After our kitchen renovation, I said I would do a custom backsplash. The idea of Starry Night hit me like lightning one night. I couldn't shake the idea. As much as I tried to come at it differently to "make sure" I had exhausted all ideas, this image just kept coming back to me; white cupboards with this navy mosaic inspired by one of the most incredible paintings, I knew it had to be done. Because of my ceramic and pottery experience, I decided that I would maintain control over the colours of the tiles by painting, glazing and firing all the 6"x6" tiles myself. I marked the basic lines out on the painted wall and set to work smashing and gluing the tiles. Not exactly a "simple" project. Not exactly as "quick" project. But I kept telling myself it would be worth it.
Just to clarify, I didn't collect plates or dishes to create this. I painted all my own 6"x 6" tiles in Duncan Concepts Underglaze. I then dipped them in a clear coat glaze and fired them. After firing they are shiny and look like regular ceramic tiles. At which point I smashed them in their colour groupings. With a pencil I drew lines onto the wall to give an idea of layout then glued each piece on as I went. Once everything was glued, it was grouted in dark grey unsanded grout. We used way more grout than if you were tile normally! I like how the grey really added a mood to this.