Mosaics are magical in the garden - they sparkle in rain and glint in sunshine and provide colour all the year around. These mosaic balls look grand mounted alongside blooms or intrigue peeping out from the undergrowth - and they float, making them perfect for water features!
Watch and enjoy a 25 minute demo of making the mosaic balls, - no need to line up your materials at this stage. A few tips and you'll be sticking your ball ornaments in no time. And don't imagination your skills will be limited to only this project - the skills are transferrable to mosaic making in general, a lifetime of creating beautiful things for your house or garden.
Guidance is provided on shaping and placing the tiles, creating a keystone, which is the foundation of much mosaic work. Shaping your tiles is essential to accommodate the spherical shape of a ball (but don't forget there are also designs that do not require any cutting at all).
The making of four alternative designs is shown, (the options are endless), filmed completely from beginning to end using timelapse. To finish there is a demonstration of dry grouting (no water or sponges). All in all, it's easily achievable for anyone!
Balls that are made without cutting any tiles make a perfect activity for children, including parties, watch the video and read the recommendations for this.
I have appeared on ITV's 'Love Your Garden', written a book, 'Stylish Mosaics' and as well as running classes locally for the last 15 years, I have had online presence for the last 18 months, I also make and sell ceramic pieces for inclusion in mosaic art, (an easy way to get started).
Videos to support teaching, notes, advice about materials.
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Mosaic materials, nippers - approx £30 for materials, £20 for nippers. - but watch first and enjoy choosing them later.
This course is taught online
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Anne has created easy-to-follow online videos for each aspect of the making of mosaic garden decorative ball ornaments and as we currently cannot go out to attend courses etc, it’s been great to learn at home. Lots of visual support along with the resources and where to find them. Thank you Anne 👍
Response from Making Mosaics:Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review Lorna, like everyone else I am not able to go out, and I'm not seeing my weekly 'face to face' students (except on zoom), so it's good to hear these comments. If you would like to try another course please contact me and I'll send you a discount code, as a thank you. regards, Anne
If you’re looking for something different to try this is a great choice. Anne’s instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The project soon starts to take shape and it’s really satisfying to complete something within a short time frame. The balls are really pretty and look great
in the garden. They have been much admired and prove a real talking point when people see them. I’ve loved this course.
Response from Making Mosaics:Thanks Clarice - good to hear!
I think this is a brilliant course for anyone who wants to try their hand at mosaics. The balls are quick to make and with Anne’s clear Instructions and helpful tips you will soon get the hang of it. The balls are beautiful - you can make them in your favourite colours and dot them around your garden for a stunning effect. Perfect for all-year colour and interest and no watering required!
Response from Making Mosaics:Thanks sue, lovely review.
I think Anne's courses either in the classroom or online are very inspiring. I started 5 years ago and have not looked back, Anne is so encouraging and has great patience.
When lockdown started and Anne's online classes started I found it just as easy to follow as being in the classroom, the only thing I missed was her making the tea and the splendid banter of the classroom.
Anne brings out the creativity in us all.
Response from Making Mosaics:Thanks Rita - I'll make you a cuppa one day when we get together again - I'm glad you are able to join in online!
As a complete beginner I was unsure I would be able to create anything worthwhile but I thoroughly enjoyed Anne's class and am so pleased I went on the course. In fact I returned to two more classes to continue with my A4 project which I have now completed at home. I was very impressed with seeing the work others in the Friday class were doing and am keen to start another project. My grandchildren aged 4 and 7 both want me to help them make a mosaic for them so I guess that will be the next project. Thanks Anne.
I've been meaning to do one of Anne's Mosaic courses for ages now and I absolutely loved it. She gave detailed instructions and was on hand with any queries and advice. The studio was a great space to be creative in. I feel confident that I can now continue it at home. It's just about making the time for it!
Response from Making Mosaics:Yes life is littered with good intentions! But you have now nearly completed a lovely mosaic - that will also be useful to your own business!
A great day, having made a couple of things at home after seeing a mosaic mirror in a shop, it was good to have Anne advise how it should be done! Wonderful selection of materials that I could have spent hours looking at. Have finished the picture I made in the class and can’t wait to make something else.
Will send a picture of my mosaic when I have framed it.
Response from Making Mosaics:Thanks Lesley - I look forward to seeing it. Glad to hear you finished already - good going!!
As complete beginners we thoroughly enjoyed the course. Friendly group and Anne was very encouraging and has years of experiance. Great selection of materials. We were able to bring home enough tiles and grout to finish our masterpiece!!! Thanks so much Anne.
Response from Making Mosaics:Thank you - I'm glad you enjoyed it and happy big birthday (when it comes) and may you continue in your aspiration to try lots of new things to mark the event. Enjoy your masterpieces!
I thoroughly enjoyed the two afternoons that I attended Anne's classes. Everyone was welcoming and friendly. Some of the people are so incredibly talented and they really gave me an idea of what I could achieve with a lot of practice. Anne took time to show me different methods and techniques as well as tutoring me from scratch with the basics so that I felt I really achieved something in the two afternoons. If only I lived closer I would be there every week!
