How to Create Vertical Installations for Mosaic Art with Tami Macala

Learn techniques to create a successful vertical mosaic art installation.

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In this very comprehensive online course, students will learn all the steps to create a vertical mosaic art installation. Tami will walk you through all the steps it takes from beginning to end using the fiberglass mesh technique. Tami has over 15 years of experience using this technique on a variety of substrates. There are over 40 sections included in this course. They include: what type of substrates are appropriate, what is necessary to prepare them for a successful installation whether interior or exterior, how to create a design, and how to work in a manageable size depending on if you are working alone or with a team. Tami explains which is the best fiberglass mesh to use for this technique and why. There are sections on how to mix the proper thin set/mortar choices, and what is the best consistency for vertical applications as well. There is also a section on how to skim coat a wall properly to prepare it for a vertical installation.

This video also includes sections on how to merge two parts of the same mosaic design using register marks. This is not a full mural installation course, but it does cover the same techniques if students are interested in that skill. There are sections on how to cut and work with both low and high fire ceramic tiles, and Tami describes the variety of cutting tools used with ceramic tiles. If you are looking to work in other tesserae other than ceramic tile, Tami explains the different types that can be used as an alternative in your project.

Tami teaches three different techniques on grouting, including beveling an edge for a single element mosaic installation. She also includes a bonus section on working with epoxy grout. Each section is filmed from above Tami's hands to give the student a very clear view of the techniques. Once purchased, this online video can be accessed as often as needed for the life of the 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~

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.


A big shout out to Mosaic Arts Online and Tami Zweig Macala and her Vertical Installations video course That gave me the courage to tackle this project. Really it was not difficult at all!! Check it out!! Bonnie L.

"Tami, thank you for this wonderful course. I have learned a lot. You have been extremely thorough and you did not leave anything out. I have been planning to do the back splash in my kitchen and I feel that I have all the tools and information that I need to go ahead with this project! Thanks again." Esther B.

I was asked to show some pictures of my cat on the concrete wall outside as soon as it‘s finished. It was really quite a challenge! I first took the online course of Tami Zweig Macala which was very helpful to learn how to install a Mosaic outside and then I started with my project Uschi S.

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