mi.lwcus wrote: Marie
You shouldn't be so hard on yourself, but then, I do that to myself with all the various things that I do. We are our own worst critics, we pick up on all the small, minute mistakes, that to us they just leap out and scream at you. Actually, others do not see our mistakes and even when you might point them out, they don't really see them. Whatever craft you do, it takes time to learn it and with practice and determination, your skills increase dramatically in a very little time. You will learn to stand back and admire what you have done, and when you really feel warm inside and proud, then you have reached your milestone. Our work will live long after we have passed on, and with it, others will always wonder about the person who created it. I think of it as having obtained the closest thing to immortality.
If you're interested in patterns, just google mosaics under the image search engine. There are hundreds of designs there, both old and ancient and will give you inspiration to create your own. Tools should be fairly easy to find on line, if you look at sites that supply tradesmen. There are all kinds of tools for tile cutting and shaping that are used in the trade. At least with doing them at home, you can take the time to do things right, and not feel rushed by worrying how much time before class ends.
Good luck, enjoy your hobby and do post some pictures for all of us to see and admire.
Hi Ron, I will be calling you the "wiseman" from now on. I have completed 3 pieces so far
a pear, an apple, which i gave to a friend. The pair of love birds is yet to be finished. Apparently i did ok, but with MND the lack of finer motor skills and some spasticity in the fingers impedes on the finest of my work. But it is great occupational therapy. I am currently doing a seahorse pattern with tiles, i promised to post pictures.
Yes i have already started scanning the internet for supply and i have found a couple of craft supply websites. I shall be all set comes winter. That was great hints you gave.
Thank you Ron and best wishes Marie