|Finished Dyed Rice Mosaic|
The mosaics seem to be a two class project for everyone so far- so I would plan for this project to take 2-3 hours from beginning to end.
Dyed Rice Tutorial-
Supplies you will need to dye the rice:
Inexpensive White Rice
Food Coloring- I used fluorescent and regular dye
Plastic Locking Sandwich bags
Plate to dry rice on
Storage containers with tight lids
|Dry the rice flat in plastic plates|
Creating your mosaic-
- Download simple stained glass patterns from the internet with little detail like geometric shapes, flowers, butterflies and birds.
- Cut out pattern and glue it to a black card stock backgroud to give the mosaic stability ( it becomes quite heavy)
|Geometic Design Starting to come together|
- Use thick glue to adhere rice like Tacky Glue.
- Work only a small section at a time, spreading glue to the edges of the section with a Q-tip.It works best to do all the sections of the mosaic with the same color before moving to the next color. (Creates less "confetti"rice )
- Dump excess in a plastic plate so it can be reused
- Fill in any places where the rice is missing until completed
Here are some of my ladies from Horizon Bay with their artwork:
|Florence at Horizon Bay|
|Beverly's creation is really coming together!|
|Ethna seems pretty pleased!|
|Kris- who started it all!|
|Another great job by Inez|
Another group at Atria in Richardson:
|Enjoying the creative process!|
|Making a pretty sunflower|
|Dorothy perfecting her work as her daughter looks on.|
Right now I am working on an "easy" batik project. I found it originally on That Artist Woman's blog as have many folks- and am doing a sample project right now. The Batik project is definitely a 2-3 class project as it has several steps and requires drying time between steps. Will post the results later this month.
Good luck with the new time change- and get ready for Spring projects!