Mexican Blanket Mosaic with Tami Macala

Weave some color and texture into your mosaic art!

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Course intro with Tami Macala

Tami shares her many tips and tricks on weaving a mexican blanket mosaic!


Taking up or practicing an art medium should bring you joy and creativity. It should not involve stress, anxiety, or unhappiness. Creating art is about being present in a zone where time stands still and worries slip away.

Tami Macala feels that way when she creates her Mexican Blanket Mosaics.

Now, she has created this online course to allow anyone to drop into that zone, where joy, ease, and gratification are practically guaranteed.

Tami has been refining her Mexican Blanket technique for many years and felt it was time to bring it to the Mosaic Arts Online platform so anyone could learn and create their own version.

Tami has named this technique the Mexican Blanket Mosaic due to its use of Mexican smalti and the woven blanket look it creates.

You will work alongside Tami in this course as she guides you from the blank substrate to the completed piece.

You will learn the following:

  • Tami’s preferred tools, adhesive, and substrate
  • Tami’s technique for prepping the substrate and installing the hanging hardware
  • Mixing the mortar and admix for the correct consistency
  • Understand the unique qualities of Mexican smalti that make it Tami's material of choice
  • Insights into choosing a vibrant color palette with complementary colors that add visual interest
  • How to cut the Mexican smalti, gold, smalti strata glass, and filati
  • Develop skills to compose a balanced and harmonious mosaic
  • Techniques to maintain cohesive spacing when laying down tesserae
  • Discover how to facet the tesserae (glass pieces) to enhance it’s texture
  • Frame your mosaic effectively using negative space, adding a refined look

This course is for any level of artist. Tami teaches a NON-andamento approach and demonstrates how “breaking the line” effectively creates this unique look.

There is no time like now to learn a new technique, dive into your creative zone, and find pure joy and gratification while learning and creating your next mosaic art project.

Tami has included a PDF for downloading of her suggested tools, materials, and resources.



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.

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