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Thursday, October 27, 2011

DIY // Van Gogh's The Starry Night Mosaic Art

This is a piece that I created a few years back.  Back before the creation of Revamp Homegoods, even before the creation of blogging.

Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night has had me mesmerized for as long as I can remember.  The deep colors and the night's energy are awe-inspiring.  Did you know that this was his view from his room in the sanatorium in Saint Remy and was painted just 13 months before his death.  He would stare at the view at night and then paint from memory in the morning.  I, too, could stare at it for hours. (Que sappy music.)

"The Starry Night" Vincent Van Gogh 1889

An extremely long time later...

Being one of the most replicated paintings of all time, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and create "The Starry Night" in glass mosaic form.  I made a trip out to Bullseye Glass, in Portland, Oregon, to pick up the supplies, which were:
  • Glass cutter
  • Sheets of colored glass
I picked up some craft glue at the local Joann's Craft store and borrowed some charcoal grout from my grandparents.

My apologies, Vamps, as I did not have the foresight to take photos of the steps.  But, it went a little something like this:  Cut glass. Glue glass. Spread grout.  Wipe clean.  Let dry.  Wipe clean, again.

And, low and behold, my very own "The Starry Night" copy.  The window is its new home.  I love how the light shines through and illuminates the sky, just like Van Gogh's.  It's old home, inlaid in a side table, did not do it any justice.

The Starry Night Copycat

So, what do you think?  What art inspires you?  Do you have a DIY copycat, another replica, or are you one of the lucky ones who own an original?


1 comment

  1. I like how it looks behind a window better than on the table you had it on before. Nice work, Meg!


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