DeAnn got me thinking in her comment about people who can craft and say they can’t (why? Perhaps they don’t have the time or patience, and saying “I’m not crafty” is a good excuse for not doing it) versus people who can’t craft and say so.
I’m definitely in the latter camp. My problem is a lack of unfettered creativity. I think most crafts require a good eye for design and form, and I’m all function–How does it work? Can I put the pieces together? I never was good at starting from scratch. I love looking at and enjoying things other people have crafted, but darned if I can come up with fantabulous Etsy-worthy ideas myself.
But my sister challenged all of us to do crafts for Christmas this year. I’ve wanted to learn how to do mosaic tiling ever since I wrote a story about it for Cooking Light back in 2007, so I decided to just go for it.
The thing about mosaics is that they are mostly function. By that I mean, once you have a design, the rest is mostly process. That’s a craft I can get behind.
****Mom, Sarah, and Trina: if you don’t want to ruin your Christmas surprise, stop reading. Pics to follow.****
First, I made a pattern and traced it onto my trays. (This was the hardest part…see NOT CREATIVE, above.) I kept it really simple so I wouldn’t get overwhelmed with my first stab at mosaics.
I used graphite transfer paper.
Next, I painted the trays. I wasn’t sure whether to do this step first (to avoid getting paint on the mosaic) or last (to avoid getting grout on the paint). I did it first. The results aren’t in yet as to whether that was a good idea.
I ordered a bunch of tiles online.
And laid them out on the tray.
But I didn’t really like those gold-black tiles much. They looked better on my computer screen. Let’s try this again:
Much better. Next, I started work cutting and gluing the tiles. This first tray took weeks because I would do a little section at a time whenever Jonathan and I went down to do laundry. After about 10 minutes, he starts pulling cords, getting into my wine rack, and climbing the stairs, so I have to give it up until the next day.
Finally, all the tiles are glued in.
Now it’s time to grout. I’ve never grouted anything before, and I’m scared that I’ll ruin the whole thing. (Mommy!)
TO BE CONTINUED….