After my mother passed, I wanted a memorial to remember her.  Searching the internet I could not find anything for sale.  So off to the workshop to create my own.  For technique I found this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J4A_nILyIU, where he uses cardboard as a base and then covers it with tile grout.  Loved his use of drywall screws to hold it in place.  My project is smaller and I just used masking tape to hold the cardboard till I could cover it.  

Step 1: Prep and Planning

My mother loved books and reading even after her eyes began to fail and she needed the services of Colorado Books on Tape.  So it was obvious that I wanted something to do with books as my memorial.  I considered a stack of books, but settled on an open book as my image.  Planning is essential even though the grout will cover a multitude of mistakes.  I didn't have any large sheets of cardboard and salvaged some old boxes before they ended up in recycling. 

Other materials are:
Masking tape
Tile grout
Rubber or neoprene gloves
Plastic bucket
Grey Primer
<p>I love this! What a wonderful way to memorialize and celebrate your mother! Thanks for sharing!</p>
nicely done. Grout isn't the greatest at being weather resistant, you may want to consider giving it a couple coats of polyurethane or acrylic to help make it last
Thanks, discovered this with my sprinklers. I've double coated as you suggest with urethane as well as sealed some cracks with silicone. since I painted it with primer grey I was able to repaint easily.

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