Sweet Mosaic by Joel Brochu
Canadian fine art student Joel Brochu is the author of this amazingly beautiful mosaic. According to the young artist, he usually uses sprinkles or “non pareils” (things you put on cupcakes) as the material for his art. Creating his beautiful mosaic paintings is one big exercise, which needs much patience and artistic talent. Joel Brochu meticulously created the piece using 221,184 colored sugary balls usually used on cakes and ice cream. The Canadian artist said he used double-sided sticky tape to attach the myriad sprinkles to a board using a customized template.
The artist said the work began as a university fine arts project on Pointillism – the technique of using tiny dots to create a painting. “It looks like an image of a beagle. It appears as a high definition photograph measuring four inches by one and a half inches. I did it by meticulously placing the sprinkles by hand using jewellery tweezers.They adhered to the board with the help of double sided tape and a thin layer of glue.
According to Joel Brochu used just six colors – red, orange, green, blue, black, and white to create a myriad of hues. The artwork’s level of detail directly correlated with the amount of sprinkles used.
‘An image with fine detail, such as a panoramic landscape, looks best using a minimum of 275,000 sprinkles. It would measure five feet by one and a half feet. ‘An easily recognizable or close-up image, such as a human face, can be created with far less, 33,000 sprinkles for example, and would measure 14 inches by nine inches.’
Meanwhile, it took Joel Brochu about eight months to complete the picture of a dog. And once finished, the artist permanently preserves it with a clear acrylic resin. The flexibility of the medium and color combinations ensures that the artist can recreate any image with sprinkles. For example, landscapes, great works of art, portraits, and even black and white photographs.