Winsome Window is, a piece designed around what one might see from their window. It's in our nature to seek out views that please our senses and give us a feeling of contentment. We accomplish the same thing inside our homes with color, style and art choices.
To start, I always assemble some fabrics and spread them out like a painters palette. If something doesn't fit, I'll toss it and throw in another choice. I won't necessarily use all these fabrics, but it gives me a place to start. I might even add to this palette array throughout the whole process. Sometimes these stacks can get pretty big.
I was very happy to find these small motifs in my fabric stash. They looked like little windows and had a nocturnal feel that would allow me to use lots of fun colors to create contrast. To add to that color fun, I switched from my usual black background fabric to this beautiful splash of wine.
There is no one place to start your mosaics. I'll start anywhere that draws me first, in one of the four corners, and sometimes in the middle, like this example. Since my windows were cool, darker shades without a strong light source, I decided that I would create a center light, giving the impressions that the whole work was gently kissed with soft light.
I like to mix up the size and shape of my mosaic cuts. You don't have to do it this way, you can use all the same size and shape, if you like. Whatever creates beauty in your eye, is what's right in your artwork. The color contrast between the wine and cyan, and between the yellow/gold and blues is what makes this piece cohesive and interesting. Each of these colors plays off the other. Not that most people will notice, but these little guys are having more fun than they should...
I know you probably think I'm a little crazy, but my art has a mind of it's own, and left to their own devices, some of these mosaic cuts might decide they would rather be in some other design. To prevent that from happening, I like to box them in, frame them so that they will understand that this is home. It works for me, and they don't complain too much.
I hope you've been inspired to make a mosaic of your own. The process is simple, as you've seen.
* Collect some fabric pieces
* Apply a heat bonding element to the back ( I use Wonder Under)
* Cut and arrange a few at a time and iron them into place. I use a very small tack iron until I'm finished, and then iron the whole piece with my regular iron to make sure it has a good bond.
* If it helps, sketch a few guidelines on your background fabric with a light colored pencil. Be sure to cover the line with your mosaic pieces.
* This piece measures 16 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches, but you can start much smaller.
Artist: Lynda Coker
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