The surfboard project... a mosaic made with plates, cups and dishes!

The surfboard project... a mosaic made with plates, cups and dishes!

Saturday, June 02, 2018

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Karen Kingsbury

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  1. New Vehicles! More mosaic cars, trucks and fun!
    14 Dec, 2018
    New Vehicles! More mosaic cars, trucks and fun!
    The months of November-December have been marked with many new pieces, especially requests by various people. I love doing interesting commissions and these have been very interesting! This was made for a wife of a fireman. Surprise gift for Christmas! 1965 Ford Mustang for a car enthusiast. A gift for a Corvette owner. A request from woman whose deceased husband was an EMT.
  2. Cars Cars Cars!
    24 Sep, 2018
    Cars Cars Cars!
    Since I live in an automobile loving area, I thought I would try my hand a making some vehicle mosaics. I started with a Jeep, which is a vehicle my husband and I loved. We did many a 4-wheeling trip!  I ordered the base from Build a Cross, which makes many reasonably priced wooden shapes.  Here's how it turned out! How fun is that? It has lots of mirror pieces (I get them from Mosaic Art Supply) and several plates.  Once it was done, I had to make another! Here is my Chevy Pick up, in classic
  3. New How To Video: How to make a concrete fairy house/tree stump plant stand
    24 Sep, 2018
    New How To Video: How to make a concrete fairy house/tree stump plant stand
    Hi! I just finished a new tutorial, when I chronicled my steps in making a concrete plant stand which looks like a stump! The stump has a fairy door and vines, leaves and flowers. This can be made by following the steps I used in the video. This is the beginning of the stump. Just a plastic flower pot with mesh and chicken wire. Then I add concrete (1 part cement and 2 parts sand) to the pot.  The video shows the steps to add windows, window frames, vines and more! The finished project looks
  4. The turtle totem! A new sculpture with 3 turtles!
    10 Aug, 2018
    The turtle totem! A new sculpture with 3 turtles!
    A new turtle sculpture! It has 3 turtles ... a whole family! Each one is hand sculpted with foam, cement, Apoxie Sculpt and mosaic pieces and agates! See it here on my youtube channel! ​
  5. King of the Cats! New Sculpture!
    10 Aug, 2018
    King of the Cats! New Sculpture!
    I recently finished several pieces for the local art gallery show at the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto. One of the sculptures I made is called King of the Cats. He is quite a handsome and regal fellow. I made a video documenting making the King, and I would love to share it with you!  Check it out here! ​
  6. The back yard ... mosaics galore!
    08 Jul, 2018
    The back yard ... mosaics galore!
    I have always loved to BBQ outdoors. In my new home, I was able to actually have an outdoor kitchen built! Dream come true! Below is the video of the mosaics I put all over the surfaces of the outdoor kitchen. They were made with dishes and china, found objects, etc, but also with a whole bunch of sample pool tiles I bought from a company. These were discontinued tiles! They are each beautiful! Together, it's spectacular! Check it out!
  7. Turtles! Gotta Make then!
    02 Jun, 2018
    Turtles! Gotta Make then!
    It's been a sculpture time for me! I first started with a single turtle, made from cast concrete, and covered with buttons, tiles and coated with resin.  Next I tried a sculpture using a base of styrofoam. The legs were foam as well. It is interesting to use foam carving tools, and then putting it all together. Covered with concrete, then mosaiced. I have a link to the My second attempt was even more fun than the first one... a totem! Again, the video highlights the second turtle as well.  It
  8. Busy week! New pieces to show you!
    13 May, 2018
    Busy week! New pieces to show you!
    What a busy time! That's the way I like it... as the song goes. Just a quick blog note to show you what's been happening in the studio lately! Here goes! The tortoise totem ... I already made a tortoise but there was more to be done on the subject. How about a lady tortoise, with an entourage? Here they are! How fun is that... but wait there's more... 2 dragonflies....  What else...ah, yes... Under construction. Lots! Here's an example. I found this piece of driftwood in Tahoe recently. It