ALL SEASONS – BUSY CHAIRS

The link this week is open from  Sunday May 27  through Wednesday May 30 till 7pm, Pacific time.
On Monday the 28th it is Memorial Day  in the USA

Thank you so much for your beautiful posts and thumbnails for All Seasons last week! I continue to be amazed by your posts.  Also, am  enjoying your friendship!

This is the result of my search for chairs or benches. Found too many for one post, so these are the busy chairs:) Chairs for these people did not mean “rest” or lounging. The nice thing about mosaic is one does not need extreme skills in the beginning as with painting. It maybe expensive depending the materials one uses.

For the parents or grandparents among you – this is an activity kids and teens will love.
You need

smashed plates (with a hammer – gloves and safety glasses)  or other materials
mortar – I use the powder to be mixed with water (for in between the pieces) and epoxy for a protective glaze
bucket with water and sponge

It may turn into another day, depending how much preparation one did and how decisive during the process.
Mosaics are a great stepping stone to working with stained glass – finer work and more expensive  -glass and copper or lead holding the pieces together.

My artist-friend Beth did a workshop in mosaic when I was living in Southern California -and it was a blast!  We all did it for the first time.
About 22 of us, between 12 and 60 years of age.  Did not take shots of the younger ones, because I didn’t want them to feel pressured or self-conscious.

Some worked extremely hard,  had pieces the size of a window (and used the frame for their piece).  Others were lounging around, like moi, because I had  s small project, since  in that time I lived in a condo.

 

The men were definitely in the minority. For most of them it was a race against the clock to get finished the same day.  The pieces that are often used come from smashed ceramic plates,  or glass. but one can use basically any material that will stick with mortar.

 

 

 

What are you making? A Door stop.
The end product was stunning, having the pieces laid in black mortar.
Glad someone thought of plastic to cover the table.

 

 

The featured  image is a work in process from another artist. Her art work is usually against my grain – not this time – the mortar still needs to be added, but it’s going to look stunning.

What to use a chair for?
He went beyond a simple piece -at one time I saw him drilling a hole!
Can’t show you the end result, because he was
not finished by the end of the day.

 

 

 

Before you ask – I made a name plate from shells, beads and black garden decorative stones. Referring to Beth’s intro before we started working, she facetiously said when she saw what I had done,
“None of what I said, refers to what you made!” We laughed, because we both knew that is what I tend to do.
(The wooden frame is not bowed – that is result of my hasty capture)

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Kelleyn says:

    My kids would have had so much fun making these! Happy Memorial Day!

  2. What a funny pastime. Happy Memorial day!

  3. Carol says:

    Looks like a fun class

  4. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’ve always been fascinated by the intricacies and craftsmanship of mosaics. What a wonderful exercise! I wonder if I can find a workshop like that here 🙂
    Your piece with shells and rocks made me think of the jars of miscellaneous buttons some of us tend to accumulate. I wonder what creative treasure might be buried there? Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. handmade by amalia says:

    This looks like a fun summer craft. Thanks for sharing.
    Amalia
    xo

  6. kenschneider says:

    Very nice product and looked like lots of fun to participate!

  7. Angie says:

    What a coincidence with this post today … if you look at my post, the second picture shows a pair of moose sitting on a mosaic plate that my daughter made!!! It is a very forgiving and freeing art form, which you demonstrated by doing something different! Well done. Thanks for hosting All Seasons, and Happy Memorial Day!

  8. Jeanna Olson says:

    I bet that guy wasn’t done by the end of the day and it looks like quite the project. I love your name plate and the door stop too.

  9. Cool nameplate, Jesh. Mosaics is another thing I want to try. Your post make it sound so easy and fun to do. Cheers!

  10. Great fun creating mosaics – long time since I’ve done this!
    Thanks for hosting.
    Have a lovely week!
    Ruby

  11. Great results from such a simple activity, and fun too!
    (Thanks for telling me about the comments not being enabled in the Floral Fridays site, Jesh. I think I have corrected the problem.)

  12. TRIPTYCH says:

    Mosaics are such fun! Thanks for hosting, Jesh.

  13. I made a mosaic trivet in jr. high art class. I gave it to my Mother. Who knows where it is now. Probably dropped and broken. It was fun to do, but messy!

    Your piece looks very nice! I had some broken china and couldn’t think of what to do with it, so pitched it. That may have been shortsighted!

    Hope your have a lovely week.

  14. jesh stg says:

    All art is messy – there are many pieces of clothing with a small paint stain – have gotten used to it and ignore it, lol!
    Next time, save your broken dishes for me!:)

  15. Oh Jesh, I wish I knew I would have brought those broken china pieces to you when I saw you last! Next time!

  16. jesh stg says:

    Yes, next time:)

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