So today, I am going to address creating a design for your mosaic guitar.  If you are just joining me, please scroll back to lessons #1 and #2.  I’m sure there is some way to line everything up sequentially with this Word Press interface.  I simply haven’t figured it out yet….so please bear with me.

At the end of part 2, I was preparing my guitar to receive the tesserae (glass, tile, et al…) After I finished writing, I coated all sides of the guitar and let it dry.   The guitar is now a blank canvas.


The best  tool to use for marking out one’s design is a china marker or grease pencil.


  However, since I can’t find my china marker, I am using dry erase board markers.


There are a number of different ways to do this.   I find it helpful to sketch a guitar and then play around with different ideas before I begin to mark up my guitar.


Once you have a general idea of what you want to do, draw your designs onto the guitar.  I freehand my designs, for the most part, because I like a looser -feeling design.  I did use a plastic can lid to trace some of the curves, however.


Since the guitar is a curvaceous instrument,  I like to use lots of concentric, curvy design elements.  Just play around with it all.  Nothing has to be exact.    Just take the design to wherever you want it to go.  If this is your first time to try this, simple is best, but not mandatory.  Just go wherever your heart takes you and have a good time!


Oh…..and don’t forget the back!  One note about the way I have overlapped these circles on the back side of the guitar.  If you do something like this, you might want to choose a tesserae that is twice as dark on the regions that overlap, to give it a more translucent appearance.

guitar back

A reader wrote to me to ask about using tempered glass on a mosaic guitar.  Therefore, that is exactly what I shall demonstrate, along with other types of embellishments.   However, this will come later on.  The technique is one that I initially learned from Ellen Blakeley  who is the queen of all things tempered glass.  However, I will put my own twist on it for the purposes of embellishing this guitar.  We will start with colored glass, though, and finish up with some tempered glass accents.

Until next time……