Head Planter Mosaic with Karen Kingsbury

Everything you need to know to create your very own mixed media garden art.

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Mosaic Arts Online is delighted to welcome Karen Kingsbury to the studio to present her unique and highly sought after mixed media garden art course, “Head Planter Mosaic with Karen Kingsbury.”

Starting with a simple styrofoam base, Karen will walk you through each step necessary to create your own unique personal planter. You are the designer! Karen provides the tips and techniques to help you bring your vision to life. You will learn how to hollow out the planter, create drainage, and apply mesh and cement to build a solid substrate.

Next she will describe how to mosaic the eyes, mouth and other features, with individual sections on creating realistic hair and skin tones, and using the direction of tesserae for advantageous effect. Then she will cover decorating the base with cups, dishes and other media for the clothing, collars and buttons to really personalize your creation.

Karen is a big fan of Apoxie Sculpt to hold tesserae in place, move around, and keep everything clean. She will explain how to best use this material and how to grout your finished piece to create a weather resistant sculpture for your garden or outdoor space. Once you have completed this course the options are limitless in creating your very own whimsical mosaic head planter for your garden.

A PDF list of tools, materials, and resources, is provided and available for download.


Your Instructor


Karen Kingsbury
Karen Kingsbury

Karen has always loved to make and experiment with garden art. A native Californian, she has lived abroad for 10 years in two very different settings: Nicaragua in Central American and the Marshall Islands in Micronesia, teaching English to children and adults, while learning new cultures and languages.

Her creative interest took a back seat to being a full-time single mom, and while her two boys grew up back in the States, she earned two degrees in English as a Second/Foreign Language. At San Francisco State she became the Director of New Student Programs and for 25 years helped students and families prepare for degrees, and designed and implemented a successful peer counseling program.

While working as an educator, experimenting in the garden was always her happy place. Mixing mediums and working with cement, wood, clay, jewelry, and painting lead her naturally to mosaics. At the point she retired from the university, she was finally able to launch a business and make art full time. She turned her home into a creative space and wakes each day to make more art! She approaches her art from a whimsical lens. It makes her happiest to people react to her pieces with joy and laughter. Currently she teaches her style of mosaics in Modesto, California continuing to find ways to mix it up in mosaics.


Course Curriculum


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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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