Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mosaic Madness

So, you may remember my post sometime back on the reno's we are slooooowly getting through here.  If not, catch up here.

At this time of year, and a good portion of January, work is on the quiet side.  I usually spend this time lying in a hammock, reading.  Last year, I read the autobiographies of Ronnie Woods, Eric Clapton, Slash, Carole King, Carly Simon (my namesake), Suzi Quattro and Joni Mitchell.... yeah, just a little time on my hands!

This time round, I decided I'd do more 'constructive' things... these days I read in order to fall asleep (now that Micko is better trained - haha), so I'm not neglecting my brain, just using it in another way.

One word for you... Mosaic!

No, I've never done it before... and 'Yes', I have no fucking idea what I'm doing... but I'll give it crack!  I was a creative type (still am in some respects - the arty crafty thing has gone downhill since finishing up at Uni - over 10 years ago!!!) so I'm sure I can handle it.  Besides, I'm going down the tile track and no cutting for this project.  That should lighten the load a little.

Here is where I'm at so far....


I started with this.... used to be old brown early 80s tiles.  Some missing, some about to crack off.


Did the middle section first so I had a rough idea what to work around...


Worked out (slowly) the breakdown (I'm totally shit at math and didn't have a measuring tape to work with!)


Working around the centre piece


Almost there...


This is what I ended up with in the middle section... would have like to do some diamond stuff, but didn't want to fuck around with cutting when I have no idea what I'm doing.


Looking down at my workspace - the built in table....

Now I've just got to glue them down and grout... that's the easy part, right?

Next... the big Art Deco stairs... going to be a little more ambitious and creative on those.



12 comments:

Elissa said...

I would love to try Mosaic as well one day. The table looks amazing, so vivid and so creative! Congrats!

Oh and I also read to fall asleep, it is the only chance I get to read and puts me to sleep every time!

Nicky said...

That looks bloody awesome Karl!

bananas. said...

that turned out amazing!!! OMGawwwwdddd! i'm so impressed!!!

Lucy said...

Hi lovely, I have tagged you on my blog http://livingthelucylife.blogspot.com/2010/01/ten-thingshave-you-been-tagged-as-well.html

...Mrs.P! said...

That is so cool! Nice work. Mosaic is something thats on my list of things to try...one day I'll get there.

pixielation said...

That looks gorgeous! I love your workspace. I've always wanted to do mozaic, and never got myself organised to try!

Melissa B. said...

Incredible! You're one talented gal. Unfortunately for moi, I'm not the crafty type. SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did...

Woody Woodpecker...Knot a Problem!

Jack said...

That looks mega! Can't wait to spill something on it!

Sharnanigans said...

That looks great! My 91 y.o grandma is a wizz bang with mosaic too. It is the coolest thing. Actually she made me a table top in mosaic which I left at my aunt's place in Sydney going on 4 years ago, must get it back.
Keep it up! It looks amazing!

Adorably Distracted... said...

good job!!! I love that table! it gives the room such a unique look!!!

LiLu said...

Chica, that is totally. And completely. BAD ASS.

pretty*pink*rat said...

Love the table!! So awesome, love the colors!!

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