I consider myself a creator, not just an artist. I love experimenting with new materials. My favorite of the moment is the mosaic frame. Great for lots of reasons, but here are three: affordable- most of the supplies can be bought from Dollar Tree and Walmart, easy to make- it takes a little time and effort, but is simple enough that anyone can do it, and lastly because you can make it in any color to match any room or personality. Plus, they make amazing gifts! People will either think you spent big bucks at a boutique or slaved over the creation for hours.
The first step in making a mosaic frame is gathering your materials. Here is a list of what you will need.
Clear glass plate(s)- I buy them from thrift stores. The smoother and thinner the glass the better
pretty paper- it can be all one color or multiple colors in a complimenting scheme
Wooden frame- can be found for 1-2 bucks at Dollar tree, Walmart, or Michael's
Super glue- I swear by GOOP. Its a little more expensive but it works really well
old towel, hammer, exacto knife or scissors, foam brush (all can be found at Dollar Tree)
tile nippers, grout, acrylic paint (optional)
Break up your glass, by wrapping your plate in the towel and striking with the hammer. Continue until pieces are of desired size. Tile nippers may be used on this part if desired.
Once you have all your materials start gluing the pretty paper to the glass so that the pattern shows through the top. You can use super glue for this , but I prefer mod podge or something in that vein.
After glue is dry, use scissors or exacto knife to cut out pieces of glass. Use super glue to glue pieces to frame. Try to position them as close together as possible. Imagine that you are fitting together pieces in a puzzle.
You may leave frame like this. They look perfectly beautiful without grout and some people are scared of the mess that grout can make. However, if you are feeling adventurous mix grout according to instructions. (I like the unmixed kind). Using foam brush, generously brush on grout. Cover the entire frame, including your glass. Make sure that you get it down into any holes or gaps. At this point, the frame won't be very pretty. Don't be alarmed, it should looke like this.
Allow the grout to dry overnight. The next day, using a sharp edge (I use an exacto knife or my fingernail, usually) Scrape the grout only off of the glass. Make sure that the grout in the gaps stays intact. BEWARE: this part is messy, you may want to do outside. When you are finished, you will have your very own, homemade, one-of-a-kind, personalized picture frame! Once you get the hang of it, you can use this technique on almost anything. The possibilities are endless!