I fell in love with this Mosaic At Disney's California Adventure. It is truly a masterpiece with its vibrant colors and unique design. It also offers amazing tactile opportunities with unexpected protruding elements and a variety of textures.
Ever since I saw it I have been obsessing about doing mosaic stones for our garden. I bought some colored ceramic plates and glass stones from the dollar store and my husband picked up some concrete at Home Depot for $5. To break the plates, I put each plate inside a ziplock, then inside a small trash bag and then in a large trash bag. Before taking my hammer to each plate, I put on safety goggles to protect my eyes from stray shards and gardening gloves to protect my hands from microscopic cuts that occur when handling broken ceramic pieces.
I need order to create freely. If things are in disarray I become distracted and frazzled so I was compelled to separate all the different colors and types of mosaic tiles into tupperware and then I placed them in the kids wagon so I could move them around when I wanted to work elsewhere. I called it my "Wagon of Wonderful."
Just looking at this "Wagon of Wonderful" made me happy.
Next I traced the perimeter of the tub I was going to put my cement in and sprayed it with adhesive. This gave me a measurements guide to create a design on. I applied the adhesive because it prevented the tiles from moving if I bumped the table or the paper accidentally shifted.
Once I finished, I would mix and pour the concrete into the tub and then I would have to quickly transfer the design onto the concrete before it dried.
Because I was working in the sun, (it didn't occur to me that this might speed up the drying process - duh!) the concrete started hardening faster than I could transfer the tiles, so I used a spray bottle to moisten the cement, which was very effective.
This is my first garden tile (above) and below is my second one.
I will share photos of all of our tiles when they are completed. We intend to do a few more over the weekend with the kids. I have decided not to let the kids use the crushed plate pieces as they are sharp and leave your hands feeling raw after you have handled them.
Have a wonderful weekend!