In my July 21 entry, I started writing about how I create my mosaic guitars. Today, I’m going to talk about preparing the surface to receive the tesserae. (Tesserae is whatever the artist wishes to stick to the guitar….tile, glass, metal pieces, jewelry, wood, et al….)
The first tutorial left off with my sanding the glossy surface of the guitar, not necessarily to remove it, but to rough it up enough to receive a sealer. Skipping this step would result in the sealer beading up and floating on top of the guitar gloss. Once the instrument has been sanded, however, it can easily receive the paint. I am using Bullseye 1-2-3 by Zinsser for this project. However, I highly recommend a product sold by di Mosaico called Bonderizer by Garland and White. I just happen to be out of it at the moment. Bonderizer is used by pro tile layers to prepare surfaces to receive ceramic tile. It is a great product, and a little bit goes a long way.
The Bullseye is nice and thick, however, and acts as a good substitute if you can’t get Bonderizer.
Begin by removing the dust that collected during the sanding process, from the guitar. You can use a dry cloth or a soft brush….anything along those lines.
Once the dust has been removed, begin to paint one side of the guitar.
There is no need to keep the brush strokes uniform. In fact, inconsistencies help keep the surface rough, thus, making the tile or glass stick better. Just slap on a quick coat and don’t worry about keeping it neat.
Coat one side at a time and let dry for several hours. Only one coat is necessary. Once these steps have been completed, please join me for part 3 of the tutorial.