Last year's summer in California continues to inspire us!
One of the things we remember well, particularly in Mission Carmel, was the wide variety of blue and white tiles featuring devotional scenes.
The Holy Family:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel:
We also admired the Pieta by Adolphe-William Bouguereau, a larger-than-life painting standing floor to ceiling against a wall of the Legion of Honor Art Museum in San Francisco.
These images and memories formed the inspiration for a simple springtime project--"Blue and White Tiles for Our Lady."
We began with a wooden plaque, holy card, container of tiles, tile glue, and a gold-leafing pen.
It only took about two minutes to gild the edges.
After planning the location of the tiles, a special glue was brushed on the wooden surface and the back of each tile square.
Gluing the tiles did not take long at all.
Here you have it, a partially finished product. It is incomplete because, being a novice at tile work, I thought the mosaic glue would also act as grout. No such luck. I will need to return to the craft store some time soon--or make my own grout from a mixture of white sand and glue. (This photo was taken before the glue dried so you can still see a bit of it round the edges.)
Knowing it might take a month or more before we return to the craft store, I decided to post the project as is, because it is quite pretty already. I am thinking about turning it into a holy water font eventually or putting it on the front door.
Whether or not I ever get around to putting grout in all those cracks!