Layered Mosaics with Yulia Hanansen

Learn how to create a layered mosaic with stained glass.

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Have you been looking for a way to enhance your knowledge of contemporary mosaic techniques that pushes the boundaries of traditional mosaic art? Then this course is for you! We are so excited to bring this unique and innovative approach for creating mosaic art to our online platform. For the first time, Yulia Hanansen shares her signature technique of layered stained glass mosaic exclusively with Mosaic Arts Online.

In this online course, Yulia starts from the beginning by explaining how to choose the proper image for this process. Once the image is chosen Yulia demonstrates the best substrate for this process and how to transfer the design. Once the design is transferred, she goes in-depth on the different qualities of stained glass and how to choose your color palette. After the color palette is chosen for both the base layer and the layering technique, Yulia demonstrates how to cut the stained glass into elongated brush-stroke cuts and describes the best tools for this process. She will go over how to control your cuts to get the best results for this technique. She will also cover the structural aspects of building up an image in a layered glass technique, and how to produce different effects.

There is so much information in this two and a half hour instructional course, and you will watch Yulia’s hands at work as she completes her piece on camera. You will learn to control the flow of the tesserae, and learn how to stack them up for a relief effect. Mastering this technique can be a very liberating and innovative way to create your own versions of mosaic art.

This course comes with a full downloadable PDF with all the tools, materials and resources to get started.

An important note regarding the adhesive recommended for this online course: Layered glass mosaics glued with Weldbond glue are recommended for the interior spaces only. Weldbond is a strong reliable glue, however it is not waterproof or water resistant and therefore outdoor use is not recommended. Other adhesives such as thin-set mortar have been tested with this technique for the outdoors before, however Yulia only recommends this for freeze-free areas with minimum exposure to the elements. Some techniques are just made for the indoors!


"Absolutely enjoyed this course. Thank you!" Jacalyn C.

Your Instructor

Yulia Hanansen
Yulia Hanansen

Yulia Hanansen is a second-generation artist. Having mastered many techniques including mosaics, printmaking, drawing, painting, textiles, and more, Yulia has been professionally involved in mosaic making since 2001. Her Mosaic Sphere Studio, LLC was the first mosaic studio/gallery in the state of Michigan to show and represent mosaic artwork. Studio is currently located in a charming city of Baltimore, Maryland, USA where Yulia works and lives. Mosaics are made for commission, or they can be purchased from a thematically extensive collection of ready-made artworks. Pieces include architectural installations, back-splashes, wall art, public and community projects.

Yulia is a recipient of numerous awards for her mosaic and printmaking artwork, including "Best in Show" prize at Mosaic Arts International. Yulia's works have been exhibited in the galleries nationwide and internationally: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, Tacoma, San Francisco, San Diego, Mesa, Miami, Dalas, Ann Arbor, Grado, Italy, and other locations. Work has been collected by patrons in the USA, Canada, Russia, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Israel, Australia, Italy, South Korea, and South Pole.

Yulia's latest works represent her fascination with themes of nature, climate change, cosmos, and a connection of human beings to it. She is interested in depicting places and natural phenomena that are only noticeable with the help of technology. Her personal and experimental artwork uses layered glass mosaic technique, where tiles are glued on top of each other. This technique is about the infinity. Like in a brush-stroke painting, there is no end to a number of the brush-strokes that can be applied to the work surface. "Water", "Fire" and "Starscapes" series have been created in this technique. Yulia also has a passion for more earthly subjects such as flowers, landscapes, and close-ups of nature.

Yulia teaches mosaic art at the mosaic schools and art establishments throughout the US. In addition to mosaic-making Yulia is an adjunct printmaking professor at Towson University, Towson, MD.

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?
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