Prompt60 #32: Mosaic

Our guest today is Patricia Dattoma of the blog Magenta Matters. I love this idea of interpreting a mosaic with a variety of art materials. Patricia's little mosaic creations remind me of those little view-master photo viewers that my cousins brought when they visited from Florida in the 1970's, now being re-invented by Google & Mattel. Here's Patricia!

 

I am honored to be guest posting for Prompt60 today! Thank you, Tammy, for inviting me! I am loving this challenge as it is helping me to stop & take notice – I am finding inspiration in all things around me. My latest inspiration? Mosaic tile!

I have always loved the look of mosaic tiles. I love their imperfections, their colors, & the (sometimes intricate) patterns that can be made from them.

Before jumping into this prompt, stop & take notice of mosaics in the world around you: maybe a backsplash in a kitchen or the restroom of your favorite restaurant? A planter, candle holder or some fancy bowls you got as a housewarming gift? They can even be found in some architecture. Notice their qualities & characteristics. Their beauty inspired me to open up my journal & explore!

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I decided to use watercolors using tones of blues & greens. The goal is not to create something specific, but to understand & experiment with the look & feel of small, glass, mosaic tile. As you play, imagine the space in between each painted tile to later be filled in with {imaginary} grout. The grout lines would make for a great place to add journaling!

Consider the angles of the tiles as you place them next to each other: are they in a straight line or do they somehow wind & curve? How will that affect their placement?

I found myself asking these questions as I painted each little square & it was quite relaxing & meditative to think about. My goal was not a spiral, but that’s where the painting took me. Try to create your own unique pattern of mosaics as you go, playing with color.

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If you don’t have watercolors, try creating them using colored pencil. The effect is different but beautiful just the same. In my example I used 5 colored pencils in an earthy color family. This drawing led me on the path of creating a tile mandala which I then cut out & added to a previously painted journal page. The possibilities are endless & I plan to explore them even further! I hope you will give it a try too!

Editor's Note: I just did this prompt and you can find my mosaics here!