Mosaic artist Melanie Watts has created a series of stunning mosaic murals for a public art project aimed at raising awareness of endangered species.
Watts used BAL adhesives and grouts to create a beautiful glass mosaic of an endangered white barn owl (below) for the Gyosei Art Trail on the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes which has attracted visitors from across the UK and internationally.
Each individually cut piece of glass helps to brings this detailed work together, using soft and delicate colours to capture the delicate autumnal light, ranging from golds to yellows to stunning vibrant reds and oranges seen on a stunning autumn day. For this piece, Watts created drawings based on her own photographs of forestry along the canal.
She has also created a beautiful butterfly and buddleia mural (top) using BAL Max Flex Fibre adhesive and BAL Micromax2 grout.
“People around the world tell me my mosaic work is beautiful and uplifting,” says Watts. “Opportunities to work internationally and on TV have been amazing. I create bespoke drawings with unique themes, and source beautiful and colourful materials to ensure the artwork really holds the viewer’s attention. My style is versatile and includes both contemporary and traditional mosaic to create stunning artworks for walls and floors.”
BAL has recently teamed up with BAMM (The British Association for Modern Mosiac) to put on specialist training workshops for mosaic mural artists looking to develop their knowledge and skills for the professional installation of mosaics. The course includes insights into the best practices for preparation, fixing and finishing installations, and an overview on product technologies.
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