Sunday, March 11, 2018

Anatomical Heart in Glass Tile Smalti Mosaic

This heart mosaic is a birthday present for our daughter.  It began as a wish for her to follow her heart.  As it progressed, I realized that you can't give a gift with such a huge caveat.  Instead, this mosaic heart is simply given with our love.  Happy 16th birthday Cece!

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Finished Italian smalti mosaic of an anatomical heart

When I began work on this mosaic I started by reading through the heart section of my husband's anatomy books.  I'm a pretty literal person and wanted to make sure that the heart was mostly anatomically correct and my color choices didn't stray too far from how the heart works.  I spent quite a bit of time thinking and planning the project, finally painting it in watercolors to get comfortable with the shading and color gradients.

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The watercolor inspired by my reading

This was my first time working with Wedi board as a substrate.  Wedi board has a foam core and is much lighter than the wood.  It was a little difficult to sketch on but very easy to apply thinset to.  It was amazing to work with all of the colors of Orsoni Italian smalti and larger rotti.  I tried to really pay attention to the flow and size of each of the pieces, changing up the shape when it came to the background.

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My progress on the anatomical heart mosaic

It's finished and I hope she loves it and I hope she knows how much we love her.  Happy Birthday Cece!

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Happy Birthday Cece!