The dragon has been completed in gold Van Gogh glass, one of my favorites, for the 3D effect. As stated in previous posts, Van Gogh is expensive but worth it! Although I have started the background in a red stained glass, I do want to incorporate a rich blue.
The outline has been completed in black stained glass. As stated in a previous post, it’s important that you have a good amount of glue on the outline. In this case, there is excess glue after laying down the tesserae. You see gold Van Gogh for the interior of the dragon, and red for some of the background. Because red, gold and black are bold colors, I am considering a rich blue either as part of a double border, or in the background in some capacity.
Quite often, I will have an idea and then change it several times. Originally, I had planned a larger version of this dragon, using some less expensive tesserae. As stated in a previous post, making a larger more intricate design is much easier than a smaller version. Working with glass is a difficult medium in that glass is not always cooperative… I have changed the design from a large rectangle to a smaller square. That meant a few design changes for the dragon.
One of the ways I try to save money is using leftover wood in the studio. However, in this case, that would not have been the wisest decision. The rectangular pieces of wood I had left were very large, and that would mean a lot of background to mosaic. The background is not the focus, so I don’t want to use excess tesserae. In addition, I would have been “wiped out” in 2 colors. So, the design was scaled down. Because the dragon is smaller, I will be able to switch to more expensive tesserae. This dragon calls for it!
The last piece of pink stained glass has just been placed. When making a name mosaic, generally it is best to have quite a bit of contrast between the name and background. In this case, a light pink is a great choice against the name in black and the border in purple. Now, we will wait 24 hours and then start the grouting process.
This is a perfect example of our wonderful middle school students:
He earned enough mosaic money to have his own mosaic, but he chose one as a gift. This student wanted something special for his mom. He requested her name in black ceramic letters, a purple border and pink for the background. I put in a second border around her name, for effect.
Again, you will note the grid. In designing mosaics, I often use one.
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.