Suntaker #5 – 6″x6″ Mosaic

Suntaker 5

Suntaker #5 – 2013

6″ x 6″ Mosaic on Illustration Board

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November Change – 4.5″ x 4.5″ Mosaic

November Change – 2012
4.5″ x 4.5″ Mosaic on Rives BFK Paper

Inspired by the changing of the leaves. I decided to make a flower with autumn colors. As for the background I used one chocolate Tootsie Pop wrapper instead of a mix of colors. Being a small mosaic, some of the material does need to be recognized to show what the art is made from. This opens up other possibilities with future work. Labels used are tagged in the image with thinglink. Notable wrappers include orange Starburst wrappers, Alaskan Summer Ale, Shiner Hefeweizen and Pomegranate Tootsie Pop. Spread the word about my art and Pin it to your boards. If you enjoy Instagram, please follow me @recycledmosaics

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Recycled Mosaics was given some exposure

A tweet came over to my Recycled Mosaics account:
Tweet from @aboutdotme to Recycled Mosaics

Absolutely made my night. How it happened? I have no idea. But it’s awesome to see my page in the inspiration section. To me, is an online business card that gives a brief bio and/or image yourself and external links to social media sites or blogs. With this I can show my art in a snapshot which has a further reach than me handing out a card or telling them to check out my art on my website or exhibit. I have one already I use here for my personal page which is in the bio section of the website.

Something to think about, is it worth the effort to constantly push ideas out in places like, twitter, pinterest or instagram? I think it is, but always in moderation with quality posts. I was retweeted in twitter on my @recycledmosaics account the other day. I thanked the person, exchanged followings. However, my twitter feed immediately was blasted by the same type of tweets, consistently annoying. So I unfollowed and count it as experience. Would I ever be like that person spamming the twitter? Nope. It’s the fine line I need see and keep telling others about my art without all the spam/filler. After all, if I didn’t keep publishing everything and everywhere, I wouldn’t have been found and added to the directory.

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Suntaker #4 – 4.5″ x 4.5″ Mosaic

Suntaker #4 – Mosaic of a sunflower made with recycled candy and drink labels

Suntaker #4 – 2012
4.5″ x 4.5″ Mosaic on BFK Rives Paper

I took this picture on the side of the road where I work here in North Fort Worth. Somehow there’s still a lot of sunflowers still blooming in 100 degree heat. This is one of four small mosaics I made in prepwork for my school’s alumni exhibit. I’m glad I learned how to work small and on paper. I didn’t think it would be possible. Most of the labels used in the mosaic are Shiner Bock beer labels, Lemon Starburst wrappers, Snapple Peach Iced Tea and Mary Jane candy wrappers. Spread the word and Pin it to your boards.

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Cactus Bloom – 4.5″ x 4.5″ Mosaic

Cactus Bloom – Mosaic made with recycled candy and drink labels

Cactus Bloom – 4.5″ x 4.5″ Mosaic on BFK Rives Paper

One of my favorite locations to get away and unplug is Turkey, Texas. Up there my in-laws have a house they keep up and every year we make a trek up to Turkey for the Bob Wills Weekend fun. Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, is the king of country swing. I’m not much of a country music fan, however going up there and hearing the constant live music and jam sessions, it grows on you fast. On the side of the house where we stayed, there’s a good amount of cactus going wild and most of which had bloomed these yellow flowers. So I took a few shots and filtered it in my Instagram feed. Since I was prepping for an exhibit, working in miniatures, I figured this is a good subject to work up a mosaic while making a mark on my trip this year. Labels used are Shiner Bock beer labels, Lemon Starburst wrappers, Twinnings Earl Gray Tea wrapppers. Be sure to check out the prints in the store and share this post on Pinterest.

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Suntaker #3 – 18 x 24 Mosaic

Suntaker #3 – #Mosaic made with #recycled candy and drink labels

Suntaker #3 – 18 x 24 Mosaic on Masonite

I created this mosaic on the heels of other exhibit work for a silent auction this October benefiting Tarrant County’s local AIDS Outreach Center. Last year I participated in the same auction being my first showing in 12 years as I was glad to participate for the sake of others. Adding the fushia/purple hues was born out of frustration to make the image pop some more. The background was a different approach, as I am finding the gray-area between recognizing the brand vs. the color of the label in the subject to be a problem that needs to be tightened up. The image needs to spell out both the retention of the brand while the creation holds its own ground. Anyways, I am satisfied with the results as this opens the door a little more from certain constraints. Labels used are mostly Twinnings tea wrappers, Lemon Starburst wrappers, various blue labels in the background. The purple/fushia colors I added before finishing the piece are from Wonka’s Bottle Cap candy wrappers.

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Suntaker #2 – 12 x 18 Mosaic

Suntaker #2 – #Mosaic made with #recycled candy and drink labels

About the Mosaic

12″ x 18″ on masonite,the mosaic is made mostly with Twinnings tea wrappers, Snapple Peach Iced Tea, imported chocolate bar labels, some gold foil and various green labels in the background. Sunflowers are found all over Texas. They are everywhere. This is the fourth of the four mosaics I made a for an exhibit in Fort Worth last September, 2011. Thinking ahead, I figured flowers would be a good subject matter, knowing candy wrappers and drink labels tend to be bright and colorful. For example, as a husband, it would be smart to buy my wife flowers occasionally. When buying a bouquet, I would choose the flowers with the brighter colors. Sunflowers, in general are popular and in various methods of decor. My wife indeed likes a nice bouquet of sunflowers in the house.

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A Vibrant Morning Wake – 12 x 18 Mosaic

A Vibrant Morning Wake - Mosaic made with recycled candy and drink labels

About the Mosaic

The mosaic is made with recycled purple tea wrappers, Laffy Taffy grape, Now n’Later wrappers and various green labels in the background to create these Spiderwort flowers. The wildflower can be found here in Texas. Special thanks to Cindy Dyer for allowing me to transform her picture into one of my mosaics. She’s an incredible photographer. I originally made four 12″ x 18″s for an exhibit in Fort Worth and decided to make giclee prints. The prints made are scale down to half the size in order to tighten up the detail. One point to make: working in the print industry, there’s a bit of give and take when dealing with printing from an original. The printer and I were surprised the labels scanned well and the colors did not change or vary from the original mosaic. If you have checked out my other prints for sale, the last two sentences are being repeated for a reason. I’m amazed by the detail the prints captured. They look absolutely fantastic. This is my favorite out of the four.

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12″ x 18″ on masonite. Used by permission ©Cindy Dyer

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