This is a picture of the fire place before the mosaic.
Alison found me through a mutual friend Judy Herilla (Karmoxie.com), an amazing women who developed my website. Alison has a great place here in Pittsburgh that she has been "fixing up". She has done much of the work herself, stripping wood work, refinishing floors, a very impressive lady! In her house there are fireplaces that were closed off, painted and repainted Alison stripped and finished her upstairs fireplace and had a vision for the living room. She contacted me and we began to design a piece of art for her mantel and hearth. Alison has a great collection of art in her house.
I think the creation of each mosaic so much fun. Pulling ideas from her and throwing some of my own out there we came up a with a drawing that would become her special piece. I am always willing to change as the project develops so that the patron will love their mosaic! Alison had some amazing ideas that are going to make this piece "hers". I love that feeling that she is including her individual needs into the art. So now we are measuring and remeasuring! Isn't that the rule? Measure two times and cut once! Well I wanted to measure 6+ times because this was not a square piece! The existing mantel has a wood boarder comes down in different places on the hearth. I am using a mesh mat, this is a piece of "fiber" mesh that tile can be adhered to and then the finished mosaic can placed onto a site all at once.
Getting some help with the design work
Laying everything out and prepping is the tedious part…
The creation of a stream…
The next few days animals came to life and a forest began to take shape….
With a little help from my friend
12-22-09I am ready to install…
All I need to do is grout it and voila.
Grouting is a funny thing , it ooks like you have completely destroyed your mosaic.
slowly it reveals a pretty picture.
Little paw prints
After a final wipedown…
A very happy Alison sitting by her new campfire!