I set myself a new project getting back to my love of mixed media. I decided to create a mosaic from my collection of beads, metal charms, paper flowers, seed beads and glass mosaics.
Other supplies included:
- A3 piece of MDF
- Mosaic Glue
- Picture hooks for hanging
One of my favourite sea creatures is a cuttlefish and I thought the textures created with all the pieces would make an interesting sea themed college, something I could hang in the bathroom.
Using some reference pictures, I sketched out a basic cuttlefish onto the wood and painted round it with Primer. When this had dried, I began picking out different beads and metal pieces I liked to start building up a pattern. Once I was happy with a few placements, the gluing commenced!
I had a large translucent bead in mind for the eye, as cuttlefish have interesting eye shapes. To emphasise it I added smaller black beads around it.
After adding larger pieces I began filling in the gaps with a variety of seed beads. I wanted the head, body and fins to be well defined so I focused on making the body blue-green, the fins more gold and the head blue and red.
After finishing all the mosaic part of the piece, I painted around the cuttlefish with some blue Dylusions paint.
When I finished painting, I began adding resin to the beads, mixing in a little bit of blue glitter because I can’t get enough bling! The resin helped secure all the small beads but did spread out a lot across the wood.
To finish my project I added some round glass mirrors. Just need to add my hooks to pop him up in the bathroom.