The making of Christopher
Gather your supplies:
1. Photograph that you want to use for your subject
(at least 8x10)
2. 11x14 art board (use an art board as opposed to
stretched canvas, as stretched canvas will move
and possibly detach tesserae from surface).
3. Tracing paper
4. Transfer paper
5. Weldbond glue
6. Stained glass, nippers, tweezers, glass cutter,
whatever tools you prefer to nip and cut...
Step 1 - Choose your photograph
Step 2- Trace outline of photograph onto tracing paper. (this tracing is from another mosaic...I couldn't find the one from “Christopher”)
Step 3- Transfer outline onto art board using transfer paper. Tape transfer paper and tracing paper to art board to prevent shifting. Be sure to shade any and all shadows and variations in tones, or value changes. These subtleties are what gives your portrait life!
Begin with the eyes, then the nose, then work outward.
Don't be afraid to use color! A color wheel is a very useful tool to find out how colors relate to each other, which ones might work together and which ones probably won't.
I like to use Van Gogh glass for the background. It is available in a variety of color variations that will complement your portrait.
This picture was taken just after grouting.
About The Author
Ramona Hovey started working with stained glass about 10 years ago, working in both copper foil and lead came techniques.
About 3 years ago I discovered mosaics and it seemed to fit right in with what I wanted to convey to women who are trapped in the horrible cycle of domestic violence and abuse. As I work with broken pieces of pottery, shards of stained glass, or discarded trinkets, I envision the broken lives of people struggling with violence and abuse at the hand of one who claims to love them. As I see these broken, discarded pieces come together to form something beautiful or pleasing to the senses I am reminded of the hope and the promise that is available for those women, children and families, if we will but work to reach them.
My hope, is that through my outreach ministry with the S.O.S. Mission at St. Paul's Church in Asheville, NC, I will reach these families and help equip them with the tools necessary to put the pieces of their lives back together to make something beautiful.
Here is some of her work.