1110 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art



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October 2011   

Well here we are moving into fall and the weather could not be nicer, at least this first weekend of October.  What a nice way to start what is a very exciting time for Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art.  Santa Barbara News Press was kind enough to profile me and SBSMA in a beautiful and colorful two page spread.  Thank you to all the students that took part in that weekend workshop.  During these trying times, I am so grateful to be able to own a small business and do what I love to do.  All of it would not be possible without you the students.  I am so happy to see each student that comes to SBSMA leave with a new appreciation of mosaic art and the experience of knowing they created something that they can decorate their home with or give as a gift.

If you have not had a chance, check out the new SBSMA website and see all the new workshops added as well as the  supply store page with tile colors and prices as well as tools, adhesives and grout.  There will also be a “student works” page coming soon to see all the great pieces being created at SBSMA.   The schedule goes well into winter with more being added soon.  If you have not become of fan on Facebook yet do so, I will be having more specials and promotions every month.     

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


  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  

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

Smalti with Betsy Gallery               Nov. 5th  & 6th                            $195
Beginner Mosaic                               Nov. 12th & 13th                         $145 

Boulder or Garden Sphere             Nov. 19th & 20th                         $185
Beginner Mosaic                               Dec.   3rd & 4th                           $145
Table Top Mosaic                             Dec.  10th & 11th                        $175







Just a few of the latest creations; check out more on the Facebook page  at  

Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art.





 Recent Publicity 

On Sept. 24 the Santa Barbara News Press printed a two page spread on me and SBSMA.  It was a great article thanks to Dave Mason.  The article covered a lot but most importantly it really conveyed how much fun everyone has while making mosaic art.   


 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


If your piece is an interior one now you may want to hang it.   People often ask me what is the best way to hang this because it is so heavy?  Not all pieces are that heavy even though they were made with tile and grout.  The Beginner Mosaic pieces are 12″x12″ and weigh approximately 5 lbs.  The best way to hang this piece is with eye screws and wire.  The 15lb. picture wire packet you can get at the local hardware store work just fine.  It is important you make the screws be perfectly even across your board and that your wire is low enough you don’t see it when you hang the piece on the wall.   Another route to go if the piece is not that heavy is the sawtooth hanger.  This requires only two small nails that should come with the sawtooth hanger kit and a nail in the wall.   You can also use D rings.  This works well if the piece is a little heavier and you want to stabilize it against the wall.

 If you have a heavier piece getting into the 20-30lbs you would want to consider a couple options.  One option is interlocking brackets, they are a newer method for hanging pictures. These hangers do not use picture hooks or wire, but mount one bracket on the frame and one on the wall, with the frame bracket fitting onto the wall bracket. To install the frame bracket, center it on the top back. The lip of the
bracket will slide under the lip of the frame. Nail the bracket in place with nails provided. Then install the wall bracket onto the wall with wall anchors, or screw into studs.  Lastly many people also use the  Z Hanger, another great example of interlocking brackets. Z Hangers are also known as French Cleats.
These are just a few options for putting the finishing touches on all the hard work you have put into creating your mosaic art. 


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

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