Latest blog entries - Mid Century Mosaics http://www.midcenturymosaics.com/blog/latest.html Sun, 05 Jul 2015 04:27:02 -0700 Sparks Arts en-gb How to Commission a Custom Mosaic http://www.midcenturymosaics.com/blog/entry/how-to-commission-a-custom-mosaic.html http://www.midcenturymosaics.com/blog/entry/how-to-commission-a-custom-mosaic.html Upon completing a few custom mosaic commissions over the past 6 months I thought I would post a little summary to give people an insider’s look at the process of commissioning a special, custom mosaic. The most common questions I get are:

How much will it cost?

How fast can I get it?Here are my last three commissions – all 3 different custom designs and fabrication methods:


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carol [AT] midcenturymosaics [DOT] com (Carol Lancour) How To Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:27:57 -0700
10 Tips On How To Be Creative http://www.midcenturymosaics.com/blog/entry/10-tips-on-how-to-be-creative.html http://www.midcenturymosaics.com/blog/entry/10-tips-on-how-to-be-creative.html Before I start my next big mosaic project, a water/beach scene, I decided to blog about my creative process. If you are a creative person already a lot of these tips on creativity might sound obvious to you. I am trying to advise people who say to me, “I can’t draw a straight line.” Well, neither can I but I find that the crooked, meandering and asymmetrical lines are more interesting. The imperfect, happy accident, soulful burst of creativity is what I am aiming for but it takes me a lot of coffee, donuts, brain work and observation of what is around me.


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carol [AT] midcenturymosaics [DOT] com (Carol Lancour) How To Sun, 12 Feb 2012 08:32:47 -0800
How to Create a Garden Container Out of “Free” Cinderblocks http://www.midcenturymosaics.com/blog/entry/how-to-create-a-garden-container-out-of-free-cinderblocks.html http://www.midcenturymosaics.com/blog/entry/how-to-create-a-garden-container-out-of-free-cinderblocks.html Materials & Tools: cinderblocks (preferably free), stained glass scraps, marble gems, vitreous glass tile, found objects, latex paint, adhesive, sanded grout, wheeled nippers

cinderblock planterYou can create a beautiful flower/herb garden planter out of cinderblocks! I created the planter in photo at left with 6 small cinderblocks excavated from my yard. Since these blocks were relatively shallow I stacked them two high to make a deeper area for plants and soil.

The design I created is a meandering olive branch pattern that wraps around the whole container to unify the six parts. The white glass used for the background is from an unattractive amber and white 1970s-era glass lampshade. It most likely hung over a pool table in a finished basement with orange or green shag carpet… lovely!


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carol [AT] midcenturymosaics [DOT] com (Carol Lancour) How To Fri, 04 Nov 2011 14:25:48 -0700