Saturday, September 19, 2009

36 Things: Mosaic the Backsplash

We remodeled our kitchen last May, so that is over 15 months ago. Being the mosaic artist in the family, it was up to me to figure out to do with the backsplash.

I wanted to think about it a little bit, not rush into something I would regret later. But even I admit 15 months is a little rash, but now it is done and I am very, very happy with it. I am making up a posting with a tutorial, but for now here are just the photos since I am so pleased just to be finally looking at a completed piece.

This was one of my major motivations behind 36 Things I Want to do Before I Turn 37.

All of the material is stained glass that I cut down from large sheets. I wanted something fun, but not so over the top or busy like you see with so many mosaics. I like to create large expanses of mosaic using just one color.

I've had this Star Wars poster since I was 7 or 8; it came inside the original album soundtrack. The colors in the poster match the colors in the backsplash and countertop perfectly. I didn't set out for the Death Star to be the inspiration for this piece, I think it was a unconsciously done.

I put the orange in the mosaic as an accent for a very specific reason.


  1. this turned out AWESOME! LOVE it!
    i'm also loving your list. i'm about to turn 37 in 1.5 weeks and am going to be making my new list. i will be looking to yours for some inspiration.

  2. it's too bad we don't live closer, we could work on some of our "list" together :)

  3. what color is the green in your kitchen?

  4. The green is Moss from DeVine Paint (sold at Miller Paint)

  5. I live for backsplash. Yours is so pretty. I am totally inspired and following your blog like a stalker from here on out ;) a