Stained Glass Improvised Mosaic

I made a mosaic of a pileated woodpecker by improvising over a pattern. Below is a video of the process of laying up the mosaic on a temporary surface of sticky contact paper.

The Video

The video of laying up the mosaic is a series of progress photographs.

Notice how casually I make changes on the sticky contact paper. It’s a very forgiving process that allows you to try different options and compare them.

video: Pileated Woodpecker Mosaic: Improvising Over A Pattern

The Captions

The captions for the video explain the process:

This mosaic was made by improvising over a pattern covered by clear contact paper with the sticky side up.

The pattern was quickly made from a collage of five photos and Photoshop’s feature:

Filter >> Stylize >> Find Edges.

The pattern wasn’t followed exactly. Instead, I used the pattern as a starting point.

A pattern doesn’t tell you what andamento to use or how to simplify fine detail.
You have to improvise those things.

Of course, I am talking only about mosaic artwork that shows the character of the artist and not mechanical pixelated renderings.

If you use tiles like tiny pixels in a grid, then a precise pattern is followed exactly.

This mosaic will now be picked up with mosaic mounting tape and transferred to a backer covered with thinset mortar.



This mosaic will be mounted on an irregularly-shaped backer made from hardware cloth (wire mesh) and thinset mortar.


Studio Workstation

I have a large studio at the Mosaic Art Supply warehouse, but this is my set up at home.

Notice the cardboard template I made by tracing around the mosaic. The cardboard template is used to make the irregularly-shaped backer for the mosaic.






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