Many years ago I bought a garage sale coffee table to refinish and decided that I wanted to mosaic the top. At the time, having never done a mosaic, I had no idea where to begin, no supplies or tools. The Southwestern inspired design I had in mind was full of small details. A broken eggshell gave me an idea. I would use painted eggshell to mosaic the table top. So with much trial and error I finally figured out a way to do this successfully.
I carefully cleaned the eggshells and used acrylic paint to color the eggshells and used decoupage glue as an adhesive. My progress was excruciatingly slow, as I carefully dry fit each piece before gluing. Eventually, as I gained confidence, this became unnecessary and my progress became easier. As I worked and became familiar with my new medium, my progress went faster.
My intention was to finish this table with eggshell and then continue creating mosaics but, to move on with more traditional materials, glass and tile or I thought I may just go back to painting. However, by the time I finished my table six months later, I was full of new ideas for eggshell mosaics. I love the fact that the eggshell allowed me to create images with so much detail. I even found a way to cut the eggshell into shapes.
My next project was a mosaic depicting a group of happy dancing women. I submitted this piece to a gallery and it sold within a week! With encouragement from my friends and family, I entered some art shows and I won some prizes and sold my work! I also entered a catalog cover contest with one of my eggshell mosaics and I won. After this win, I was finally convinced that I could continue to do this unusual art form successfully. This is how I started working with eggshell to create mosaics.
Over the years I have started adding beads, pebbles, and glass to the eggshell work to make some mixed media mosaics. My first mixed media piece is Windy Night. I really wanted a lot of different textures in this piece, and I wanted to feel like a cold windy autumn night.
I am also expanding to stained glass mosaics. I love using all types of materials, but I will never give up using eggshell; I just like to mix it up a bit!
My inspirations are nature and seasonal changes, I especially love autumn. I am also inspired by Native American, Mexican, African art. Many of my ideas are images from dreams or a picture that I envision from reading a book. I love to create pieces that will leave the viewer with a certain feeling or emotion.
For many years I worked as a graphic designer and I also enjoyed drawing and painting as a hobby. I enjoy learning new techniques and take classes whenever I am able.
I still have my table, it served me well for many years as a coffee table, eventually the legs became too wobbly to fix, so I took them off. It now hangs in my dining room.