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Create A Shrine Substrate with Tami Macala

Learn how to make an exterior grade substrate

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Have you been looking for a unique and creative project for your mosaic art work? Have you looked for a substrate that is functional, weather proof, and can be created over and over again? If you answered yes, we have the project for YOU!

Tami Macala will teach you how to create her unique Shrine Substrate. Many people have asked Tami how she creates the shrines that hang in her home or that she gives as gifts. Now she will share that process with you at Mosaic Arts Online.

Tami will take you step-by-step through how to create an exterior grade shrine substrate using a limited amount of tools and materials.

Tami will share her foolproof method for creating these unique substrates, and once you have learned her techniques you will be able to apply them to any shape you like.

She will start with how to cut the Wedi board with both a blade and jigsaw (you can choose) and then how to construct the shrine shape. Next she will share her favorite tips and tricks for sticking the alkali resistant fiberglass mesh onto the board. Lastly, she will demonstrate how to successfully apply the thin set over the mesh. There is a bonus section as well!

Creating shrines became a creative and fun way for Tami to make gift giving easy and personal. Many of Tami’s close friends and family have a shrine in their home to light a candle on, place a flower or offering on the shrine shelf.

You too can create a Shrine Substrate for adding your mosaic art. There is a PDF with the suggested tools, materials, and resources for this course.

Shrine Substrate
Tami's Shrine Substrate. Tami does not teach how to mosaic the shrine in this course.


Your Instructor


Tami Macala
Tami Macala

Tami has been a mosaic artist for over 20 years. Tami has created high end custom large scale commissions since 2000 and has her work installed all over the world.

Tami began teaching mosaic art in 2009, when she founded Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art. Tami loves to share her years of experience and mosaic knowledge with enthusiastic and creative students.

In 2016 Tami launched Mosaic Arts Online, allowing mosaic art enthusiasts from all over the world to learn how to create mosaic art. She loves that more people now can learn from her without having to leave the comfort of their studio. In each course Tami teaches, she wants her students to feel they have more confidence when creating their own style of mosaic art.

Most importantly just have fun~


Frequently Asked Questions


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.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

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