I wanted all the white tiles grouted in white and the rest in black. I first taped off the areas that would get white grout (the face, feather and background) so I could apply the black grout. I didn't completely tape off the white background area because I was sure I wouldn't go outside the taping.
This is the scariest part of making a mosaic for me. I know the black grout will cover all my glass and will look horrible and it will appear there is no return at that point. But, after using the damp sponge and the glass starts shining through, there is an amazing transformation! Although I knew better, I didn't wear gloves during this process. Gloves just feel very clumsy to me and I thought I could just wash off the grout afterwards. Wrong!!! It took quite a bit of scrubbing with various soaps to get all that black off my hands and from around my cuticles. Yuck! Next time I'll wear gloves.
Next, I had to tape off the black areas and get ready for white grout. This process just can't go fast enough for me at this point.
Of course, my timing is usually a little off. The evening I was ready to spread the white grout, the "love bugs" showed up. You can see one of the little buggers at the top right (on the white tiles) in this picture. For those who don't know, "love bugs" take to the air twice a year in this area (usually May and September) and are a major pain. In addition to being a menace to car finishes, they are attracted to light colored objects (such as white tiles) and decided to make their flight when I was ready to apply my white grout!
Here's a close up of what happened after I spread the white grout and before I wiped it off. This was a pretty light season for the love bugs but still was an added distraction during grouting!
Yes, they fly in pairs ~ read more about them here.
Finally, after cleaning all the grout and letting it sit for a few days, I was able to seal the grout and set the table back in its place.
Mr. Man thinks it's a masterpiece (I love my fans!) I realize that I'm a very inexperienced mosaicist and am extremely critical of my work (I see something wrong w/it everyday), but I'm pretty proud of this accomplishment.
Now, the patio really doesn't do the table justice and I think we'll have to do something about the patio next!!