Using the spreader, cover all of the teapot. Don't panic - it always looks messy! You might find that the grout begins to dry out as you use it. This is normal and you can wet your fingers (but wearing your latex gloves provided) and wipe them carefully over the surface to refresh the grout. using your wet fingers, use some of the grout to cover the sides of the mdf. When completed, leave for 15 mins, then wipe with the cloth provided (just dampen it first). This will clean up the surface. Leave for another 15 mins then repeat. You can polish the completed piece when it's dry, with an almost dry cloth. With your gloves on, use some of the pva glue to go over the grout on the outside edge.
Finished! Time to put the kettle on!
If you smash it, why not grab it, and make a unique mosaic by upcycling old broken china and pottery . Here are a few photos showing how to mosaic your wall hanging from broken china. If you fancy having a go, pop over to Makings Handicrafts at www.makings.co.uk and click on the online shop, then scroll to the bottom of the page where the kit is listed. This is a link to the page
I grew up with the music of the Beatles and it has been a constant throughout my life. This is my mosaic based on the cover of 'Abbey Road' - a very iconic image. I didn't want to merely replicate it - I have hidden a few little clues to songs within the mosaic!