Car boot sales, thrift stores, junk or charity shops, garage sales, in every part of the world someone is disposing of old china - beautiful patterns and forgotten designs will bring your work to life in a way that manufactured tiles cannot do. Incorporating china into mosaic work is a great way to start off in mosaic without any investment in tiles at all, and it's easy to do at home if you follow this easy instruction online.
A few tips and you'll be sticking your pots in no time. If you don't have a huge stack of china to hand, there are some suggestions here to help you pick out some additional materials to add to your projects.
These are really great starter projects for new makers and they are quick to complete with no great financial outlay. It includes a several easily achievable designs ideas for small, easy to source, terracotta pots - perhaps there is something suitable to cover at home already, an empty tin can or perhaps an old vase or container from the thrift store. These projects also make great and inexpensive gifts, with genuine heart! There is also a whole section of general teaching, cutting, sticking, laying tiles, all about materials, tools and grouting.
If you break something precious or sentimental, don't throw it away - use the parts to make a useful and attractive mosaic to be treasured.
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.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
Videos show you mosaic art made piece by piece. Lessons on tools, techniques, materials and grouting - the whole procedure from beginning to end. Easy step by step, with lessons to download in slideshow format for easy reference. No question is left unanswered!
Support via dedicated Facebook page, email and the course has a responsive contact box on each page.
View the course in your own time, as many times as you want, for as long as you want.
At first just watch, nothing is required - if you would like to have a go you will need tiles and nippers - buy Leponitts, widely available, about £25. Advice on suppliers/materials given, including 'recipes'.
This course is taught online
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My experience with Anne was in her online class. She was so organized and easy to follow. I live in the States so I hope she does more online classes.
Thank you, Anne.
Response from Making Mosaics:In the pipeline..... thanks for your nice comment. Anne.
Anne’s course is a beautiful gateway towards developing and enhancing a new skill. Her lessons online are very patient, descriptive, easy to follow and suitable for both beginners and those who are looking to learn more. Every lesson is crafted in a good sequence, providing details of suppliers and material.
One of the best things I like about Anne is her involvement with her students and responding to the queries in a very short time. Not only does she respond to what is asked but also guides and encourages. This made me feel valued and inclusive as she is very much part of your development. I really learned a lot from her ‘cutting techniques’. Finally, If I hadn’t come across Anne’s course, lockdown would have turned into a nightmare! Thank you Anne! 😊
Response from Making Mosaics:Oh Sneha - thanks so much, it's been lovely 'meeting' all you guys, without mosaic lockdown would have been a nightmare, I'm so lucky I moved my studio back to my home 2 years ago or I would have been stranded without my 'stuff'. Thanks for taking the time to comment and I'm so glad mosaic has enhanced your life.
Anne is an absolutely amazing teacher! I am a relative beginner. I only started doing mosaics just last year, but hadn't done any in several months, so I needed a refresher. Anne's style is perfect for beginners and seasoned artists alike. She is personable, gives clear instructions, and she is incredibly talented! I have watched many YouTube videos on various aspects of making mosaics, but none even approach the accessibility and professionalism of Anne's courses. I am a very visual learner, so the ability to watch a segment, pause the video, try the technique myself, and watch again if I need to is key. Anne encourages learners to develop their own styles, which I greatly appreciate. The only thing I can imagine that would be better than her online classes is being in her studio! Maybe someday. In the meantime, my thanks to Anne for giving me just the encouragement I needed in these difficult times!
Response from Making Mosaics:Thank you so much, it's really fantastic to hear I'm doing it right - you were a beginner at a mosaic I was a beginner at making lessons - I've improved and Im sure you have too - thank you for your encouragement. Yes times have been difficult and i think I couldn't get through it without making something every day to lift my spirits, i hope others feel that too. x
I really enjoyed this course because I learned so much. I have since paid for another course of yours and will no doubt sign up for more.
Response from Making Mosaics:THANK YOU Dolores - working on it!
I knew of Anne Cardwell having done a one day course a few years ago which I thoroughly enjoyed but never going any further whilst working full time. When I realised Anne did online courses I didn't hesitate to join. I am so glad I did as the course has been brilliant, easy to understand, informative and seeing other people's projects, has been inspiring. There are so many things I want to make - I've always loved mosaics and I know now I've found a hobby I should have continued with 10 years ago. Thank you Anne, you are a brilliant teacher.
Response from Making Mosaics:Thank you so much Julie - I thought teaching online would be impersonal but I've interacted with old friends/students and loved hearing how you are all getting along. I never tire of making mosaics, I had to make it into a job!!
