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.

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Your Instructor

Tami Macala
Tami Macala

Tami Macala, founder and owner of Mosaic Arts Online and Create Arts Online, has always had her hand in art. She started out at eleven years old as an oil painter, winning awards throughout Southern California. With a fashion and textile design degree, Tami began a twenty-year career in the movie and television industry as a costumer, dressing leading actors and actresses. Not feeling completely fulfilled as a costumer and the long hours, Tami found a new passion in mosaic art and in true fashion, became a self-taught mosaic artist while continuing her successful career in the entertainment world.

In 2000, Tami started her first company, All Cracked Up Mosaics, creating personal and custom-designed mosaic art commissions for clients all over the US.

In 2009, Tami began teaching mosaic art. She founded her second business, The Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art, teaching her favorite art medium. There, she brought in world-renowned mosaic artists to teach her students, creating a hub of learning and inspiration.

In 2015, Tami retired from the entertainment industry and founded her latest companies, Mosaic Arts Online and Create Arts Online. Tami and her husband, Jerry, now produce online courses with some of the most sought-after artists in mosaic, mixed media, and fine art.

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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