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Clacton-on-Sea, North Essex, United Kingdom
Hello and welcome, I'm Diane and I am Mum to two lovely, lively and craft-minded children, Tayla and Arron. I love my crafts,especially knitting and crochet but my main passion is designing and making mosaics. I have been mosaicing since 2007, using a variety of different items. I suppose I should call myself a mixed-media mosaic artist. I also love the challenge of a commission!!! All my items (including those on Flickr) are for sale, just leave me a message for details. (I do have Paypal)

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Stressing big time-commissions!

Well, hello again and welcome to day 1. What am I up to at the moment? I have three commissions to do, two of which I had done, just the grouting left to do. These are a horse and a panda. I've done horses before and this one is different as it is black and white with a cream mane. I had a photo to work with so it was ok. I've never done a panda, but once I got the design right the actual mosaicing was fine. The grouting may prove a bit challenging as I will have to do two colour grout, as the black won't work with white grout and vice versa.

As to the third, this is a fluffy cat. Not done one of these before but I already had a design cut from wood, so easy you would think. Well actually this is proving to be a real challenge. The customer has given me a photo of the cat's face and instructions on to other markings. It is basically a white cat with a grey tail and grey paws. It has little grey marks on the ears and grey markings on the face.

So far so good, except I am really stressing over this one, not enjoying it at all. The customer has reiterated about the markings several times. I have tried to explain I am not a portait painter, I'm a mosaicist. I have tried to tell her the cat I produce will be a representation but I really and truly don't think she has taken it in. I just hope that the final cat is acceptable (but I don't hold out much hope).

Well onwards and upwards because as soon as this damn cat is done I can get on with items I really want to be doing.

Who said the customer is always right????????? shoot 'em!


  1. Hi Diane,

    Good to see your blog up and running. Great start! Would love to see some photos of your commissions when they are done.

    Charlotte :)

  2. I'm sure that when she's sees how fab it looks she won't mind if it's not 100% accurate to the actual cat.

  3. Sammy the horse is lovely - I hope you didn't get too stressed .....you've done a great job. I do know how nerve-wracking it can be - I completed my first commision recently & I spent far too much time on it, wanted to get it perfect !!!! Good luck with the cat owner !!