Monday, August 31, 2020

Mosaic Garden Table

Today is my last chance to share a post in August of 2020.
Picassiette Mosaic Bowling Ball
Mosaic Bowling Ball in my Garden

August, in a year like no other.  In other summers I would have traveled, enjoyed friends, gardens, and rejoiced in summer, one of my favorite seasons.  I've enjoyed aspects of this summer, to be sure, but in an entirely different way.  I have never, NEVER, spent this much time at home during the summer (at least not since I was a child).

Putting that aside for now, I want to share another mosaic I made.  Recently I finished this mosaic outdoor garden table.

Picassiette Mosaic Table Top
Mosaic Table Top, 27 inches diameter
It's the largest table I've made, and the only table destined to stay outside year round. The table top is about 27 inches (68cm) across.

I frequently start mosaics without a vision of the final product. In this table, I knew I wanted to make a border using a vintage set of chipped green plates that I liked.


mosaic detail
Mosaic Garden Table Edge Detail

When deciding what to use in the middle, I was inspired by other mosaic artists I know who mix contemporary and vintage much more easily than I do.  I decided to work outside my comfort zone, and use a contemporary bunch of orphaned dishes I loved.  The second border was an easy way to cover a lot of square inches quickly. 


Mosaic Table detail
Mosaic Table top Detail

The central design element for the table came from the center of one of the contemporary plates I used for the mosaic.  The dishes I used came from estate sale and resale shops.  If I had a full set of some of the plates I used I probably would use them for my tableware!

Repurposed Mosaic Table
Repurposed Mosaic Table

The sort-of mid-century modern table, rust and all, came from a resale shop in Door County, WI.  I liked it because the top was a solid material to mosaic on, and the price was right, but now I think perhaps the table is too rusty.  The border wavers and has flaws, but I am getting better with each project, and I like the resulting table brightening my lawn and garden.  

mosaic detail with triangular peices
Mosaic Detail, triangular piecing

Another goal I made for myself was to consciously try using mostly triangles for the interior - it's a mosaic look I love and wanted to try.  I think the results turned out well.


Mosaic Table detail
Mosaic Detail

I feel it's great to pause and reflect on the results achieved when a project is completed.  I encourage people developing skills to answer these 3 questions.

1.  What went well, 
2.  What could have gone better, and 
3.  What would you do differently if you could re-do it. 


Answering these questions for my mosaic table project, here are my thoughts:

What went well: 
I used older and contemporary patterns together
I tried triangular piecing in large sections
I liked my color scheme
I'm getting better at breaking and piecing
I got to reuse some beautiful materials
I'm happy with the material I use - silicon glue, sanded grout, grout sealer.
The project seemed to go fairly fast, and it's finished! 


What could have gone better:
The border wavers and has obvious flaws
I could have started with a better table 

What would I do differently if I could have a do-over?
I might have removed rust and used rust preventive paint.
I would definitely try to improve the border

Answering these questions for completed projects is something I am trying to remember to do.

The first picture in this post is the repaired mosaic bowling ball I mentioned in this post here.  It sits in the garden surrounded by leafy ferns.  I have never gardened as much as I have this summer, and "my garden" has never looked better than this year.  A pandemic benefit, I guess. 
 
I have been having a creative summer, being at home so much.  Here is one of my next mosaic projects in process...

Mosaic Ball in process
New Mosaic Garden Ball in Process


I'm fortunate in that I don't know anyone who has died from the coronavirus.  I know a small handful of people who have had it, and one person whose husband was hospitalized because of Covid.  I feel horrible that so many people have had a much worse experience, and I pray that the world heals sooner than later, that in-person life returns soon, that schooling for students becomes effective, that people can return to jobs and events they love, that main street becomes healthy.


Stay sane and healthy, 
and do what you can to help others!
I hope you and yours are healthy and well. 



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28 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I love the mosaic table, it is beautiful.
Well done! Take care, enjoy your day and week ahead!

Isabel para ALROMASAR said...

Lovely mosaic artworks!
Hugs

NCSue said...

You do beautiful mosaics. I remember a fad when I was a kid. My folks made a table for the patio. It was one of the ugliest things I've ever seen. Your work is inspiring!
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/08/oriental-lily.html

fredamans said...

That table is stunning!!

Peabea Scribbles said...

Absolutely gorgeous table. Looks like a fun project.

A Crafty Mix said...

I think your mosaic table is gorgeous Jeanne. I love the color combinations you used and I have never tried making one with just triangles. I'm sooooooo putting that on my mosaic to-do list. Please don't tell my hubby though. I tend to zone out completely when I have a mosaic project waiting to happen :D Stay safe and yes the virus has made us all rethink so many things in life

Fun60 said...

That is a fabulous table.

Veronica Lee said...


I absolutely love the mosaic table! How beautiful!

nic said...

That table is gorgeous and I feel the same about some of the plates you used for it - they would have been equally gorgeous on the table. Stunning colours. ♥nic

Penelope Notes said...

How beautiful! The pattern is mesmerizing.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Love your mosaic table and am wondering if I could do something like that.

Joanne said...

That is such a beautiful table!!

betty-NZ said...

Wow! You did an outstanding job on the table! I love it :)

I'm so excited to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week!! Thanks for linking.

Condo Blues said...

I love your table and think it is simply stunning! I love the mix of tile styles and don't see mistakes in the mosaic. (I tend to see those first in my work when others don't.) The only minor suggestion I have is to consider painting the table base as close to the blue in the center tile as you can find but really I like it the way it is.

Leyla said...

I absolutely love your table! I've never done mosaics before, but your projects make want to learn :)

Sum of their Stories said...

This table is just beautiful, I love the design and colour choice.

Linda said...

Gorgeous mosaic table. Love the gazing ball too, in fact I shared a simikar oroject this week too.

R's Rue said...

Beautiful.
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Crummy Mummy said...

Wow this looks amazing - so clever! #DreamTeamLinky

Coombe Mill - Fiona said...

That looks time consuming yet so rewarding. Great job #DreamTeam

Ann said...

Your table is beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's, you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.

creativejewishmom/sara said...

Love it, thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

Lirtea said...

Gran trabajo.
Saludos

Lirtea said...

Gran trabajo. Le sigo desde hoy y le invito a seguir mi blog.
Saludos

Shelbee on the Edge said...

Wow! You are so creative and talented! That table is absolutely stunning as are your other mosaic projects! I have always loved mosaic and tried some furniture pieces many, many years ago. I might want to try this again. Thanks for sharing and linking up with me!

Shelbee
www.shelbeeontheedge.com

loopyloulaura said...

Mosaics are so beautiful and you are really talented. Unique pieces of design. Thanks for linking up with #dreamteamlinky

Create With Joy said...

Your mosaics are incredible!
Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy.
Congrats - you are one of our Featured Guests this week!

Annette, 3 Little Buttons said...

What a stunning mosaic table design. It's a really lovely piece and I love the depth you've created. Thank you for bringing so much creativity to the #dreamteamlinky