Mixed Media Mosaic Mandalas with Laurie Mika

Focus on the center to find your peace

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Mandalas are geometric configurations of symbols, and they can mean many different things to people. Some define mandalas as: a circular geometric symbol of the universe in its ideal form, with the artistic creation signifying the transformation of the universe from suffering to joy.

Mandalas can bring a sense of peace and wholeness through their geometric shapes, and they can be a spiritual aid for finding peace through meditation.

There are few rules on how to create a mandala, and they can be done so in many mediums as a form of self expression. Mosaic Arts Online is thrilled to present this online course with world renowned artist Laurie Mika. Laurie brings over 30 years of art experience to this course and shares her love of mosaic art and polymer clay.

In this course you will learn:

  • Laurie’s favorite substrate
  • How to prep two substrates with different backdrops
  • How to use stencils on polymer clay for unlimited design effects
  • How to create proportioned layers of the mandala
  • Laurie’s signature techniques for altering the surface of the clay
  • How to embed glass tesserae and mosaic pieces into the clay
  • How to create unique elements that can be added to the mandala
  • How to bake the clay
  • How to assemble the mandala

Through over 40 sections of information, Laurie shares all of her tips and tricks for successfully creating mixed media mosaic mandalas. This course is for anyone looking to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece of art, and there is no experience necessary. Once you have learned Laurie’s techniques, the sky’s the limit on how to create your own artistic version of these beautiful and colorful mandalas.

Included in this course is a PDF for download with a suggested list of tools, materials, and resources as well as Laurie’s “Technique Guide” for her process.

Not sure if you can see my mandala that I did. I just finished it today and love the way it came out! I think this course was a blast and I learned so much about polymer clay and the mixed media approach that Laurie Mika used in this project. Looking forward to her other courses.

Gail K.

Your Instructor

Laurie Mika
Laurie Mika

Laurie Mika is an artist, author and instructor. Over the last two and a half decades, Laurie‘s mixed media mosaic and assemblage work using polymer clay has evolved into an original and easily recognizable style. Her unique approach combines handmade polymer clay tiles with beads, jewelry pieces, charms, glass tile, hand cast resin pieces and found objects. She feels very fortunate to be able to combine her love of travel and passion for art through teaching at art retreats. She has taught across the States as well as in France, Israel, Australia and Mexico.

Laurie’s work has been published in countless magazines and books. She is the author of the highly regarded book, Mixed Media Mosaics, that was published by North Light Books in 2007. Laurie has appeared on both HGTV’s, That’s Clever and on DIY’s, Craft Lab. Recently, Laurie was featured on a new PBS series, Make It Artsy.

Laurie’s work has been shown in galleries in San Diego, Laguna Beach and Los Angeles including La Luz de Jesus and the Hive Gallery. She is currently represented by Pop Gallery in Santa Fe. She has also exhibited many times in the prestigious Mosaic Arts International juried exhibition, winning Best in Show at Mesa Contemporary Arts in Arizona. Laurie’s work hangs in private collections here and abroad.

Course Curriculum

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