My Favorite So Far
So, I've been learning the art of mosaic by practicing on stepping stones. This is my latest.
Though I have a couple books on mosaic, I recently picked up Reader's Digest "The Complete Book Of Mosaics" and it provided me with an Aha! moment. Unlike the other books I have which focus mostly on materials and technique, this one had a section on design which taught me that mosaic is as much about pattern as it is about color. Seems obvious to veterans of the craft, but until I saw the examples in the book (a white egg on a black background, done using several different patterns to show how pattern can effect style) it didn't "click".
I tried to incorporate some of what I learned in this stone, but since I'd already started it using ceramic tiles, it was hard to get the good shapes. And that's another thing: I really like ceramic and porcelain tile for the larger sizes. I love the petals on this flower. But darn! is it hard to cut! And the backs have ridges in them which make it hard to level the tiles once I cut them. I'd really wanted to do something different using 4" tiles by incorporating some of these larger pieces then filling in other areas with small tiles, but I don't know. There's probably a reason people mosaic using the 3/4" tiles, heh!