Mosaics.Gallery Newsletter March 2017

Mosaic Class, Awanui

You can now sign up & pay for the Mosaic Class in Awanui, held over three Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9pm, on the 19th, 26th and 3rd of May.

You will design, create and grout your own mosaic wall hanging and learn about materials, tools, basic skills, creative inspiration and finishing touches.

Mosaics.Gallery will supply all materials (although you are welcome to add/bring your own if there is something in particular you want to incorporate) and equipment (some of the tools will be shared), as well as coffee, tea and snacks. Click here for more details and to secure your spot. There are 7 places available.

HOW TO - think outside the box

While it is nice to go to the tile shop and buy a few shiny sheets of glass tesserae, it is great to think outside the box. There is a comprehensive list of potential materials and objects to include on the website "Recycled Mosaic Art" : :
It might be necessary to somehow seal those items when you embed them in your artwork, because they may be porous and could suffer scratching during the grouting process. Often coating them with a brush dipped in PVA glue, 50% diluted with water (or, for extra protection and shine, used undiluted) is all you need to do. PVA dries clear and is cheap and non-toxic.


Manganui Waterfront Festival : : 1 April 2017

Visit me at the Mosaic.Gallery stall during the Manganui Waterfront Festival on the 1st of April. I will be displaying and selling my work from 11am - 5pm and it would be nice to see you there and talk mosaics!

An unusual case of plagiarism

The first time it dawned on me that my mosaics might have potential beyond my own narcissistic admiration and the sweet though biased encouragement of friends and family, was when I read a newspaper article about unusual letterboxes, in which the woman who had commissioned me to create a mosaic letterbox for her, confidently stated it was her work. It had taken her a lot of planning and 3 months to complete!

Keep Reading

View or buy Elizabeth Atkins-Hood and Elizabeth Joy Bell's book at Bookdepository

Look out for this mosaic book produced on Aotearoa/New Zealand soil

Elizabeth Atkins-Hood and Elizabeth Joy Bell show any aspiring or more advanced mosaicist that if you can think it, you can make it! They show you on every page that nothing is too wild or crazy or colourful or eccentric, and how to go about the technicalities of achieving similar results with your mosaic artworks.

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