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Mosaics : a new challenge

10 Feb

I’ve always liked mosaics, the more inventive and colourful the better. I dream of having loads of colourful mosaics in my garden and took a lot of inspiration from my trip to Barcelona back in October.

My trip also made me just get on a book a workshop I had been pondering doing for some time, so the same day I got back from my holiday I booked a workshop with Lily Mosaics & attended a day later!

It was a lovely relaxed day, I loved picking out colours and seeing all the different mosaic bits n bobs on offer to work with. I went with the intention of making a small plaque of an owl/bird, that I might have hung in my bathroom, but then on a whim started creating a bold geometric design on a small tray.

It is quite a time consuming activity, (well it is when you do something far from simple as a beginner), I found it very relaxing cutting and playing around with different pieces. I got most of my larger motifs done in the workshop and then took a few spare bits to continue at home. I had already acquired several mosaic tiles myself and I ended up incorporating several of these into my patterns at home, as my design evolved.

I had originally planned to do a grey background, however a went for a lighter white, as I thought it’d make the colourful tiles standout more and match the already white tray.

I rather like my finish tray and found the grouting less arduous than I expected, though some of the really tiny pieces I used were a pain in the bum (lesson learnt).


mosaic tray - nettynot blog

mosaic tray close up - nettynot blog

I have since covered a simple picture frame, I’m not a huge fan of the finished result, I didn’t think enough about the edge where the tiles meet, but it looks alright in situ and still an improvement on the boring pine (fortunately I’m not too much of a perfectionist)!

I also made a set of Rennie Macintosh inspired coasters for part of my parents Christmas present. I really enjoyed making them. It was one of those rare occasions where the idea in my head worked out exactly as I imagined!

macintosh ungrouted - nettynot blog
macintosh grouted coasters - nettynot blog
The only thing I’ve not figured out, is what’s the best way to seal them, I didn’t want to make the lovely matte tiles shiny, but equally don’t want them to end up tea stained. I gifted them as they are, but keep meaning to do further research, does anyone what any suggestions?

 

I’m eager to do more now & started collecting ideas on a mosaic & garden board on Pinterest. Just need some warmer drier weather now.

Thanks for reading!

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Tin-tacular

23 May

I have collected over the past few years several tins with the intention of decorating them to make attractive storage in my little craft room. I had thought I would do some sort of collage, but I just haven’t got around to in. So the tins have been used to store various crafting paraphernalia in their naked state for a long time, (8 years in the case of the cigar tin – a great sized tin I acquired while working in a pub as a student).

Making - tins makeover

A week or so ago I saw my friend, Emma’s blog post ‘Decorated Tin Cans’ and immediately thought of my sorry looking tins and it inspired me to give them the makeover they’ve been waiting for!

I read Emma’s blog post and acquired the appropriate supplies and last weekend gave my tins a good spraying. I must admit I’m not very good at the slow and steady approach of spraying at a sensible distance, I went for a faster and too close approach, so my tins are a little blotchy and bubbly in places but absolutely fine for my purpose (I would recommend going for the former approach if you have a go yourself).

Painting first coat - Nettynot Blog
I did have to give them two more light sprayings to completely cover them, particularly with the text on the cigar.

painted tins - Nettynot Blog

What I really liked about this little project was it gave me an excuse to buy some Washi tape, something until now I have somehow avoided. I love it, I found it very satisfying to use as it’s so easy and gives instant neat results.

Finished four Tins - Nettynot Blog

And they’re done! I’m really please with the end results (don’t look too closely) I think the tins look pretty good in their new clothes! Thanks Emma for the inspiration.

You can read Emma’s blog post here and visit her lovely website here!
Thank for reading!

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