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2020 August Art Dare

“HOUSEHOLD MOSAIC”

Use any objects found inside and outside your home to create a mosiac! Glue is not required, you can assemble the mosaic, take a photo, and then take it apart. Especially with food items, you don’t want to waste anything!

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PRIZE WINNER

Karin Arts
Woodland Walk
Mum’s Garden I, II, III, IV
plant material

@karin22418

“The two words that describe my August Art Dare best are Stumbled Upon. The resulting pieces owe more to chance than meticulous planning. For my Forest Scene I stumbled upon all ingredients on my woodland walk. I used the forest floor as my canvas. I hope other people will have found my mosaic the same way.

The other mosaics are made of dried flowers, seeds and seed pods at my mum’s house where they called out to be used. My mum, who has lovingly tended her gardens for more than sixty years, picks every flower and seed pod individually when they are just right.

Working with the resulting wonderful colours and textures made it an almost fail safe project even for a beginner like me. The ephemeral nature of the pieces also gave me a lot of confidence.”

Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic

HONORABLE MENTION

Deanna J. Adelhardt
Nature’s Artist
quail eggs, paper
7″ x 6″

USA
@junijube

“My husband raises quail in our backyard and I’ve always been amazed with the beautiful colors and patterns of their eggs. Each bird lays a unique egg, some a light sand color, some with ebony spots, and even a few are turquoise. With so many colors to choose from I knew they would be the perfect medium for this challenge.

It took a lot of patience (and even more omelets!) to dry, sort, and place each shell. In my opinion there wasn’t a better subject to showcase other than the original artists themselves.”

Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic

Melanie Diaz
Facing the wind
acrylic on reused wood, dried paint, bottle caps, painted stones, birthday candles, lentils, peas, dried red pepper and an earring
11″ x 14.5″

Puerto Rico
@gradiente_verde

“As a sustainable artist I love upcycling and having different perspectives on everyday objects. When I saw this art dare I just had to try it! I usually paint on wood I recover and this is why I decided to use wood as my base.

But, I was interested on thinking outside the box and I wanted to make that a very literal statement. This is why my mosaic continues outside my wood base. My favorite part was making the eyes, I felt that they brought this art piece to live. I bended some bottle caps and painted some stones (got very excited about that). Her hair (peas), the leaf (dried paint) and the swirls painted on the wood base represent the movement of the air.

This piece is called ‘Facing the wind.’ The wind changes direction as well everything in life. Facing change is hard. A thought I’ve been having for a long time. This is my first Mosaic, I had a lot of fun making it!”

Lisa H.
Casings, Duckies, Fish Marbles, Lion Slippers, Marbles, Pick Flower, Picking Daisy, Shoe Tree, Toys
marbles, toys, shoes, guitar picks
12″ x 12″

USA
@hillcountryanimation

“I enjoy group projects and sharing art with other artists. My approach to the mosaic dare was to make as many pieces as I could think of. As a result, some fun ideas developed in the process.”

Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic

Heather Honegger
Garden Tub
ceramic dishes, ceramic pots, ceramic tile pieces on bathtub
14″ x 60″

USA
@heathonegger

“Fifteen years of hoarding an old pink bathtub, two years of experimenting with mosaic art and six months of pandemic-induced staring at a sad back yard converged into the compulsion to create a colorful planter.

I love the medium of mosaic because you always start with a color/texture palette that you can hold in your own two hands. I wanted to introduce a very bold and cheery look into our bland garden, so I scavenged brightly colored dishes, flower pots and leftover bathroom tile. I also love the smashing part. Next came the tactile creative challenge of puzzling together pieces into floral and leaf patterns.

I created draft versions on my garage floor and then looked at photos, over and over again, until I was happy with the design. The final gluing and grouting was exacting and satisfying. Now if I can just get some real flowers to grow in that tub!”

Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic

Rebecca Collins
Cellular Abstract, 5 x 7
Nucleus,
5 x 7
Extra Ordinary, 2.5 x 3.5 
bottle caps, comb teeth, fork tines, tooth picks, beads, found text, washers, cardboard, wood

USA
linktr.ee/rebecca.collins

“I have been creating artwork based on the human cell since 2015. A breast cancer diagnosis was the start of these abstractions. Starting as simple doodles in my sketch book during chemo infusions the cells worked their way into my mosaic work and mixed media collages once I started feeling better.

