Once the foreground glue is dry the packing tape is removed and the background is mosaiced. And then we wait for that glue to set. For this piece I used a water-based glue that goes on white and dries clear.
And here is piece ready to be grouted.
When the grout has dried and the piece is buffed and cleaned the hanging hardware is installed. Price/information tags are attached as well and the piece is signed on the back.
And there we have it. It's a bit of a process, but anything worth doing takes some work.
Once the collage medium has dried I drill holes in two adjoining corners of the piece. I tried doing this at the end of the process but find it's just much easier to do it before the mosaic goes on.
Working with a process called double direct mosaic I lay a piece of clear contact paper, sticky side up, onto my letter template and apply masking tape the corners to hold it steady.
Then I adhere the glass to the contact paper. This glass is amber translucent glass that I backed with silver foil to make it opaque and spectacular.
It's a little hard to see, but once the letter is complete I take a piece of clear packing tape and stick that to the front of the glass. Since it's a little stickier than the contact paper it's not difficult to transfer the letter as a whole.
I apply craft glue or silicone (depending on a couple different factors) to the back of the glass.
The letter, with it's packing tape, are attached to the collaged base. You can see at the bottom curve of the J that there's some white craft glue peeking through between the glass pieces. Not to worry. This will dry completely clear. and once its grouted it's like it never existed.
More to come.
So I start with a primed board (1/4" hardboard primed with water-based Kilz).
Then I cut it into smaller pieces. The sizes tend to range between 2"-5" wide by 3"-5" tall.
From here each smaller piece is handled individually. The edges are sanded smooth and any dust is removed.
The piece is coated on one side with collage medium and adhered to a piece of paper
Once the collage medium dries the corners are clipped.
Then the edges of the paper are folded over to the back of the work and adhered with collage medium.
Any gaps in coverage on the back are collaged over with scrap papers.
The work is then set aside to finish drying.
To be continued.
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.