Mosaic II

As easy as it seemed, this recent mosaic project, an outdoor wall, left The Purple Frog disheartened.

Not all making projects leave you with a sense of accomplishment. Some leave you with an after taste of diligence wasted.

So Sharing the learning…

  1. Big mosaic art projects should be gradual since the results are hard bound with concrete and grout. For instance, this big outdoor wall project has not come out as well as The Purple Frog hoped. No matter how everyone compliments to keep your heart, a mosaic project can’t be locked in a cupboard.
  2. Here, it’s right there every time The Purple Frog hops towards the balcony. It keeps talking back…work on me, I am a disaster, set me right please…and oh you want to run away from the wall that has been wronged…
  3. Lopsided estimation of tesserae needed in the big project…OMG, how that stalls a project.
  4. The Surface – Oh that one gives nightmares when the surface is vertical and outdoors. All design dreams can fall flat.
  5. Glue rescue

The Purple Frog’s love for glues of the strong kind has just doubled and trebled after this not-so-great a project. When concrete ditches by drying up so fast and tesserae and outdoor heat don’t keep things together on that vertical giant wall, oh my god, how the glue rescues. Advanced level glues and The Purple Frog now have an extremely trustworthy relationship.

6. And Oh That Mesh

Cut that mesh into many smaller pieces to work together a big piece. The big piece by itself can be a giant to be moved and fitted on that scary vertical monster waiting to gurgle out all that’s placed on it. Concrete ditches and glue rescues, once again.

7. Ready made tesserae are better than nipping your own old porcelain (bone china) pieces. For a starter, ready made stones and glass tiles and working on them with nippers is better.

8. Last but the most important… no matter what’s the scale of one’s work, while nipping, safety goggles are more mandatory than the ‘don’t drink and drive’ sort of rules of the planet.

In Between

Many other things were made recently. Yet mosaic work, like monsoon, calls The Purple Frog out to hop and continue trying and never mind the mess. Thus, re – attempting this art form with a different approach is on the cards.

P.S. Not posting the pictures yet. There is still a corner that’s left to be touched. A paint job over white cement in colors of existing mosaic is the idea. It may create an illusion to go well with the rest of it. Amen.

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