SUBSTRATES: Everything you wanted to know and how to create them with Tami Macala

How to cut and create substrates for mosaic art!

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In this online course, you will learn what a substrate is, learn when and where to best use them, and the different ways to create them. Each section is full of a great deal of information. There is a demonstration on bonding wooden substrates to withstand moisture so your mosaic tesserae won't fall off. You will also learn which tools are the best for cutting certain substrates, how to seal the edges of Wedi board, (or any closed cell foam board) and how to create your own substrates using a variety of materials, including tinted mortar/thin set. There is also a section on how to install hanging hardware on a mortar/thin set and fiberglass mesh substrate, and even a section on how to create an undulated substrate. By learning about proper substrates and their creation, the possibilities for your mosaic art adventures will be endless. There is a printable PDF with all the materials, tools, and resources that will help you collect everything before you start this online course. We all spend a great deal of creative energy and time creating our mosaic art, and we want it to last for as long as possible. Proper use and choice of substrates are an essential part to any mosaic art practice. Learning which materials are needed, and knowing the proper techniques, can be vital to creating your priceless mosaic art. Watch the FREE promo video to get a glimpse of the different substrates you will learn about, and how this course can open more possibilities for your mosaic art practice.

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.


Best $$ I ever spent! I can't wait to create my own mesh substrates - would never had had the inspiration nor courage without this FABULOUS course. Cheers, Rita C.

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