Lying on the forest floor looking up at the tops of the trees, the sun shining through fresh green leaves was the inspiration behind this piece.
I made several colour drawings using the same design, however I struggled with the green, finding the right shade and how to work it into the design without it looking like a football! So I went with sunset colours and the trees in silhouette. Perhaps a bit wintery, but maybe I’ll work out a way using green later.
I wanted to use smalti for the orange and red sky and black ceramic for the trees, and as there was quite a difference in the heights of the materials, I decided to make it indirect to obtain a flat surface to the mosaic. As the design is quite symmetrical I don’t think a textured surface using the direct method would be so effective.
Here the mosaic is indirect on brown paper:
I wanted to make the mosaic suitable for display outdoors as well as indoors to give the buyer more choice so I used a cement backer board to install the mosaic onto. Before cementing the mosaic to the board, I fixed galvanised wire through the board so the mosaic can be hung.
The next day I soaked off the paper:
And grouted with a dark grey grout :
To finish I grouted around the edge of the mosaic and painted the back of the board black.
The finished mosaic:
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