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This digital painting is inspired by the beautiful artwork of Laurie Mika who makes rich shrine-like plaques made of mosaics made from tiles of glass and polymer clay. I accidentally discovered her on YouTube a couple of years ago just as she was getting ready to publish her first book, Mixed-Media Mosaics: Techniques and Projects Using Polymer Clay Tiles, Beads & Other Embellishments. I finally got my hands on it during my birthday trip to the bookstore a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t buy it that day but it is SO inspiring. This piece of work of mine doesn’t come close to what she does because, as usual, it took on a life of it’s own. But I’m going to keep trying.