That’s a word I made up in response to a comment by Chris Hall from Luna’s Online. She mentioned the famous architect and mosaic artist Antoni Gaudi (click here for Google images) in a comment on “Our House, Part 2”. I replied that perhaps my house was getting a bit “gaudi-esque” with all the mosaics. FYI, we language teachers (along with authors, as Chris can tell you), do get to make up our own words!
Then just recently I read an article about DIY home “improvements” that actually make your house harder to sell. Although the article didn’t come right out and say you shouldn’t mosaic sea animals on your bathroom tile or a “welcome mat” on your front step, it did caution against painting your rooms bright or unconventional colors.
I think it may be a little too late for my house…
It was around Christmas time, and, like most people, I was spending the long, socially distant winter evenings at home, looking at mosaic ideas on “Pinterest.”
I had been wanting to do something on this fireplace for awhile, but not wanting to alarm my Pinterest “followers”, I was keeping my fireplace mosaic ideas on a “non-public” board.
An idea was slowly starting to take shape…
Not wanting to start something as involved as the ideas I had saved on Pinterest, I decided to start with just a strip along the edge of the mantel.
My trusty assistant resigned himself to yet another exciting project.
I tried to do the strips in lengths that would be easy to handle.
Because the fiberglass mesh is sticky on the other side, I was able to press a piece onto the bricks just to get an idea of how it might look.
Finally it was time to affix the strips to the mantel with Thinset mortar. Since I believe in the “grout as you go” method, I grouted it in sections rather than waiting until the whole strip was finished.
Grouting is usually my favorite part, once I’m sure I’ve got the right color. But as an FYI, you should put a sheet or something down over the hearth or you are going to get little pieces of grout and mortar all over it. It might be a good idea to take everything off the mantel first, too. (I won’t go into whether I learned that the hard way or not.)
Now the only thing I really need to do is to grout the end pieces, which you can’t see in this photo. But it is a pretty old fireplace, and it’s never actually used. So I guess it couldn’t hurt to add some more…