My biggest achievement and reflection on the past week is the pure energy released by just starting something. I have been brewing several pieces of art and have felt a little ‘blocked’. Then, on Thursday, in a somewhat artistic frenzy, I started – sketching like crazy, onto the bases where each piece will be mosaiced. Boy, it felt good. I then started playing with tiles, experimenting with colour and reflection.
During this process I had an ‘aha!’ moment when I realised I could use a whole bottle, cut in half length ways, to make up a central part of one of the mosaics. I found the perfect bottle (an old shisha pipe basen no less!) and faced the challenge of how on earth to cut it in half whilst keeping both the bottle and my hands in good shape!
The joy of the Internet and the beautiful sharing spirit of Mosaic Artists Online bought me the solution within half an hour. Here’s a You Tube video of how to cut a bottle (great for crafting, making vases etc…) which I adapted – used a glass scorer to score the length of the bottle, then hot and cold water and – crack – a beautiful, clean cut. Love it. (If you try this, make sure you protect your hands and eyes).