Welcome to yet another post about the progress made on the Philadelphia Public Art project. This is part five of the creative journey.
For this grout and mosaic piece, I chose the sand-based and color Ravengrout. I hope it was not too bold of an idea but, I love the contrast of dark and light and I wanted to use pops of color from adding beads so that was the reason behind this tint of colored grout.
I started using gloves and then discovered for most parts, the best tool to use were bare hands. Art can be messy…why not?
I still have some cleaning up to do. Mosaics is an art with many steps. I hope that you are also pleased with the progress at this point. I can’t wait to start side two of my ArtBox.
Stay tuned. Please visit this blog again to see how the other sides of this Artbox develop. I am happy that you are interested in this progress and I appreciate your comments shared below.
Today I worked a bit on my Philadelphia Art Project. This is the third post on the topic. I hope you are enjoying this creative journey along side of me.
In preparation of this Philadelphia Art Project Challenge, I had to get a few new tools to help me transform this newspaper box. Today, I blog about two of the tools that made my tile cutting much easier.
Two useful tools that came in handy for the initial start of my project challenge are the tile nipper and a dual blade glass tile nipper. I found the wheel nipper to be the best tool so far.
The wheel nipper is great for removing small pieces of glass or tile and mosaic. This dual blade design is for increased precision in shaping tiles up to 1/4 inch thick.
A Learning Curve is always a factor to consider when working with a tool for the first time. I learned two things. First, pace yourself when working. I was so excited to cut my elements that I spent a few hours in non-stop mode. My hands were shaking by the time I finally stopped. I needed some recovery time from the clamp pressures my hands needed to use with the tool as well.
Secondly, if a wheel comes loose or off from the tool because of the use motion, it can be replaced and tightened easily with an Allen wrench. These directions/suggestions are not written on the packaging. So much for trial and error and the courage to self-teach.
My vision in part for my ArtBox will include areas of mosaic. I needed the nipper tools to cut portions of plates that I wish to use to utilize their designs and incorporate those into my over-all design. Simply done, the nippers are placed on the edge of a section and the handle is grasped for a crisp cut.
Cutting adds up quickly once you get a feel for the tool and the amount of tool and hand pressure needed for a cut. I picked out this pattern for the color variety and the dark background. If you hunt a local thrift shop like I did, you may run across great deals on plates, or platters with patterns that are in a range of styles and colors.
Stay tuned and visit this blog again as the project continues to Part lV. I am excited for the direction my vision and efforts are heading.