This mosaic took about 7 months to complete (working on and off in between various other projects). Although the process can be long it's actually very simple.
I began with a primed 4'X6' piece of plywood (the canvas). From there I painted my layout/design (the plan). My colour scheme and the various elements used were all decided on before anything was laid down. Without an organized plan things can get out of control, real fast.
I used the direct method which is laying tesserae right onto the surface. The challenge, as always, is having all the elements work nicely together.
There was a lot of cutting, a lot of putting down and taking up and a lot more cutting.