Two of my submissions are in this cellular theme. ‘Extra Ordinary’ is an experiment combining 24 Kt gold smalti with cardboard. I felt it would be rather naughty to take traditional tessera that can be found in historic churches and place it next to common cardboard. I wanted to get across the idea that nothing is precious and at the same time everything is precious.

Sometimes we hoard our best materials and supplies, afraid to use them up, afraid to waste them. It was very liberating to slap this 24 KT gold down next to recycled shipping supplies.”

Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic

Faba V.
Pencil Shaving Mosaic
pencil shavings, colored and regular
7.25″ x 7.25″

USA
@chillmatrix

“I was actually cleaning up my room and found a few pencil shavings (probably from July’s Art Dare!) on the floor and wondered how it’d would look if I arranged them in a circle/spirals. I sharpened a bunch of colored/regular pencils (colored & Prismacolor, if anyone’s curious) and saved both the wood and lead shavings. T

hen, I took a few hours arranging them, first in a spiral and then just circles, being careful to blow away my progress by breathing on them. Lastly, I sprinkled some colorful lead throughout the piece.”

Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic

Anya Dickinson-Cove
Fowl
pressed flowers, construction paper
8.5″ x 11″

USA
@anyadc.art

“I collected the materials for this project prior to having a concept. I found the leaves and flowers on a walk through my neighbor and pressed them to make them easier to work with. The feather like texture f some of the leaves reminded me of birds, which inspired the composition.”

Sarah C.
Cherries
paint chips
12” x 18”

USA
@_sarahsartsystuff_

“I was looking around my house for supplies I could use for my mosaic, when I found a bag of paint chips that I had leftover from a project I did almost 4 years ago. I had mostly reds, blues and greens left so I decided to create cherries with a blue background to contrast the red and green tones of the cherries. I’ve been eating cherries all summer so I guess that’s why it was the first thing to come to mind LOL.

I spent hours cutting the paint chips into random pieces, arranging the different values, and glueing them down onto the paper. This was actually the most fun I’ve ever had on an art piece, and I love how it turned out!”

Household Mosaic
Household Mosaic

Frances B. Cannon
Floral Self-Portrait
flower petals, basil, wooden table
9″ x 10″

USA
frankyfrancescannon.com

“These petals are plucked from flowers that I grew in my garden, including the basil and the sunflowers. I love the diverse textures and colors that can be found in a garden, and my favorite detail in this collage is the sunflower-leaf eyelashes.”

EXAMPLES

Marc Stier
@desirous_panic

“Creating this mosaic was a surprisingly challenging, yet rewarding Art Dare! It started off slow because I knew there were a million directions to go in, but after a few starting moves I found more ideas starting to flow together. I think building off of what you’ve put already down is the key. Watching it grow before you is something you don’t get to see as quickly in a lot of work, and I think that really makes this a unique experience!”

Food Mosaic, Marc Stier
Food Mosaic, Marc Stier
Food Mosaic, Marc Stier
Food Mosaic, Marc Stier
Food Mosaic, Marc Stier
Food Mosaic, Marc Stier
Food Mosaic, Marc Stier
Food Mosaic, Marc Stier

Luna Yuan
@lunaaayuan

“Making a mosaic is quite an experimental and creative process. There are tons of materials to use, including the tools, cereal at home, or leaves and beans from outside. I picked leaves as my media when I realize the subtle transition and the variation of colors within them.

I started by cutting all the leaves and placed them according to their colors. And then there’s the brainstorming and sketching time for me to make sure the content. Also it’s totally okay to just start and see which kind of pattern or subject you can make. After placing all the leaf pieces and make sure they are in the right place, my last step is to apply the glue and maybe use some other media for the final touches!”

Leaf Mosaic, Luna Yuan
Leaf Mosaic, Luna Yuan
Leaf Mosaic, Luna Yuan
Leaf Mosaic, Luna Yuan

Hema Somaya
@hemaofearth

Mosaic, Hema Somaya
Mosaic, Hema Somaya
Mosaic, Hema Somaya
Mosaic, Hema Somaya

PRIZES

Art Dare winner
Artists in the US will receive a box of mystery art supplies. International artists will get to choose from a portfolio critique, an artist website critique, or an artist Instagram critique!

Honorable Mention
International artists will receive 3 months free in our Discord Voice channel. Artists in the US can choose the Discord Voice channel, or, choose to receive Prof Lieu’s book.

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