Yes, the blue opus romano is the right choice.
I am very fortunate to be in a position to observe great teaching, by wonderfully creative and caring educators! Mrs. K. is one of those individuals.
Luckily, a new shipment of tesserae has just arrived. Her letter will be outlined in muted orange and cream iridio. The plan is to fill-in the K with various shades of blue opus romano. As you can see, a few pieces of blue have already been placed. That is a money-saving strategy. When a glue outline is poured, it is very important to be generous. The adhesive is away from the edge to prevent glue seeping over. However, it also means that glue will be pushed back into the interior of the base. In an effort not to be wasteful, the blue tesserae is placed on top of the excess glue.
From previous posts, you know I’m all about the color… Originally, I had planned a light turquoise stained glass for the last dinosaur. Subject to change… The thing is, I love Van Gogh glass! The colors are intoxicating, rich, inspiring… A lovely, deep turquoise was begging to be used. With this new element, various shades of green opus romano were used. Bold and whimsical! Sometimes, color reroutes my journey. All that is left is the grouting – too fun!
***Note – The opus vermiculatum really served its purpose.
This is the last in a set of 3. For this dinosaur, I have outlined him in a turquoise and lime green opus romano, with turquoise iridio scales. However, I will be using a gray-green for the background. A buffer needs to be put in place between those colors. Hence, the light blue ceramic tile “snaking” around the dinosaur. The fancy name for the halo effect is opus vermiculatum. This method emphasizes the design, while also serving as a buffer.