Experimental project with wood, macramé, mosaic and painting

The goal of this experimental project is straightforward. I want to try to combine several elements into one project, including oil painting, wood burning, mosaic and macramé. Mosaic is kind of new to me but I think the idea is similar to cross stitch.


1. Wood tray

2. Cradled gesso board 5″×7″

3. Tiny mosaic tile

4. Natural cotton cord 1.2mm

5. Wood dowel rod

6. Flat bass wood 0.5″ width

7. Wood sticks from my backyard tree


1. Measure and cut the wood rod and flat bass wood as needed.

2. Color wood tray, wood rod and bass wood with wood stain.

3. Finish all wood parts with Shellac.

4. Glue flat bass wood on wood tray. This is the frame for cradled gesso board.

5. Put on mosaic as needed. I bought the black grout by accident. So, it goes with black.

6. Burn some pattern on wood sticks.

7. Install wood rods as frame for macramé. The rods are close to the top so the macramé is on front layer.

8. Macramé as needed. For this one I just want to do simple design so I can see the results sooner.

9. Install wood sticks with wood glue.

10. Paint gesso board.

11. Install painted gesso board.

12. Varnish is optional.



Again, for this experimental project I just want the design to be simple so that I can finish it in timely manner and overview it as a whole piece. Each element can be changed. For example, the oil painting can be landscape, the mosaic can be irregular shape and fill up the wood tray, wood sticks can be on the inner side of “frame”, macramé can have different color cords and outline and so on. It all depends on your major subject.

Overall I am happy with this result. I can start building different elements into one piece.

Thank you.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.