At each stage of my work I can take a step back and think whether I want to correct some part of my mosaic piece. But once I grout there's no turning back. From the moment I choose the color of my grout, mix it with water and apply it on my work I know that whatever I do at that moment it is final. I have some friends who choose no to grout their work. For me this is not an option. My mosaic needs to be grouted. The materials I usually use and the way I lay my tiles makes the work look unfinished if it is not grouted. The only materials I won't grout are marble and Smalti.
February 11, 2009
Grouting - the "no looking back" stage...
I had many disappointments but lately I figured out a method that works for me:
1. I use light grey grout. It is light enough to be stained later if needed and not too light to make the work look somehow broken.2. Using a rubber kidney (It's potters tools) I spread the grout. The rubber kidney is so flexible but yet had one straight edge and I find it just the right tool.
3. I clean the work immediately without waiting for the grout to settle down. first with paper towels, then with a wet sponge and finally with a window cleaning detergent.
I WEAR MOUTH AND NOSE PROTECTION THROUGH ALL THIS PROCESS.
4. Now the work is totally clean, the glass is shining but the grout is still wet. So this is the right time to decide if I want to change its color. I use inks to stain it. The ink is absorbed completely in the grout and doesn't leave fogy stains on the glass.
The photos above are of my latest work Beautiful Woman. You can see it in my website: http://www.iritlevy.com/ or on my Flickr account: http://flickr.com/photos/irit-levy/sets/72157613314288592/