From one artist to another … a blast from the past.
Someone stenciled this discarded heart-shaped piece of wood.
It was one of those thrift store finds that immediately got my attention and did not end up in storage. I cut and glued vintage china shards, pink iridescent tile, red mirror tile, silver tapestry tile, green glass gems, a couple of red glass hearts, red lips and finished it off with charcoal grout.
It sold the day it was finished. No regrets, except not keeping it. 😉
Charcoal was a good choice.
Moving on … insert whooshing sound here. “D”
“One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
If one of your resolutions is to bring more creativity into your life, think Pique Assiette Mosaic Tile!
Due to its random nature, anyone can do it!
Really, you’re just gluing stuff to other stuff. Besides, it can be a very cheap hobby … or not. Depends on how obsessed you become.
To get started, find a space to call your own and stock it with the right tile tools, materials and adhesives.
Start small and you’ll grow from there … believe me.
Best mosaic tile tools …
#1 Wheeled Glass Nippers have a set of disc shaped wheels on spring-loaded handles. They should be used to cut glass, mirror, glass tiles, and the like in a manner similar to tile nippers. Replacement wheels are sold separately.
#2 Mosaic Tile Cutter are designed for cutting ceramic tiles, crockery and china. Better tile nippers have tungsten-carbide cutting edges and spring-loaded handles.
#3 Weldbond Adhesive, e6000 Adhesive, Mastic and Grout
Always good to have nearby:
Small Penny Hammer
Needle Nose Pliers
Self-closing tweezers (a little more expensive than regular tweezers but well worth the investment.) Make sure to keep them glue free!
Toothpicks or wooden skewers
Now all you need is a base, tile and some found objects. Ta da.
Years of practice and I can still only do what I’m doing while I’m doing it.
Writing this post thinking about walking bootless dogs, getting the towels out of the dryer and mourning the loss of bagels … must be the gluten … seriously they could have come up with a better word.
Could have listened to Ram Dass, in eighth grade, when he wrote … “Now is now. Are you going to be here or not?”
Being in a moment is an interesting place and from what I can tell, while I’m in and out of consciousness, it’s very relaxing, it doesn’t cost anything to get in, it’s really quiet and the doors never close.
Insert Favorite Quotes by Ram Dass here - have a different moment I have to get to. :)-
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ― Ram Dass
“In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.” ― Ram Dass
“We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.” ― Ram Dass
“Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.” ― Ram Dass
“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” ― Ram Dass
“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.” ― Ram Dass
“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.” ― Ram Dass
“A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done.” ― Ram Dass
“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” – Ram Dass
and a personal favorite … “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.” ― Ram Dass
The vintage window was a gift from my sister friend, Tilly Evan Jones … it sat around for a couple of years waiting and wanting. Finally glued a bunch of my vintage glass collection to it.
All you need is a sturdy window (or frame) with good glass, wheeled glass nippers, small hammer, hand towel, safety glasses, random glass objects and e6000 adhesive. This project must be glued in a well ventilated area … without the kids and pets.
Break glass dishes under a dish towel with a small hammer and gentle hand or use wheeled glass nippers to break up glass objects.
FYI … There are glass plates that will shatter into a BAZILLION PIECES without warning so … don’t be … going to use the word stupid – because it really is … ALWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES when cutting glass or tile and do a different project with the kids.