Do you ever wonder what the hell is wrong with me? I know I do.
I have a bajillion things that I need to be doing between now and the end of August (I’ll tell you why soon) and instead of doing ANY of them, I started another mosaic.
Yeah, I know – what happened to the tree thingy? It’s still there, I promise. In fact, here’s how far I got before I decided I would slit my wrists with the tiny bits of stained glass if I didn’t take a break:
I drew a design on thinset covered Wedi some time ago that I planned to do in smalti. Here’s where I started with that. I used a photo of a sunspot as a reference, and was over-the-moon excited about it. For about two days. I stashed the substrate in the closet, and took it out about 2 weeks ago. Now at this point in the story I should go back and mention that I tend to smear pencil lines almost into oblivion while working, so I thought I’d use a wet-erase marker to draw the design so it wouldn’t smear. In red. Oh….oh....not yet……….wait for it…..
So, when I retrieved the substrate from the closet a couple of weeks ago, I decided to trash the idea and start from scratch. “So I’ll just cover it with another thin coat of thinset” she says, to no one in particular. And yes, I know you’re a step ahead of me here – the moisture in the thinset carried the wet-erase marker with it right up to the surface. *insert favorite insult here*
So apparently I’m going to do something approximating that design after all. But not in smalti. I started with the Chinese painting stone I got from Mosaic Rocks awhile back, and began swirling out with rocks collected from various sources, including a public seashore which shall remain nameless.
I’ll fill in between those large rocks with marble, also from Mosaic Rocks.
BECAUSE I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO!