Combining direct + indirect method: the trick with the dough

Just a small update from our current Mucha project that I have presented to you a few days ago: I have completed my piece with fondo interrotto (interrupted background) and taken over a part of the fine andamenti that make up the curly hair in Pole Star.

As you might have already seen when looking at the pictures from the project of the year before us, some details of this group work are implemented in direct technique to give the mosaic more expression. The hair accessories made of Edelweiß will be slightly raised from the otherwise plain surface, so we had to leave this space (to be made in direct method later) empty. After having flipped the mosaic, these empty zones will be filled with parts of the mosaic made in direct method.

Easy: Using dough as a template

A nice trick to work precisely when combing direct and indirect method without too much effort of preparation is to use a template made ​​out of dough. As you can see, we really work until the edge of this dough form that has more or less the height of our mosaic made in indirect method.

I like the combination of both mosaic techniques a lot, so I’ll keep this in my mind for future works.

Do you have any practical tips for mixing indirect and direct method? Leave a comment!

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