Friday, 21 October 2011

Some Ideas for the Mosaic Pendant and Picture Frame Classes Coming up

Its a Mixed media extravaganza! The charms are soooo cuuute. You can make one as well, have a look at the Classes & Parties page. There are also some adult student pics amongst these. The stained glass is used by adults, and children can use the tiles, charms and beads. Some elements, such as beads etc. in these pics may be rarities or handmade, and so styles may vary on the day. You can paint the frames or wood pendants first, then glue or grout the mosaics on. There's a variety of necklace cord and ribbon to choose from, or make a keychain.

 Family Mosaic Session ideas

Finished examples above ~ wonderful works in progress below

A very eclectic mix indeed for a picture frame!
Picture frames can be painted or fully tiled along 

the sides as well.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Adult Mosaic Taster Session at Brockholes!

Some wonderful designs in progress from the garden plaque session.. I love looking at new designs! We used 1 and 2cm glass tiles onto a 200mm square base. Everyone took supplies home to complete their pieces including sealant, grout, extra adhesive and a spatula.

"Really enjoyable session, good variety of materials and great instruction."
"Plenty of design ideas available. A wide range of glass tiles to work with. An enjoyable afternoon."
"A really enjoyable session. I would do more of it,
if it became available."
"Relaxing, enjoyable and informative workshop. Well prepared and good range of materials available. Would come to similar in the future."

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Chorley Contemporary Crafters Make a Mosaic!

 Some wonderful pieces de resistance from the Chorley Bunch!
(see their blog here)
Fantastic ideas swimming around like


a glass medley, 

the seaside... 

 a house number.... 

and a large pot!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Dragonfly Mosaic Session@Brockholes A Smashing Success!

ok I promise not to use that cheesy phrase ever again-but it had to be done once! It was a busy day (I am delighted!). The mosaic artists were welcome to choose their own theme, and there were really inspiring designs. Thanks to The Wildlife Trust at Brockholes for their help! 

The next Family Workshop is Sunday 28 Aug 2-3.30pm (£8.50), you can choose your own design, and the
Adult Taster Master Class: Garden Plaque is Sat 24 Sept 1-4pm (£33).  Course details here
To Book - 01772 872000 or E:

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Mosaic Artist DVD Review: Monumental Mosaics: The Isaiah Zagar Method

This DVD was made last year, but I have only discovered it and it is very fascinating in a number of ways. Isaiah formally studied painting , and I think this has aided him to improvise and create new or non-traditional ways of working in mosaics and pigments. His style is is free and his background as a painter shows through his art. Like many mosaicists, including myself, he confesses to evolving in the direction of mosaics. He is happy to work in 3D with slabs of cement and this is another facet of his free flowing style. He has an interesting theory on reflection through mirrors, but you will have to get the DVD to find out more. I like  his direction - he impressed me with a maverick attitude, and the changing and aging of the art form.
This is the first DVD review-next is Oliver Budd, coming soon. 

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Friday, 22 July 2011

Next Mission: A Pet Commission

I am told he's a Hungarian Wire Haired Viszla, and I'm going to recreate him in tiles. 
Very Sweet...
Watch this Space!

 Here is the finished piece - this is the Silver portrait Package, and the Gold package is on

Lancaster Lane CP School Mural In the Making...

Here it is... the steps to a gorgeous cuddly animal mosaic. The childrens' drawings were too big at first, and I showed them how to draw inside a box and then a grey outline helped to keep the tile pieces in form. It took some time to get it done, but well worth the effort. There was some time left at the end of the session, so they worked around the animals with turquoise background, and it gives the animals movement - swimming in a pool of swimming pool tiles ;)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

School Mural for Lancaster Lane CP School Complete -in time

Well here it is, very exciting to see the finished product with the effort of Year 3 and 4s at Lancy Lane school. I am very pleased with it. The animals are very sweet!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Commision in memory of a loved pet named Bernie

Pet portraits available, to your needs, please contact me for a quote.

Mosaic Jewellery completed and ready to go to Craft Show!

I have just come back from America and managed to get hold of some wonderful blank pendants perfect for mosaics. i have already sold one at the Lancaster Craft Fair. Hooray!