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Topic: Tiffany-style Watercolor Paper Mosaic  (Read 5445 times)
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« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2014 07:59:26 AM »

WOW! Beautiful!
« Reply #31 on: September 03, 2014 12:44:00 PM »

Absolutely beautiful work! I can appreciate all the hard work you put into this. Smiley

« Reply #32 on: October 21, 2014 08:28:27 AM »

this is beautiful!! what kind of paper did you use? and adhesive? i just moved in to my own place and this is my 1st tiem without any roomates. i want to cover my walls with artworks and i LOVE moasics. so much so that i have a stained glass mosaic tattoo. i would love to create something like this and i even have an idea of what i want to do?

PS.... if youre ever in norfolk, va go to the chrysler art museum. they have a tiffany section and an AMAZING giant piece that i am in love with. its free too so thats always nice.

anyways, this is wonderful and it goes to such a great cause. not to mention it seems yall had a great time making it!! you ladies are awesome!!
« Reply #33 on: October 21, 2014 06:41:36 PM »

I love this! It's gorgeous and I can't even imagine the amount of time put into it. Definitely worth it!
« Reply #34 on: October 24, 2014 02:54:40 PM »

Thank you all again!! To answer some questions, the mosaic was glued to an ordinary canvas from the craft store. I didn't do anything special to prep the canvas, just water colored right onto it for the background (which, if you've ever water colored canvas, looks really mottled and uneven, but that's what we wanted for the "lead lines" to give the background texture).

The paper is just ordinary heavy water color paper. We painted large sheets with the colors we needed, using the ultra-saturated dabbing/dropping technique that I've talked about in the other paintings I've posted (rather than using brush strokes and pale washes of color).

To make it "glow," as someone upthread asked, we made sure our colors were super, super saturated, as vibrant as possible, then used high contrast on the light/shadow areas, so the brightest and lightest colors were paired right next to the darkest colors. I think that gives it the effect that light is really shining through it.

So after we painted the papers, we cut them up into tiny little pieces, separating them into a ton of little bowls by gradient and shade. Then some of the pieces were individually painted to get a specific gradient (like trying to construct the very tiny, oddly-shaped pieces of the face, while still conveying light and shadow).

We used ordinary Elmer's glue to glue everything down (painted onto the back of each piece with a paintbrush), then it's sealed in glass and then framed, so nothing is coming loose. The quills on the feather headdress are stitched on with bronze thread.

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« Reply #35 on: April 08, 2015 09:41:49 AM »

This project blew me away when you first posted it and now I find myself blown off of my chair again! It's just incredible and well deserving of a 2014 'best of' award. Congratulations Smiley.

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« Reply #36 on: April 10, 2015 03:04:10 PM »

Congratulations on making the Best of 2014 list!  This is one of my favourites from last year, it is the most amazing piece of art Smiley

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