Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art is off to a great 2011! Classes are filling up with new and returning students. New classes are being added throughout the year. Looking forward to joining fellow mosaic devotees at the SAMA conference in Austin Texas in the middle of this month!!
Also if you are on Facebook don’t forget to become a friend of the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art group!
Garden Heart Sculpture by Tami Macala teacher and owner of Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
Table Top Mosaic student work Collage & Mirror Mosaic student work
Table Top Mosaic in process
Thank you to everyone for your support and great feedback about the recent article in Noozhawk online newspaper. Thanks to Jenn Kennedy for the write up. If you did not get a chance to see it here is the link
New LAB punch card SBSMA now has a LAB punch card. For every 10 hours of LAB time you get the 11th hour free.
LAB time is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects. For $20/hour you have access to all adhesives, grout, tools and my time as well as not worrying about making a mess.
SBSMA Supply Store
SBSMA has all your mosaic art supply needs. There are a few new tools stocked up as well as nippers, files, adhesives and grouts. Don’t forget if you want great colorful tiles, I have those too.
Bring a friend discount
Any time you bring a friend to a workshop you and the friend get a 10% discount on your fees and for the month of February there will be an additional 10% off all supplies and tiles at the time of your workshop.
Tips and Techniques How to choose your substrate Now that you have chosen your design you must decide what type of substrate you would like to make your mosaic on. There are many different types of substrates to chose from. First you need to ask yourself will the piece you are making be outside in the weather elements, get wet or walked on? Once you have made that decision you can chose accordingly. If you are doing a piece that will be outside such as a table, ground insert or is a shower or kitchen back splash you will want to work with a water proof/resistant substrate. There are a few out there but I recommend either HardieBacker or Wedi Board. There is Wonderboard or Green board as well but I don’t find those as easy to work with. If your piece will be indoors then you can choose to work with either a wood or MDF substrate, just make sure you bond it. Glass is a great substrate if you are working with stained glass and looking for a transparent affect. If you are working directly on to a brick or stucco substrate such as a wall or fireplace it is recommended to skim coat your wall first to give a smooth finish to avoid bumps that make it difficult for your tessare to adhere. Stay tuned next month for choosing your tessare.