A while ago, a reader asked me if I could document the creation of one of my pieces here on the blog. I thought it was an interesting idea, but it seemed like I'd always remember it just as I was completing a piece rather than beginning it. This week, I began working on another in the "Small Worlds" mirror series, and recalled the request. So, not quite from the beginning (sorry!), here is the progress so far:
This is the 12"x24" MDF (medium density fibreboard) base. Stan cuts it from a larger, 4'x8' sheet, cuts the opening for the mirror, then routs it on the back, so the mirror will fit in perfectly.
I measure out and mark the 3-inch squares for the design (20 in all).
Then, I decide on the color palette for the mirror, and create the hand-colored papers for the 3-inch squares.
Here are the hand colored papers in place. I'm working with a limited palette of greens and blues, with a touch of metallic gold and interference violet.
Here's where I am today, with the 2 1/2" circles tentatively placed upon the colored squares. It is at this point that I make final decisions about the color combinations (for example: Does the purple stand out too much? Should I go back to the brick red I'd orignally thought would work?). Once the final placement is established, I'll adhere the circles to the surface. Then the fun begins: creating each 'small world' within the circles! More to come....