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Mosaic

You will need:

Dala Craft Paint (we’ve used White, Yellow and Coral)
Dala Glass glaze (we’ve used yellow, Pearl White, Orange, Blue and Clear Base)
Contact clear adhesive plastic
Hardboard
Masking tape
Ceramic pot
Soft flat brush
Round nr 1 brush
Tweezers
Scissor
Black pen
Comb
Pattern
Carbon paper


Method:

 Prepare Dala Glass Glaze: 

  1. Cut 2 pieces of contact plastic and press in a heavy book to flatten. 
  2. Using the masking tape, paste the flat piece of contact onto the hardboard. Press out all air bubbles. 
  3. Wipe the contact with a water-vinegar solution to remove all fatty stains. 
  4. With the soft brush paint the following colours onto the contact:

    Cream: a mixture of pearl white, yellow and a drop of orange. The pearl white is thicker than the other colours and gives a lovely warm effect and texture.

    Tip: Remember never to shake the Glass Glaze. Stir with the back of a brush to prevent air bubbles and to mix the pigment with the base before use. When mixing the glass glaze, use a flat knife at a 45° angle and gently stir the paint. Be very careful of mixing in air bubbles – gently does it! When applying the glass glaze to the contact, also hold the brush at a 45° angle and gently fill the required area.

    Yellow-Green: Apply yellow glass glaze to second piece of contact. When finished, drop a few drops of blue into the area and pull a brush or comb through the glass glaze to create a warm green marble effect.

  5. Leave overnight to dry. 

Prepare ceramic pot and Glass Glaze sheets:

  1. Use masking tape to allocate areas on the pot that will be used – in this case – a strip at the top and a broader strip at the bottom. 
  2. Paint the strip at the top with a cream colour – we’ve mixed Dala Craft Paint 7 parts white, 1 part yellow and a drop of coral. When dry, seal with a coat Dala Acrylic Glaze Medium. 

    Tip: To ensure that the mosaic colours display at their best, do not use white as a background colour. Rather use a neutral colour like gray, off-white or terracotta.

  1.  Using the carbon paper and a pen, trace your design onto the ceramic pot. 

    Tip: Always use a simple bold design without a lot of detail that fits into the area where the Glass Glaze mosaic tiles must be applied. 

  1. On the back of the Glass Glaze sheets, trace the negative of your design (in other words, turn the design over). Use the yellow-green sheet for the flower and top border, and the cream for the background and bottom row of the top border. 

    Tip: Do not cut the design out all at once – rather cut out pieces as needed. This will ensure that there is no confusion as to what mosaic piece belongs where.

Flower in the center of the design:

  1. One by one, cut out the flower pieces, hold it with tweezers and apply craft glue to the white contact paper and paste it on the ceramics pot with the paper still on the design. This ensures a brighter Glass Glaze effect. 

Background and border:

  1. This time, pull off the white paper on the contact, and again with the tweezers, carefully position the tiles in the right places, using its own stickiness to keep it in place. 

Finishing touches:

  1. Remove all masking tape and seal areas where the Glass Glaze mosaic tiles were applied with Dala Glass Glaze Clear base. 

Also try this technique on the following surfaces: 

  • Metal 
  • Plastic 
  • Glass – paint the back of the glass with Dala Glass Glaze Pearl White 

Other possible designs – remember to keep it simple: 

  • Chilies 
  • Garlic 
  • Fish or other sea designs 
  • Flowers
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