Thank you Anne, for making your courses available online at this time. I first attended 2 of your courses in person many years ago and LOVED everything to the extent that I got my own tools and tiles and I was off, making my own designs and exploring different styles! However over time, I did less and less mosaicing and felt I had forgotten what I had learned, and lost confidence. Lockdown brought me back to your classes, this time online, and I am off again, with new skills, fresh ideas, and a renewed enthusiasm for this amazing and absorbing form of art. Your videos are SO clear and helpful (very skillful teaching) and you have responded to my queries so quickly. Thank you again.
Response from Making Mosaics:Hi Reni, great to hear you are back in the fold... and I hope you are enjoying experimenting with my new tiles which you collected contact free from my front garden! Anne
Loved this course. Was a real boon during lockdown. Clear concise guidance and with a lovely sense of calm. Really enjoyed the videos and everything was accessible and reasonable to find material wise. 😊
Response from Making Mosaics:Thanks Audrey!
I am so glad I found this website - I am a complete beginner to the world of mosaic art and found the instructions clear & concise. Anne’s teaching method is excellent, she is very skilled and imparts her knowledge in a friendly and easy to understand format. The absolute best online mosaic site I have found - have recommended it to many. Thank you so much Anne!
Response from Making Mosaics:Thank you so much Alison. Kind words.
Learning with Anne Cardwell has enabled me to create some mosaic pieces that look great, even as a beginner. She has a very encouraging teaching style, makes everything very accessible and achievable.
Response from Making Mosaics:Thanks Dr Gilly!!
Anne is a lovely teacher and explains the methods clearly. She has skillfully created and offered a great online course which answers many of the questions that people ask and wonder about. If you are new to mosaic or have some experience there is something to learn in her classes. I recommend them highly and I look forward to the next one.
Response from Making Mosaics:Thank you - I hope to answer the questions before people have even asked them! It took so long to learn all this stuff pre internet, which has made mosaic such an accessible art form - it even used to be quite hard to get hold of materials. Yes more courses coming Claire.... thanks for your interest and review.
Anne's courses have introduced me to the amazing world of mosaic art. Her guidance is clear and detailed giving you all the information you need to get started and progress with this wonderful form of art. The lessons are easy to follow and its great to be able to review the online lessons whenever you want. Thank you Anne.
Response from Making Mosaics:Thank you Heather - yes and you can download them and print them out too for easy reference. Thanks for the review. Hope you are keeping well!
I took Anne's course just before the lockdown started. It was so great to have her videos and instructions. I have had a great time making variations of her designs and I have learned a lot. A great teacher and the videos are such good reference!
Response from Making Mosaics:Thanks Cathy - seems like a long time ago already! Glad you are continuing to make and referring to the course. There's lots of ideas on there for more projects.
Mosaicing is a great hobby and Anne is an excellent teacher with a warm and friendly manner. She takes you through the process in a clear and easy-to-follow way and you’ll soon pick up the basic skills you need to start making your very own works of art! The materials you can choose to work with are gorgeous (Anne makes her own lovely tiles as well). But be warned - mosaicing is addictive!
Response from Making Mosaics:As you have discovered to your great COST Sue!! - but you have now made many lovely mosaics, keep posting them online! Thx for the review.
Being a complete beginner at mosaics I was looking for a course that would teach me the basics and also help me on the journey. Well wow, Anne has certainly done that with the clear, concise, educational online courses with just the most informative videos. I have learnt so much and i am not ashamed to say, I am now a mosaic addict. Thank you so much Anne for your guidance and sharing your expertise.
Response from Making Mosaics:I did give a clear warning this could be addictive! Happy you enjoyed it and thanks for the great review.
Anne has introduced me to the wonderful charming universe of mosaics and I am forever hooked. I've learned a lot of things from her courses, she is such a knowledgeable person, yet so kind and willing to teach complete novices the secrets of making lovely mosaics. She has such a sweet way of permanently encouraging you and making you believe that yes, you can make it! Thank you, Anne, you are the best!
Response from Making Mosaics:Wow, thats a nice accolade! I think when you dissect any process and lay out the component parts - it is not such a secret, just taking it step by step. I hope you go on to make many wonderful things and hopefully when this is all over you might get along to a local class.
Easy to follow instructions and loads of advice and help. Love the time lapse videos. Inspirational. Thank you Anne
Response from Making Mosaics:Thanks Diane - I hope you are enjoying your new mosaic tiles too!
Loved having Anne’s videos while home on quarantine. They are easy to follow with very straight forward instructions. Lots of fun projects and great information . Thank you Anne!!!
Response from Making Mosaics:That is the idea - straightforward, once you have the basic skills you can go on and discover your own mosaic style. Good luck and thanks for the review.