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Cardinals – beginnings of a new mosaic pair

We have quite a few cardinals living in our neighbourhood. In fact we’re really enjoyed watching them out the window from right where I’m typing. They come to the tea cup bird feeders in the canoe garden for sunflower seeds.

For our next mosaics, we’ve decided to do a pair of cardinals.  The first step is to draw them out….

DSC04352Later today, I’ll cut out the shapes with a scroll saw. We have quite a selection of tiles and broken crockery but each mosaic has special colour demands and we’ve learned that having a good variety of colours and textures and thicknesses in the right colour ranges adds a lot of character to the mosaics. Today or tomorrow, we’ll visit thrift stores with our colour palette in mind and try to find a selection of inexpensive items to turn into tesserae. This will be our first attempt at a pair of birds, and cardinals will be a good choice for that since the males and females look very different.


  1. So beautiful potential! The red will be fun.

    Miss you guys…will try to phone this week. So sorry to hear about Ellie May.


  2. It must be quite thrilling and rather liberating buying crockery with the intention of smashing it to bits. Enjoy!

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