Category Archives: art

and soul.

Spreading Light and Glue

and she can’t find her glue …

Two Dogs and a Camera

An old picture frame …

recycled picture frames

and hoarded glass objects …

glass-window-project

became this.

shatteredbutnotforgotten

Took a photo of the finished piece, propped it in a window and the wind blew it over and smashed it into a million pieces.

The End.

dog-art Don’t be sad, you have more.

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Winter Blues

maybe my tile tools are under the snow too.

Two Dogs and a Camera

2 dogs and a camera It snowed again. No walks, right?

2 dogs and a camera Follow me, I’ll clear a path and she can sit over there.

2 dogs and a camera

Bet she wishes she could try out her new clothesline.

2 dogs and a camera We miss you, D  and wanted you to know that she’s gone a bit batty – with winter dragging on and all …. not to mention the moving box mountain under 5 feet of snow but no worries …

Mother Nature threw in a blue sunrise and made – at least her – love winter all over again. It’s all good.

blue sunrise Happy Friday.

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Cause and Effect

“For centuries women have been muses to artists. I wanted to be the muse, I wanted to be the wife of the artist, but I was really trying to avoid the final issue — that I had to do the job myself.” ― Anaïs Nin

heart-star-glass.jpg
Little Star – private collection 2010

onward.

Creative Bug

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with
the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.”   –  Hugh MacLeod

Sea Glass Beach Bucket List

Did a search for sea glass beaches and found a few in the US but … the “look don’t take”  policies may be too much to bear. 😉

Mosaic Tile Landmarks
“Half to Have It” glass gardens 2010

There’s a Sea Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California that looks like a really fun field trip and I can’t believe that we were in Hanapepe Bay, in Kauai, Hawaii – twice – and had no idea that they had a sea glass beach. Good reason to go back, I guess.

There’s a bunch of Sea Glass Beaches in Northern California and since I’ve never been to any of them – there are no photos so please visit Sea Glass Beaches in Northern California by clicking here.

  1. Fort Bragg, California Sea Glass Beach
  2. Del Monte Sea Glass Beach in Monterey, California
  3. Davenport, California Sea Glass Beach
  4. Cayucos, California Sea Glass Beach – and they have a sea glass festival.
  5. Abaco Islands, Bahamas has a sea glass beach.
  6. So does Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  7. Bermuda has a sea glass beach too.

And finally, there’s the sea glass beach of Ussuri Bay on Russia’s Pacific shoreline where after decades of dumping glass and porcelain into the ocean Mother Nature turned trash into treasure. Gorgeous.

The closest thing I’ve gotten to a sea glass beach were the glass gardens of the now closed “Half to Have It” shop in Halfmoon Bay.  So sad.

shard-garden
“Half to Have It” glass gardens 2010

Smile, it’s Friday!

The featured photograph was a glass on glass piece called “Swimming with the Fishes” and was sold to a good home.

road blocks and round abouts

after learning how to ship odd-shaped items, to faraway places, by way of Etsy and not losing money, I thought it might be fun to build an online store and sell off my collections … skip ahead hundreds of hours, thinking all systems are go and the infamous one little thing shows up to block a spectacular finish.  it’s all good … I consider that bump in the road as good luck for what’s to come. eventually.

one way or another, it always works out and I only have 110 people ahead of me in line. 🙂

path
wait for it © mara lee

putting the pieces back together

 matilda’s birdland – circa 2011

A $5 thrift store mirror, a gifted box of glass & porcelain birds, a bunch of vintage china, ceramic tile, gold glitter tile, mirror tile, glass gems, found objects and glue.  what a beast.

mosaic tile projects

mosaic tile projects

 

mosaic tile mirror
tough to photograph

 

happy
done and done. happy. happy.
love you
thank you, miss tilly xoxo

before glue

A vintage rotary phone that I painted decades ago.

Well ...
call your mother © mara lee

Which lead to painting a matching telephone table.

mosaic-table.jpg

I was so inspired that I painted this metal stool too. I wonder if Lisa  still has it in her kitchen?

painted-stool copy.jpg

And, I did it all with paint pens.

Just another fine example of inspiration slapping you in the face and then skipping away.

mother recycled china centerpiece in shop

call your mother vintage rotary phone, telephone table and  vintage metal stool – private collection

peace.

p.s. my first MAC computer still works.

mosaic tile garden

mosaic tile pots

Creating garden art with empty terracotta pots. I glued three in an afternoon, let them dry and then grouted them 24 hours later.

