I've started the mosaic portrait - well I've done the set up for it.
This is a black & white photograph, scanned at a high resolution that's been taken it into PhotoShop, enlarged to 11" x 17", printed and then hand colored.
It has been taped down on a board, covered with a layer of clear plastic and then covered with fiberglass mesh.
Next I will start cutting smalti to fit the areas of color and gluing them to the mesh. Once the face and neck are done I will trim around the mosaic and affix it to a substrate and finish the piece.