Updated: Mar 12
I didn't think my brother was going to get married.
He is a pretty free thinker, and I wasn't sure they needed a piece of paper, ceremony or audience to show his commitment.
They met in 2018 and have been inseparable since. They have magic; you can see it! Together they have two bright, intelligent children.
2020 was a big year for them. Their daughter received a beautiful baby brother, they adventured to upgrade to a home with a yard, and they married.
Yep in November, out of nowhere, I received a bunch of pictures over WhatsApp. My brother had intimately quietly gotten married blocks from this house. Of course, nothing too fancy, outdoors, slacks, a baby strapped to the bride and their gorgeous flower girl.
What else do you need?
They decided to have a wedding reception in August 2021 outdoors at their home in their garden. I am extremely happy for them and looking forward to watching them grow as a couple and family.
I wanted to give them something special to celebrate. So, I made a mosaic.
I wondered if I could capture their happiness, joy and the celebration of their love on the day they committed to each other.
I decided on this photo. I wanted to get the whole family, the delicate flowers, the
closeness and the simple, beautiful intimacy of the atmosphere.
To attain the details I wanted in the mosaic, I chose to crop the image and enlarge it.
My goal is never perfection, because as Dali says, "Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it." So my goal was a family portrait, impressionistic style mosaic."
A first for me.
I enjoyed making this mosaic. Laying the glass was fun as I started to recognize the characters, location and mood. I enjoyed using texture to differentiate coats, creating my nephew's sweet little booties, and the delicate glass pieces I used for the bouquet.
As you can see, I grouted two mosaics at once. I often do this. I find it more efficient; as one is drying, I can work on the other. (Click here to learn more about the boat)
I whipped up my favourite Mapei Grout in 27 Silver and got to work. I like to tape the edges, pour the grout in the middle and work outwards. Once the mosaic is fully covered, I remove the excess with a paintbrush. As the mosaic dries, I keep pulling the extra grout and add grout where needed. Spritzing the grout with water helps keep the grout flexible to fill the grout lines flush and leave a thinner layer of grout on the glass, making it easier to pick and polish later.
Pick & Polish
This mosaic had a time restraint as, of course, I last minuted this one. Because of that, I knew it was only going to get one coat of grout. So I let it dry, hoping that it wouldn't end up with sharp glass edges. My plan did work, but it was harder to do the pick and polish phase.
Overall, I like it, and this mosaic accomplishes what I set out to do. It captures a particular moment in time, a portrait of a loving family, and a unique, thoughtful gift from me.
As always, incredibly grateful to continue learning, creating, teaching, and inspiring.
Artist and Instructor