Here’s how you’re suppose to do it … (directions vary based on how long you want a piece of mosaic tile garden art to last.:) preparation is everything!

  • Before gluing, clean the terracotta pots out with soap and water. Let them dry overnight. (it’s a good thing)
  • Seal the inside and outside of the pot with a water-based polyurethane or a couple of coats of Weldbond adhesive. (If you don’t seal it no biggie just don’t water a plant in there.) Let it dry between coats and make sure the piece is completely dry before tiling.
  • Use mastic adhesive. (there are other good adhesives for tile but mastic works for me.)
  • Use a sanded grout ( I used charcoal) and mix the grout with a grout additive (instead of water) for more flexibility.
  • Seal the grout with grout sealer, once it’s dry.
  • Reseal the outside of the piece with grout sealer, once a year,  especially if the piece is exposed to the elements or water.

Totem Pole

Mosaic TileTotem PoleInstructions

  1. Prepare clay pots with similar size drainage holes.
  2. Glue mosaic tile materials to pots. Let dry.
  3. Grout mosaic tile pots. Let dry.
  4. Seal pots with grout sealer. Let dry.
  5. Glue clay pots together as shown. (May need to insert the pole first)
  6. Glue the stacked pots to the bottom of the saucer to protect the bottom pot.
  7. Insert a piece of re-bar or heavy pole into the holes of the pots and secure with silicone
  8. Dig a small hole for your garden art totem and secure with rocks and dirt.
  9. Bring mosaic tile pots and garden totem poles indoors when cold weather hits.
  10.  peace.
box of tile tools © mara lee
box of tile tools © mara lee

all rights reserved copyright © mara lee. please do not copy, distribute, duplicate or create derivative works using my original designs and photography. thank you very much!

giant glass explosion …

The antique cupboard is loaded to the brim (4 full shelves full) of vintage glass objects waiting and wanting.

My goal was three glass on glass windows by month’s end.

Using up some of my vintage glass.

Kind of like a puzzle ... only there isn't really a right way to do it.

Glass on Glass Project

Glass on Glass Art Project Disclaimer: Try not to cut yourself, always wear safety glasses and pick a different project to do with the kids.

all rights reserved copyright © mara lee – please do not copy, distribute, duplicate or create derivative works using my original designs and photography. thank you very much!

DIY Mosaic Tile Light Switch Covers

Custom Switch Plate Cover
Creating a mosaic tile switch plate cover @ tilegypsy.com

DIY Light Switch Covers:

  • Start with a HARD plastic light switch cover … found at home improvement and hardware stores. If the plastic is bendy … pass.
  • You can use wood and metal light switch covers too. Makes no never mind. 😉
  • Coat the light switch cover with Weldbond adhesive and let dry. You don’t have to coat the switch plate but … it really helps things stick better.
  • Glue color fast beads and/or tile around the light switch opening with Weldbond.
  • Now I glue from the outside in to establish how much room I have left to work with.
  • Continue to glue the rest of your design and let the glue set up for 30 minutes.
  • Now glue the color fast beads around the edges of the light switch cover and let it dry for for a minimum of 24 hours before grouting.
  • Before grouting … cover delicate items (jewels etc) with painter’s tape before grouting.
  • After the light switch cover is completely dry … mix sanded grout (color of choice) with liquid grout additive, instead of water, for more flexibility.
  • Grout on fill the cracks. Grout off.
  • Let dry for 24 hours the seal grout not delicates.
  • Again … let it dry overnight and install.
  • Depending on the height of the pieces surrounding the light switch holes … you may need to purchase longer screws for ease in use.
Custom switchplate covers sold.
Custom Mosaic Tile Switch Plate Covers • SOLD. © mara lee

MATERIALS:

  • Switch plate covers of your choice. Plastic, wood or metal
  • Weldbond Adhesive
  • Painters Tape
  • Wheeled Nipper
  • Bits and pieces of ceramic tile, china, jewels etc.
  • Foam Brush
  • Painters Tape
  • Wooden Skewer
  • Paper Towel
  • Sanded Grout, Grout Additive and Grout Sealer
  • Longer Screws, if needed
Mosaic Tile Switchplates
Private Collection.

black and white

“The angel said, “I like black-and-white  more than color because it’s more artificial. You have to work harder to overcome your disbelief. It’s sort of like prayer.” ― edited Jonathan Carroll

trolls

 

playing the daily post photography challenge trio  … using the words of others so my passion doesn’t get in the way 😉