The art & craft of mosaics is only limited by your imagination. Mosaics can be created on practically anything; as long as there is no movement in the object you can mosaic it.
In this 'How to Mosaic' I'm looking at how you can prepare a surface to mosaic using plaster cloth. Plaster cloth is the same material that is used on broken limbs; it is simple to apply and hardens into a surface that is suitable to mosaic.
Once the plaster hardens then you are ready to decorate your base. Here I have a very beautiful technqiue for your to try! Bring on the Bling!
Steps for Preparing Your Mosaic Base Using Plaster Cloth
1. Select a surface to mosaic. This is only limited by your imagination but can include items shoes, hats and bags. For surfaces such as this shoe rough it up with something abrasive to help the plaster cloth take hold. When selecting your base just remember that it will grow in size once the plaster cloth, tiles and grout have been added.
2. Cut the plaster cloth into various strip sizes
3. Fill a bowl with warm water and dip the strips into the water one at a time. Run your fingers down the plaster cloth to thoroughly wet the plaster cloth slip.
4. Place the wet strips into position and use your fingers to smooth over the surface, ensuring that no air pockets exist. Layer the cloth and overlap it in different directions to strength it. You can create texture by scrunching or folding the wet strips, or placing a cutout shape under the plaster cloth.
5. Once complete allow the plaster cloth to dry thoroughly before starting to mosaic. Plaster is porous, so before you begin to mosaic the surface make sure you seal it well to prevent the adhesive and grout drying out too quickly.
I'd recommend using this technique on mosaics that aren't going to be subject to water or the elements.
A Great New Decorating Technique
- Paint the shoe with acrylic paint, for this project I've used black. Allow it to dry completely before proceeding.
- Add the bead trim to the rim of the shoe using a clear drying adhesive; in this case I've chosen Weldbond. You may need to use some tape to position it while it dries. If you use tape secure it carefully so it doesn't remove the paint.
- Starting at the toe of the shoe, choose an object to become a focal point. In this case I have used an Indian applique, the same ones that are used to decorate saris. I have added more height and colour to the applique flower by adding a pink craft jewel and silver trim to decorate. Surrounding the applique a variety of seed beads, glued onto the painted surface using Weldbond adhesive.
- Once you've decorated the toe of the shoe start moving up the side of the shoe using a variety of materials. In this example I have used the following materials: glitter tiles, sequin trim, rhinestone trim, craft jewels, metal flowers, glass droplets, Indian appliques, mirrors, beads and millefiori. The trick is to find beautiful materials that vary in shape, size, colour and design, layer then up and add lots of bling!
- To complete the shoe I have decorated the heel using seed beads, a variety of small sized beads in a variety of similar colour but varying shapes and sizes. They have been applied by painting Weldbond onto the shoe (a generous amount) and them sprinkling the beads into the adhesive.