Hey, readers! Hope you all enjoyed our community mosaic story that was featured last month. Yes, I am still somewhat in mosaic mode, as we cross the wall showcasing our artwork often and feel happy for our contribution. Moreover, I am also making small mosaic pieces around the house as and when I get time. So I thought of bringing you all a peep behind the scenes, with this write-up about the process of mosaic making.
Mosaics can be made in multiple ways, the most common and obvious one being the direct method, where tesserae pieces that make up the mosaic are stuck directly on to the substrate and grouted. However, since our community artwork was large and the weather was horribly hot and humid, working outdoors was not a good idea. Moreover, there was the scare of the pandemic. So it was decided to mosaic using an indirect method.
We had a printout of our artwork as the guideline...
...and we assembled the mirror and tile pieces over a mesh.
Cutting tile and mirrors neatly to size is an art in itself, and the boys did a better job of it.
Indirect methods of mosaic making give you the freedom to innovate as you go along. Like the ponytails I added on one of the kids to bring gender balance to our piece.
Once our mosaic was complete, we lifted the mesh and checked for unattached pieces. Other than posing with the artwork, of course!
On the day of installation, we cut the mosaic to size before adhering it to the wall.
Finally, we went back the next morning to grout and buff our artwork. Grouting gives the final finished look to a mosaic, other than sealing and waterproofing it.
And this is us with our mosaic kids!
The finished artwork now looks like this, the mirror outlines glistening beautifully in the light.
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