Oh, and the grout is tinted pink.
I worked on this piece in November 2013. Here you seen the raw boards. I was playing with placement of the shapes. I work with 1/4" hardboard. The smaller pieces were offcuts from earlier pieces and the base was reclaimed from a completely different project.
I wanted to play with the concept of using fabric to "frame" a work and so I covered the whole board with this funky fabric and taped off the area outside the working space. You can also see the two other pieces primed and waiting.
The painting on the boards is complete here. I used 2 different colors and crackle painted for the final coat. Then glued the boards in place
This is what would be called synchronicity, I think. While I was beginning work with this piece I decided to sort through a box of glass that I had lying around. In it I found colors that helped to dictate the fabric choice. However, the glass I found was translucent and the colors would have been lost on the busy background fabric. So I played around with some other items in my studio and came up with a process of back painting the glass that made it opaque, and brightened it up as well.
And here is the finished piece. In addition to the back-painted glass In included pieces of architectural clear glass with the raw edges smoothed down and then worked the remaining space in clear tempered glass.
Oh, and the grout is tinted pink.
Grouting: one of the most uncertain parts of the process.
I wanted the flowers to be grouted white, to help them stand out against the darker background. When grouting with 2 colors you need to grout in 2 sittings. So I taped off the area around the flowers first so the white grout wouldn't bleed into the background.
Once that was done I removed the tape and left it to sit for a bit, then taped off the flowers so they wouldn't collect the darker background grout.
I had some light purple grout left from a different project so I put that on the leaves/lily pads to let them stand out a bit. (Grouting is such a messy process that I usually wait until I have several pieces to do.)
I tried working some light blue and black grouts together on the background, but I didn't like the result so I cleaned most of that off and reworked that area, and the rest of the background in black grout. Now we wait with fingers crossed (and let me tell you it's hard typing with crossed fingers).
Gluing glass to collage pretty much commits you to what you have done. It cannot be undone without destroying the collage work. So before I could go to the next step I needed to work out some design ideas.
I photographed the work and played with it in a sketch program until I was happy with the direction.
Now for the fun part! I knew I wanted the mirror specks randomly placed throughout the "water."
Opaque white glass outlines and accents the flower petals.
the leaves and lily pads got treated to some translucent green glass.
Clear tempered glass filled in the petals, leaves, and lily pads.
Then the background was worked in a clear window-type glass in a pattern I like to call a feather cut. The look is achieved by making shallow cuts along the outer edge of the piece of glass with a dual-wheeled glass cutter
Next: Part 3--Grouting.
This is a new piece in progress. It starts with a 12" x 12" piece of primed 1/4" thick hardboard.
The first coat of color is a splotch dark blue. I would have stopped with this layer but I had less paint in this color than I thought and it was old and the texture wasn't what it should have been. (2/12/14)
For the second coat of paint I mixed phthlalo blue and gel medium to get a smoother, waterier looking finish (2/15/14)
Shapes were cut from some collaged papers I had made up earlier to create the basic design.
The green paper has inclusions of Queen Anne's Lace, so I incorporated those in the lily pads. (2/17/14)
In no particular order, I am a wife; an artist working in glass, collage, paint, mosaics, fiber, plastic, and/or computer; an avid reader; an oldest child; president and member of an artists co-op; a former editor and grammar freak; teacher; friend; singer; and/or all-around know-it-all.