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.
I ended up using a lighter Van Gogh green for the grass and a darker Van Gogh green for the swirls. There are also pockets of glue left over from the swirls. Quickly, I need to choose the right tesserae for the background and get busy. Glue is liquid treasure; and one of the ways to save money is not to be wasteful. The tree needs to be the receiver of visual attention, so the background will not be Van Gogh. I do not want competing elements in this design.
For this mosaic, I know the focus will be a tree variation. When working with a nonspecific element, I will often draw a simple sketch onto the base. Since it is not an exact representation, there is no need for me to work within a grid. Where the glue leads me, is where my journey will go. I love all the options!
Note – There is a single border comprised of brown and cream iridio; and the outline of the tree is is dark brown Van Gogh glass. As discussed in previous posts, iridio and Van Gogh add a lot to the design.
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.
As seen in a previous post, the outer border was already done. The inner border is comprised of a lime green ceramic tile and a blue opus romano.
The dinosaur on the left has an outline of blue iridio. Iridio tile is shiny, and catches the light. Again, I used a black gem for the eye and black stained glass for the mouth. You might notice that the gem is the same size even though the dinosaur is smaller. I am a big believer in whimsical, and the large eyes help bring whimsy to the mosaic.
The dinosaur on the right is made of turquoise Van Gogh glass. Van Gogh is pricey, but worth it! An application is applied to the back of the glass. This gives a 3D effect. Even a small amount of Van Gogh makes a big difference in a mosaic… Note-because of the application to the back of the glass, cutting Van Gogh can be tricky. Plan on “losing” some in the cutting process.
Presently, I am playing around with the innards, so to speak. I will save the background for last. For me, background is usually a “support” to the design.
$$$Money-Saving: When you can, invest in more expensive tesserae. Use it sparingly in making mosaics for donations and gifts. A little really can make a big difference!