Superheroes To The Rescue
Updated: Oct 20, 2020
This first Mural stands 3 feet x 4 feet. Over 5000 pieces of different sizes used.
I have been involved with Mosaic Art for a while, and my (fave) medium of choice are Lego pieces. Brings me back to my childhood...and all that good stuff.
I have posted my completed pieces, but have been asked many times to show the process. I will start with this Deadpool Mural. (will post others in different blogs)
STEP 1: The Prep Work
I won't lie. I despise prepping. I mean....just let me get right to the creativity! Bypass this nonsense! But alas..it can't be so. So prepping we will go....
The very first thing I do (which I have not shown here) is create my pattern. This takes quite a while to get it just the way I want it.
Next...I build the frame, which has to be sturdy to hold the weight of the pieces.
What you see here is the next step. I use Lego backplates and glue them (with the addition of a few small finishing nails) to make sure they are intact. We can't have it "snowing lego" once it is on the wall!
Back plates are crazy sizes with ridges and such....so I have to take everything into consideration when planning it out. Would seem trivial...but I assure you it is not. One tiny bit off...and your Lego pieces will not pop into place on the connecting plates. This could prove to be a disaster being the glue is a tough one...so to assure myself that it will be perfect...I use larger Lego pieces to connect each plate. Let sit 24 hours.
I have a perfected printout of my pattern, and also one that I yellow/mark off. These days, I am so used to my patterns, that I no longer use a "coloring" sheet. I do it all by eye. (glasses needed...as this gal loves precise little details...)
I have the pieces sorted in bins by sizes and colors. As you can see, I have removed all the connector pieces...and away I go. (Hammer sometimes needed to fix the little nails I use. If they are not put in deep enough, the Lego pieces will not snap on properly)
At this time, I will add a crazy tidbit of information. When I glue the plates, every one must have the "Lego words" that are stamped on the plates positioned so you can read the words (yes, even though they are covered up with the actual Lego pieces) And (clears throat...) EVERY single tiny lego piece I put on the mural must be the same. I have no idea why I have a need to do this. Perhaps a bit of OCD, but if I accidentally put one upside down so the Lego name reads upside down...then off it comes and goes back on the right way. Just thought you might need a bit of a chuckle at my expense....
Starting the outline of the pattern.
It is always fun when the actual image begins...
(While I am working on one creation...I am buying more pieces for my next one. A "must do" )
And then THIS begins to happen...