Bird of Paradise in Stained Glass Mosaic with Yulia Hanansen

Learning to merge nature and art into one beautiful mosaic project

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Are you looking for that perfect course and project to improve your stained glass cutting skills for mosaic art? Are you someone who needs some guidance and instruction to take you further into your mosaic art practice? If you answered yes, then learning from the very talented Yulia Hanansen and her course “Bird of Paradise in Stained Glass Mosaic” is the place to be.

Through working with the majestic Bird of Paradise flower, Yulia will take you step-by-step from choosing the best angle of your image, all the way to grouting with two colors and framing the mosaic. There is so much information packed into this course including hours of footage watching Yulia create in real time. Many people ask us how to create mosaics from nature. Yulia's thorough yet relaxed teaching style will give you the skills to move forward through the creation of many different types of stained glass mosaic art. The Bird of Paradise is just the beginning….

In this course you will learn:

  • How to choose the right image
  • The best substrate and how to prep it
  • How to trace the image onto the substrate
  • How to create balance in your composition
  • How to choose an appropriate color palette in glass
  • How to build a color reference sheet out of the glass
  • How to cut large pieces with Yulia’s stencil technique
  • How to do Yulia’s “Brush-Stroke” cuts
  • How to add direction and flow in the background
  • How to create the perception of the flower coming forward
  • How to grout in two colors with no tape
  • One option for framing your mosaic

This course is great for the beginner with some glass cutting skills all the way to the intermediate. Yulia unpacks so much in-depth content in this course and leaves no stone unturned. After mastering Yulia’s methods, you will have the confidence to cut glass in large and small pieces while creating a Bird of Paradise flower and other colorful parts of nature.

Included in this course is a suggested list of the tools, materials, and resources. Yulia also has provided the watercolor, photograph, and traced image of the bird of paradise for download.



Your Instructor


Yulia Hanansen
Yulia Hanansen

Yulia Hanansen is a second-generation artist. Having mastered many techniques including mosaics, print making, drawing, painting, textiles, and more. Yulia has been professionally involved in mosaic making since 2001. Her Mosaic Sphere Studio, LLC was the first mosaic studio/gallery in the state of Michigan to show and represent mosaic artwork. Her studio is currently located in the charming city of Baltimore, Maryland USA where Yulia works and lives. Mosaics are make for commission, or they can be purchased from a thematically extensive collection of ready-made artworks. Pieces include architectural installations, back splashes, wall art, and public and community projects.

Yulia is a recipient of numerous awards for her mosaic and printmaking art work, including "Best in Show" prize at Mosaic Arts International. Yulia's works have been exhibited in galleries nationwide and internationally: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, Tacoma, San Francisco, San Diego, Mesa, Miami, Dallas, Ann Arbor, Grado, Italy and other locations. Her work has been collected by patrons in the US, Canada, Russia, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Israel, Australia, Italy, South Korea and the South Pole.

Yulia's latest works represent her fascination with themes in nature, climate change, cosmos, and a connection of human beings to it. She is interested in depicting places and natural phenomena that are only noticeable with the help of technology. Her personal and experimental artwork uses layered glass mosaic technique, where glass tiles are glued on top of each other. This technique is about infinity. Like a brush-stroke painting, there is no end to a number of the brush-strokes that can be applied to the work surface. The "Water", "Fire", and "Starscapes" series has been created in this technique. Yulia also has a passion for more earthly subjects such as flowers, landscapes, and close-ups of nature. Yulia teaches mosaic art at Mosaic Arts Online, Learn Fine Arts, the mosaic schools and art establishments throughout the US. In addition to mosaic making Yulia is an adjunct professor at Towson University in Towson, MD.


Course Curriculum


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When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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