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Celebrate Each Step - August 2010

Glittering Shards: Celebrate Each Step - August 2010

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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Celebrate Each Step - August 2010

After some reflection and feedback, I have decided to run this space at the start of every month instead of weekly to give us plenty of space for action and reflection (a week just goes sooo fast!). Celebrating Each Step will now run the first Sunday of the month for you to pop over and comment (or link to a Celebrate blog on your post). We can share our aims for the month to come as well as our reflections on the month just passed (steps, successes and struggles you have walked through).  In the meantime,  please do let others know about the space and use the badge to promote it :)

My biggest achievement and reflection  on the past week is the pure energy released by just starting something. I have been brewing several pieces of art and have felt a little 'blocked'. Then, on Thursday, in a somewhat artistic frenzy, I started - sketching like crazy, onto the bases where each piece will be mosaiced. Boy, it felt good. I then started playing with tiles, experimenting with colour and reflection. During this process I had an 'aha!' moment when I realised I could use a whole bottle, cut in half length ways, to make up a central part of one of the mosaics. I found the perfect bottle (an old shisha pipe basen no less!) and faced the challenge of how on earth to cut it in half whilst keeping both the bottle and my hands in good shape!

The joy of the Internet and the beautiful sharing spirit of Mosaic Artists Online bought me the solution within half an hour. Here's a You Tube video of how to cut a bottle (great for crafting, making vases etc...) which I adapted - used a glass scorer to score the length of the bottle, then hot and cold water and - crack - a beautiful, clean cut. Love it. (If you try this, make sure you protect your hands and eyes).

For the month of August, I will be focusing on making lots of art for a forthcoming exhibition. I will also be doing a major overhaul of my blog and site as well as setting up a new Flickr Group for students on my mosaic workshops (and scheduling new dates for workshops as the current ones are all fully booked). I also want to venture into making some mosaic jewellery. Watch this space!

How about you? What steps have you taken? What do you hope for in the month of August?

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  • Everything except my job is going really well at the moment so for me, sadly, this month I'm going to have to concentrate on getting my day job situation sorted out one way or another as it's putting a huge strain on me at the moment. At least my creativity is not suffering because of it so it's not all bad :)

    By Anonymous Veronika, at 8 August 2010 at 14:45  

  • I followed your post on MAO when you asked about cutting the bottle in half lengthwise and your description intrigued me. I watched the YouTube video and learned how you did this. That was a really useful and well instructed tutorial!! I was so curious to see the bottle you described and now I have. You did a great job and I can't wait to see the finished piece. Did you have any trouble scoring around the bottom edge or other part of the bottle? I'm going to do some practicing and see if I can do it too. Thanks for the inspiration.

    By Blogger Ginny, at 8 August 2010 at 15:44  

  • One a month seems a good idea. Concetta. Last week was a bit slow move on my creative work. I had almost canceled the craft fair that I enterd for November as I was in a panic mode! But I didn't and have told quiet a lot of people so I have to keep the aim. This month I will be making stuff as much as I could before going back to my semester in spempetmber. That is my aim. Happy sunday! xm

    By Blogger Maki, at 8 August 2010 at 21:05  

  • Really hope there is a shift in the right direction for your work Veronika. Well done on not letting it sap your creativity :)

    By Blogger Concetta, at 8 August 2010 at 21:35  

  • I know what you mean by going into panic mode Maki. Lets see how much we can get done in a month eh? (and enjoy the process!) xx

    By Blogger Concetta, at 8 August 2010 at 21:36  

  • Hope your experimenting goes well Ginny!

    By Blogger Concetta, at 8 August 2010 at 21:36  

  • Love seeing the process. Can't wait to see it finished.

    By Blogger NatashaMay, at 9 August 2010 at 08:25  

  • Oooo...i have an overhaul planned for my site too. Now I just actually have to do it. And yes, starting a project(s) is always a great thing. Thanks you for sharing how you cut that gorgeous bottle (what an amazing idea!). My hubby has been wanting to make drinking glasses out of bottles, and was kind of stumped as to how to cut them. Now we know! I hope you have a productive break:)

    By Blogger AG Ambroult, at 10 August 2010 at 00:48  

  • I really adore seeing your process and these works are looking gorgeous! I have a huge scary to do list and im hoping to get as much as possible done and checked off this week! Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!

    By Anonymous jacqueline, at 10 August 2010 at 04:52  

  • Thanks Natasha - off to work on it now! Hi Amy - lets see how we get on with our sites in one month eh?! I will still be blogging, just limiting the Celebrate posts to once a month :) Hope your week is mega productive Jacqueline. Love to you all xxx

    By Blogger Concetta, at 10 August 2010 at 10:05  

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