Mighty Mosaics on Small Substrates with Tami Macala

Small and achievable mosaics that leave you feeling gratified

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Course intro with Tami Macala

Tami shares her mosaic art tips and tricks for working quickly, efficiently and with an impact on a small substrate!

Imagine taking a small substrate, using your favorite materials, and creating a “Small But Mighty” mosaic. You are probably asking what does “Small But Mighty” actually mean. To Tami Macala, it means creating something small with intention and gratification. In this course Tami shares how to make a mosaic art project efficiently, but with great quality. She will describe how they can be made small and still have a large impact. She will also address how they can cost less to make, yet still feel like a piece of beautiful craftsmanship.

We all know that creating mosaic art is not “quick art.” Each piece of tesserae is chosen, cut, trimmed, and placed which takes a great deal of time and execution. Would you like to learn to create a small piece that is satisfying and can be done in a fraction of the time it takes to create something large? Tami has created this course to teach you how to use basic art elements while creating a piece with beauty and quality.

In this course you will learn:

  • Why small but mighty can be so gratifying
  • Tami’s favorite substrates, tools, and materials
  • How to use admix with your mortar
  • How to cut large pieces of Mexican smalti aka Tortillas
  • How to create balance on a small substrate using small, medium, and large pieces
  • Why you do not have to cover your whole substrate with tesserae
  • How to create simple lines in a small space
  • How to repair a substrate after pulling up pieces that don’t work
  • How to finish a small but mighty mosaic

You will watch and learn as Tami creates a six by six mosaic: from choosing her substrate, to adding the last piece of tesserae. Tami shares many techniques throughout this course that can be used in other mosaic art projects. Once you learn Tami’s methods you will have the skills and confidence to create countless “Small But Mighty” mosaics to add to your collection.

Included in this course is a PDF for download with all of the suggested tools, materials, and resources.

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~

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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