Here are some photos showing how The Turtle was made.
It started with the prepared piece of exterior plywood. The design is drawn on in felt tip pen. Then to make the piece a bit more 3 dimensional, I have added some tile adhesive in a small mound under the shell pattern. This is then allowed to dry completely for at least 24 hours. Then the design is once again drawn onto the dried glue.
The border is always glued on first, then I can begin gluing the pattern on. In this case each small bump on the shell is glued with additional glue underneath the pieces, making the end result quite bumpy and tactile. The rest of the turtle is added, once most of the main shell design is done. Then lastly the background.
Once this has all been allowed to dry completely then it can be grouted, and another piece is complete.