Procrastination Before Grouting Is A Virtue

The Pace of Art

Taking time to reflect on what you are doing can be the difference between producing a mediocre work of art and a great work of art. All too often, we miss opportunities to make something really wonderful because we are too concerned with just getting the job done. When we work on our art at the same pace that we run errands and do other tasks in the modern world, we end up making artwork that is more product than art.

It Takes Time To Really See

Like many artists, I have trouble seeing a work of art as a whole while I am actively working on it because I am too focused on the details of specific areas or specific aspects of the work. Ironically, these details usually don’t turn out to be nearly as important as something I’m not even paying attention to at the time. That is why painters let “finished” paintings hang out in their studios for a few weeks before applying the final varnish. After you are supposedly done is when you usually see what needs to be done.

Display Your Mosaic Before Grouting

I always display a mosaic in my studio for at least several weeks before grouting it. Before things are literally set in concrete, I want to look at the mosaic with fresh eyes and really see it for the first time. Most often I notice little things, things that might be good to do on the next mosaic or things that aren’t significant enough to justify the work required to change them. But other times I notice fatal flaws, things that make all the difference in the world and have to be changed. What do I do then?

I have written a post about how to remove and replace glass mosaic tile to change mosaic designs before grouting.

2 thoughts on “Procrastination Before Grouting Is A Virtue

  1. ruth

    Hi please help we have just completed a mosaic to go inside. we have used mirror and ceramic glazed tiles and we used gray grout the trouble is it looks quite dull can we use some kind of varish to give it a shiny look?
    Ruth

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    1. Joe Moorman

      Ruth, you need to burnish the mosaic with rags to remove the grout haze. This process is called “hazing.” You can also use a stone enhancer instead of regular tile and grout sealer to enhance the colors slightly, but you need to remove the grout haze first. Thanks

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