Mosaic Arts Online is thrilled to have Erin Pankratz on board and sharing her technical and artistic approach to tinting mortar and making substrates. Erin's signature approach to adding color to her mosaic art has created quite the buzz in the mosaic community. Now that she has brought these color-rich techniques to an online platform, people around the world can learn from her and discover their own style with these skills.
In the promo and the personal interview Erin shares how she got started in mosaics, but more importantly, she describes how these techniques were created and why. Erin's diverse art background shines throughout this online course. Students will learn a variety of art elements, including color balance, a bit of color theory, composition of color, and so much more.
In this course, Erin talks about how and why she likes to use both powder and liquid tints. She explains how to get the proper load ratios when mixing the tints with the mortar, and what mortar she uses and why. You will see up close how much water is needed to get the desirable consistency for the tinted mortar. Erin also teaches her inventive multi-colored, layered, and sometimes textured technique for the underpaintings she uses on her substrates.
This online course is presented in 20 sections which are full of information. It is the same information that is taught throughout her in-person workshop. The benefit of participating in this online course, is that you will have an up-close bird's-eye-view of her hands as she works and teaches. You will also have the luxury of watching the sections repeatedly, as you can stop and restart at any point in the course. Once purchased, this course is yours in perpetuity and you will have unlimited login access.
Note: Erin has a sister course that is the follow up to this one- "Color Everything: How to Create and Mosaic with Dots and Under-paintings". If you are interested in learning how Erin creates her tinted mortar dots and uses her thin tesserae “sticks” in her mosaic work, and you would like the full experience of both courses, there is a bundle option available. Click this link to take you directly there! https://mosaicartsonline.com/p/bundle-course-color...
“I was thrilled with the whole process. From the mixing colors to the layering and finally the carving into thinset to release the surprises underneath. I will use this technique in my future projects! Jill K.
"All of my work culminates from the many different techniques I have studied and have been exposed to my whole life: weaving, dying, printmaking, drawing, painting, casting, sculpting, and mosaic. My work always has an element of time, marking changes, and shifting perspectives. The work is not a suspension of one moment in time, but the accumulation of moments within one piece. Using seemingly meandering lines of individually cut coloured tile woven together to create layers of meaning throughout my work."
"I wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed the on line classes. I've been a Mosaic Hobbyist for a long time but am working to take it further. Having classes on line has been great. I get to learn from different Mosaic Artists in my own home. I look forward to see what/who you have next. I've learned a lot of the basics from your classes and different techniques from all of the artists. It's a great investment to me. It's every interesting and I'm learning a lot." Connie A.