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.
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."
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
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.
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 ;)