This is a linoleum cut. Some people have asked me whether the mandala is created using a series of stamps – which incidentally would have been a lot less work. But instead it is a complete lino – as they all are.
The New Zealand mandala is very much one made up of things from the natural world.
For the collector, the nearer to number “1” the better. This is when the burr is at its most optimal, creating an image of soft feathery lines. Usually when printing a limited edition will be very similar in terms of color.
The etches here are the very first print taken from the PVC dry point etched sheet. You can see quite clearly that the lines and edges have produced a lovely full line. I am a real fan of this technique, I think it produces a very romantic finish.
For many of you this scene will also represent a Dutch cliché i.e. a scene that, upon its inception, may have been striking but has become unoriginal through repetition and overuse. Popularity made scenes such as these seem trite, turning them into what we now call clichés. Whether you like the scene or not, the reality is, that this scene is alive and well in the Netherlands of today. Sure, more often than not you see large turbine driven windmills of the modern variety towering over these beautiful small old windmills, but despite that, in the foreground this scene can still be found in the Netherlands of 2019- thank goodness!
Spacing of mosaic pieces is as critical as grout color. The further apart the spacing the more fragmented the piece will look – and the more grout will be needed to finish the piece. The closer the spacing the better the piece will read. So spacing is another of the vital design choices that have to be made when designing a mosaic.
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First Exhibit in the Netherlands.
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Working on three dimensional objects is a great way to hone your skills in mosaic art as you are having to pay constant attention to uneven surfaces, rounded corners and varying thicknesses of material.