I have loved doing mosaics in Anne Cardwell's workshops, learning new things in a friendly small group setting. Anne is onw of those outstanding teachers who can have a group of people all working on very different mosaic projects/pictures and can advise and guide each person in an empowering way. It did not take long to get completely hooked!
I’ve been going to Anne’s classes for about 12 years- not every week but regularly.
I enjoy the sessions, love the mosaic skills that I’ve learned and it’s a fun way to spend time with other creative girls (and occasional men). We do such different projects and fresh ideas are all around us.
Anne is a great inspiration to us , helping us with design and technical advice and encouragement when needed (and she also keeps the cups of coffee/tea coming)
A wonderful way to spend my spare time- thoroughly recommend it!
I’ve attended several of Anne’s courses - and they are EXCELLENT!
Anne has a wonderful sense of humour and makes the classes such a warm and inviting experience . Whatever your level of expertise you could not fail to come away having learnt something new - and of course a wonderful piece of artwork!
Anne does not try to impose her creative style and encourages you to explore and creat your own. Wholeheartedly recommend !
Response from Making Mosaics:Thanks Bev - are you still creating your beautiful detailed pieces I wonder?
As somebody with no previous experience I started Anne's classes a few months ago. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed as is Anne's teaching style. Mosaic making is so enjoyable and absorbing, the hours pass quickly, more classes booked for next month.
Response from Making Mosaics:Martyn you take the prize for the neatest ever student - I have never been able to make as precise cuts as you do - so we are all still learning!
I love Making Mosaics classes on fridays. Whilst fairly new to the class I felt welcome and soon got inspired by seeing what the other students were working on. Anne is extremely patient and kind and as well as giving good advice and helping you when you are stuck or unsure, she also makes a wonderful cuppa keeping our creativity going and has a great sense of humour. She makes you feel welcome and at home. The other students are fun and very friendly and the time whizzes by far too quickly!
Driving home after the class I always feel stimulated after working intensely with colour and shape with the incredible variety of mosaic materials Anne offers on her courses. Working with mosaics seems to help make me view the colours and textures of the landscape in a different way and I cannot wait for the next week's class!
Response from Making Mosaics:Thanks Janey - nice review - appreciated.
I love my Friday mornings! Anne is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about mosaics and mosaicing and her classes are inspiring.
Anne’s classes are great! Anne is so talented at mosaic-making. She’s a patient teacher and her classes always have a lovely atmosphere. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours and I love it!
Response from Making Mosaics:Thanks Jo - you have to be patient with mosaic!
Anne is a great teacher, gives plenty of help to novices (like me) with creative ideas but little knowledge on how to execute them (like me). Super friendly group of ladies (men are welcome too!). Highly recommend.
Anne is a great teacher, very happy to help out with novices (like me) with great creative ideas but little idea on how to execute them (like me). Very chilled atmosphere and super friendly hobby mosaicists who happen all to be ladies. (Maybe making mosaics appeals more to women?) Highly recommend.
I am a relative new member of the Mosaic class but have thoroughly enjoyed my Friday mornings. Initially I just booked one class to see if I could cope. I am now on my third project. Rather ambitiously I am covering a small coffee table. I took my very first piece of mosaic to a professional framer and he told me it was very good. I thought he was just being kind but he was genuinely impressed with the quality of the work. Anne is an excellent teacher and will offer guidance if needed.
Response from Making Mosaics:From a tentative start you are becoming most ambitious! It's great to see how you have progressed!
Making Mosaics is addictive. I’ve been attending classes for a few years now and really enjoy my time with Anne and the Friday ladies. I’m not especially good at the projects I try to do but everyone is so encouraging and helpful it doesn’t seem to matter what my attempts are like. There is always someone with an idea to help.
Friday is my favourite day of the week now! Anne’s mosaic classes are fun, friendly and full of expert one-on-one help. The great thing is you don’t need any artistic ability to produce gorgeous mosaics you can be proud of. Fab choice of materials to choose from (the biscuits are pretty good too).
Response from Making Mosaics:But YOU have lots of artistic ability Sue and it does show! Thanks for being such a loyal class member, Anne
I have been attending Anne's class for over 5yrs now - it's addictive! The classes are very relaxed, with expert tuition from Anne. From the outset you can be creative and learn new skills at your own pace. Like myself, a lot of the attendees are quite proficient mosaicers now and also work at home, but still enjoy the stimulus of working in a group, sharing experiences and feedback, and being introduced to new matetials and techniques. Mosaicing is an opportunity to be absorbed in an activity and completely lose yourself for a few hours, no distractions. I could not recommend Amne's highly enough!!
Response from Making Mosaics:You've certainly been hooked! Your work is amazing! Thanks for such a kind review.
Makings mosaics has been one of my most enjoyable craft experiences. Anne has a wonderful gift for making you feel relaxed whilst teaching you a new skill.
A great way to meet new people in comfortable and welcoming surroundings.
Hoping to do more classes later in the year.
Response from Making Mosaics:you are always welcome here Rosie - you've always made the most attractive things - but somehow I don't seem to have many photos of them!