What a great last session we all had at the Intermediate mosaics class on Tuesday evening. 5 out of 6 were ready to grout their mosaics and do some finishing touches. I made a template using warm and cool colors of stained glass and white and black grout giving them a visual to help them decide what grout to use on their mosaics. The photos of the frames the students made can be seen next the blog post as well as on flickr under the folder “WORKSHOPS 2010”: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mosaic_queen2008/sets/.

I’ve spent 5 weeks with most of them starting with the basics coasters class and then the intermediate class right after that and it’s been a wonderful experience. My daughter once again assisted me and saw them getting into the zone while working on their mosaics as I did. It is a fantastic experience to share the love of mosaics in this way! I’m very fortunate to be able to do this. Next month there will be an Open House at the school where the class was held and hopefully most if not all of them will bring their finished mosaics to it to show what can be accomplished in 3 weeks. The new semester is in February 2011. Both the basics coasters class and intermediate frame class will once again be offered. I can’t wait!!

in the zone

concentrating while grouting


template side A

template side B

The stained glass was flying in the studio over the weekend (metaphorically speaking of course) and I finished gluing Mr M the crescent moon, grouted Just Warming Up and a vase/candle holder and finally, glued some great shades of green stained glass on a glass plate that was once a plain glass candle holder.

Mr M - not yet grouted

Just Warming Up

vase/candle holder


All will be available soon for purchase through Etsy and ArtFire.

Monday’s Etsy Treasury will be based on the busy upcoming shopping frenzy entitled “Great Gifts $50 or Less”. As usual, 16 featured items will be shown and hopefully help those who may need an idea for a nice gift. The items I’ve found are of good quality and not a lot of money. You don’t have to spend a lot to get something nice for someone! And the added bonus that most are handmade is a wonderful gift to give.