progress on the mosaic

Well, I got the second panel up today and I only have cuts on 4 fingers.

It’s a lot of hard work and you get all sticky and beat up and there is a lot of swearing involved. At one point I was so desperate- trying to press the section that I was using both hands to hold up  that I used my chest! I also used my feet to press in a lower part.

BUT it looks so great once it’s up!  

I always hold in my mind’s eye the finished product. This almost always it what drives me. Call it delayed gratification or simply an ability to visualize the end product- it is what keeps me going, keeps me focused and on task.

here is the photo of my progress:

dsc05103 of course all the grouting is at the end. Once it’s all up and the mastic is dried. Grouting is also even more hard physical labor and harder on the hands etc.

New graphic work from this past weekend

Sometimes I do graphic design.  So far most of it has been for volunteer work. It was fun because this weekend I had two requests- different but the same- something that could be used on a tee shirt.

This one was for a Bat Mitzvahred-heart-small

note the initials – I hope you don’t see them instantly.  There are so many ugly tee shirts out there- so many Bar Mitzvah tee shirts that are sent to Salvation Army. I wanted this to be one where people wear it more than once. I wanted to design something aesthetically pleasing.

I also designed a poster/postcard/tee shirt for a small Art Fair – it’s not quite done and you can see it is a close cousin to the surface decoration I’m doing right now but I think it’s an attention grabbing graphic and again, aesthetically pleasing. There’s so much ugly crap out in the world. I sure as heck don’t want to add to it.Art Fair poster


I also did one other graphic for a Fundraiser that I (with a LOT of help) created for our school. I mean, I created the fundraiser- I also created the graphic but without any help – except of course for my technical right hand man, my husband. Being a techno-doofus, I rely heavily on his amazing skills in photoshop and other graphics programs. Interestingly, I created all these graphics out of cut paper.

Here is the one I designed for our fundraiser- now in it’s 5th year.

sm-300-fiesta-logoIt made a wonderful poster and tee shirt!  I guess I feel safe with cut paper- I know it’s going to look clean and work well in an ink-on-cloth situation.


I love cut paper.  I have a “hobby” of making paper snowflakes.  I have made hundreds over the years and they are deeply intricate. snowflakes


well, there  you have the gamut- I went from graphic design to a window full of snowflakes. I get a lot of pleasure from cut paper.