Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Let Graycat Mosaic Create A Fabulous Pet Portrait For You

Our dog Carolyn is a beloved member of our family and very devoted to us.  She's a rescue dog we adopted in 2013 from Tennessee.  We don't know much about her past except that she was found pregnant and roaming the streets of a small town in Tennessee.  She was taken in by a foster family where she had her puppies and everyone was waiting to be adopted.  Through the rescue organization, Lynnie was transported on a bus to us on an 18 hour journey along with her puppies and other animals going to their new families.  She's a wonderful sister to Jack and Scarlett and they love her a lot.

Graycat Mosaic is a mosaic studio started by owner Luba who creates beautiful custom pet portraits using materials like broken dishes, beads, shells, and more.  Have you ever heard of anything so unique before? She doesn't just do dogs but cats, fish, horses, birds, hamsters, and whatever other type of pet you have! I have a lot of pictures of my family displayed in my home but not too many of Lynnie. Since we just moved into a new home and have a lot of wall space, I knew having a portrait of her would be an excellent choice.  Don't forget that this isn't just any ordinary picture, but a gorgeous conversation starter that is made by hand.  Luba's work is also a wonderful opportunity to feature a beloved pet that has passed on for yourself or a friend.  Also, a pet portrait would make an ideal gift for someone who has it all and are hard to buy for.  You can guarantee they won't have one of these!

Luba's creation process is not one that I'd say is simple.  She pours her heart, soul, and energy into each piece to guarantee a work of art each and every time.  For her custom pet portraits, she uses mostly stained glass unless the customer opts for a broken china mosaic.  Luba says that the material of stained glass allows her to recreate the picture very closely, since the glass can be cut into tiny shards.  She mentioned that one of Lynnie's eyes which is the size of a dime took 22 pieces of glass in 5 different colors.  The colors make the portrait become alive and exciting. Luba's artistic vision is inspiring.

Luba also mentioned that when she starts a portrait, she begins from the eyes and spends a lot of time to make it right and accurate.  She pays attention to every detail of the picture which involves a lot of staring.  Jokingly, she told me that staring is an important part of the creative process since she stares at each pet for hours thinking of exactly how to cut the glass best.  Shards for a long haired pet will be different than a short haired one.

It's important that you send Luba a clear picture that represents your dog best.  Maybe you want Fido holding their favorite ball or chew toy in their mouth in the park? Or possibly a photo of Sparky playing in the backyard would be best? Whatever picture you send, I can guarantee it will come out fantastic. The piece can be entirely customized to your vision down to the background colors.  Luba mentioned that the picture I sent of Lynnie was very serious and could I maybe send a different one?  I told her that that's Lynnie's personality.  She's a cautious, careful dog that spends most of her days looking out the window and keeping her family safe.  I felt that the serious picture I chose of Lynnie was extremely accurate.

As Luba worked on the mosaic, I loved seeing all of the progress.  Can you imagine having the talent and skill to create an animal portrait out of broken materials? It's amazing! I can barely sew, so watching others display their talents is always something I enjoy seeing.

The mosaic was created extremely quickly and arrived in the mail heavily packaged.  Once I unwrapped everything, I was blown away.  The portrait was just simply gorgeous and unlike anything I've ever seen.  I still cannot believe Lynnie was created out of stained glass. It blows my mind! The portrait looks just like her and is certainly a true masterpiece.

Luba mails the portrait ready to hang to easily display in any room of your choice.  I noticed that this was not a flimsy piece by any means.  There's a lot of weight to this portrait and it's definitely made to last for years of enjoyment.  It hangs on the wall easily and stays securely.

I chose to hang the picture on a smaller wall in the upstairs of my home.  As soon as it was on my wall, I knew I had picked the perfect spot. The teal background paired excellently with Lynnie's cream coloring.  The black of her nose and brown of her eyes really popped with the teal and brought it to life.  Each shard is painstakingly glued by hand for a true labor of love.  Scarlett thought that it was incredible that Lynnie was made from broken materials and kept asking me how it was created!

Luba's meticulous craftsmanship is definitely evident and I feel very fortunate that she created such a beautiful portrait of our Lynnie.  I can guarantee that this piece will surely be a conversation starter.

If you're looking to display your furry friend in a very stylish and different way, Luba is ready to make the portrait of your dreams!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Graycat Mosaic for providing a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

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