1109 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art



School of

Mosaic Art


September 2011   


Not sure I am ready to jump into the fall season so I am going to do my best to soak up as much of this summer as I possibly can.  Meanwhile Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art is hitting new heights.  With over 400 people on the mailing and more
and more “likes” on the Facebook page word is getting out.  I am proud to announce that Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art will be a featured story in the “life” section of the Santa Barbara News Press at the end of September.  Stay tuned for the exact date.      

SBSMA will also be getting a website face lift with more pages about new workshops , student work as well as all the supplies available at the SBSMA supply store.
If you bought a Groupon for a Beginner workshop check the schedule and sign up soon as more and more workshops are filling to capacity.  

Also back by popular demand the Smalti Workshop with guest teacher Betsy Gallery. Check dates below.   

Don’t hesitate come join the fun and learn the art of mosaic while creating your own piece of art!



      Remember if you are on Facebook don’t forget to “LIKE” the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art group!

All workshop descriptions are available at




Class Schedule   

Beginner  Mosaic Workshop        Sept. 10th & 11th (sold out)      $145
Mushroom concrete sandcasting  Sept. 17th & 18th                        $165 

Smalti Workshop (guest teacher)  Oct.     1st & 2nd                         $195*
*(additional materials fee)  

Beginner  Mosaic Workshop
        Oct.     8th & 9th  (sold out)       $185

Boulder or Garden Sphere             Oct.  22nd & 23rd                        $185

Table Top                                          Oct.  29th & 30th                          $175   



 denise tableholly table


Here are a couple of the mosaic table’s completed in the Table Top

workshop.  The one of the left has been grouted, one on the right photo before grouting.   

To see more go to the Facebook page for Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art.



Examples of Mushroom Concrete Sandcasting Workshop
In two weeks Sept. 17th & 18th

For more details on this and other workshops visit  the SBSMA website







 Recent Publicity 

Stay tuned for the exact date of the Santa Barbara News Press article on Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art.

Looking forward to a small write up in the “805 Living” magazine.  Keep an eye out for the article on Mosaic Artist Dan Chrykno with a small piece on SBSMA. 


 LAB punch card
SBSMA LAB punch card.  For every 10 hours of LAB time you get the 11th hour free.  Students are loving their punch cards and getting their free hours. 

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. More new colors added to the tile collection as well as stained glass. There are new tools stocked up as well as nippers, files, adhesives and grouts.  Just added are Leponitt brand mosaic wheel nippers for $28.95. 


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 this month there will be an additional 10% off all supplies and tiles at the time of your workshop.  


 Tips and Techniques



Now that you have grouted your piece the next step depends on if your piece is to be an interior or an exterior one.  If it is interior you can consider yourself done,  pat yourself on the back for a job well done and enjoy all the compliments you will receive from it’s beauty in your home.  If you have an exterior piece you have one more step, sealing the grout.  The job of the grout sealer is to keep out moisture and stains.  Mostly as a mosaic artist I care about keeping the moisture out so the tesserae does not stand a chance of ever popping off. 

There are two schools of thought for sealing grout.  Some very well known and accomplished mosaic artists believe you don’t need to seal your piece because the grout is like a breathing organic material and to seal it will not allow it to do so and can trap in moisture, which grout sealing is meant to keep out.

I, and many other mosaic artists believe that sealing a piece for exterior use is important.   

You want to make sure the grout on your piece has cured or dried for a minimum of 48 hours.  Once that has occurred you will want to clean your art of any dust or dirt.  Then using a tile grout sealer (available at most hardware stores),  and a clean and hardly damp sponge, soak the sponge with  the sealer,  then begin to apply the grout sealer very generously.  It is ok to get the sealer on the tesserae but more importantly get the sealer into all the interstices or grout joints.  Once the piece is covered using a clean dry rag begin to buff your art work.  The sealer can leave a film like residue on the tesserae so make sure to really rub each piece of tesserae  well.  If you live in a very damp area that gets a lot of rain you may want to do a second coat of sealer which can be added 30 minutes after your first coat.     

Your mosaic is now complete and you too can enjoy the compliments on a job well done. 

If you are hanging your piece stay tuned next month for tips on proper hanging for mosaic art. 


Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art / tami@allcrackedupmosaics.com / Santa Barbara, California 93111 / 805.703.4291

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