Tile Mosaic Girl

Tile, Glass, and Mixed Media Mosaic Artwork and Classes. TileMosaicGirl, local Superhero, is here to help YOU learn all you can about mosaics, and not the way she did; you will learn without all the trial and error she went through, because YOU will have learned from her mistakes! Follow her adventures here and learn some great mosaic stuff!
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    September 18th, 2013adminMosaic Classes, Mosaic How-To's
    Beginner's student with first mosaic piece

    Beginner’s student with first mosaic piece

    Due to the large demand, I’ve scheduled one more Beginner’s Mosaics Class for 2013! We will be cuttin’ and gluin’ and groutin’ on two upcoming Monday evenings in October; the 21st and 28th. Classes will run from 6:00-9:00 pm, unless everyone can start at 5:30; then we’ll get some extra time!  Come join me and several other fun folks for this great Beginner’s Mosaics class! In this fun and fully interactive course, learn to make your own (indoor) mosaic art piece! Choose from several project bases (frames, plaques, mirrors, etc.), which are included along with ceramic & glass tiles, adhesives, grout, and all other supplies. Students learn the basics of cutting, shaping, arranging, and adhering tiles and complete their design. Go on to learn how to grout and finish your piece to “bring it to life”.  This is a fun, stress relieving course; absolutely no previous mosaic experience or ‘artistic ability’ required; come see how easy it is to tap into your creative spirit and learn this wonderful craft!

    This will be the LAST class of 2013! (Hope to hold a mosaic table class in January; be sure to sign up on the form on the right hand column of the website to be on my mailing list!) Registration is open now and is first come, first serve and classes are limited to 6 students for plenty of individual attention. More information and the online sign up form for EventBrite can be found on the Beginner’s Mosaics Classes page!

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    September 3rd, 2013adminMosaic Classes

    student made mosaic mirror

    student made mosaic mirror


    Here ye, here ye! Tile Mosaic Girl has (finally!) scheduled her next Beginner’s Mosaics class! Two Tuesday evenings, September 10th and 17th, from 6:00-9:00 pm (we’ll start at 5:30 if everyone is able to make it early), this class is fun and very informative; you WILL learn all you need to know to get started in indoor mosaics. Once you take this class, you will be able to continue making indoor mosaics and honing your skills. Lots of questions answered, skills and techniques learned, and detailed handouts to go home with! These classes always fill up (limited to only 6 students for plenty of individual attention), so be sure to get registered; first come, first serve! Hope to see you then!
    Register securely online on the class page:
    http://tilemosaicgirl.com/classes/beginners-mosaic-classes/

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    My Accepted Design Proposal for "Tails of the Painted Cats"

    Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were great! As I write this, I am off on vacation until Feb. 5th, so i wanted to get the website updated and let you know that I won’t be available by phone, email, or Facebook during that time. “Talk” to you when I get back!

    Now…on to “What’s up in the Mosaic World?”…

    “NEW NEWS”: NEW LOCATION FOR TMG!:

    After a wonderful year in my Glendale “Workshops” building space, I have decided that it would be best for me to eliminate the costs of rent, etc. and move my operations to a more cost-effective but larger (!) space in the West Lakewood area, allowing me to keep costs low and be more accessible for open studio time and the Mosaic Supply Shop. I hope that this will work for you and that I can continue to have your support at this new location. I will provide the address and directions if you are coming to a class, open studio time, or the Mosaic Supply Shop.

    CLASSES:

    2013 will bring many ongoing and new classes here at TileMosaicGirl. We’ll be starting off the year with a much-awaited “Beginner’s Mosaics” class; two Sundays; March 17 & 24 from 1:00-4:30 pm each day. Cost is $75 for the class, with a $25 required kit fee. The class is set up now for online registration and space is always limited, as I limit the number of students to (6) for plenty of individual attention. For more information or to register, go to:
    http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5299928228

    I have not set dates and times for classes following the move and the Beginner’s class, but I would love to hear from you about what classes you are anxious to take and see next in the lineup: Tempered “Crash” Glass Mosaics, Mosaic Jewelry, European Ceramic Tile Mosaics, Making a Mosaic Table, Continuing Mosaics, Outdoor/Garden Mosaics, etc, etc. Please contact me with which ones you’re especially interested in, and in what order!

    MOSAIC SUPPLY SHOP:

    Come on over and get your hands on all the supplies you need to get started on your mosaic projects for the New Year! I’ve got a bunch of different grout colors in stock, as well as NEW and re-stocked colorants and European ceramic tiles, and lots and lots of tesserae and mosaic jewelry supplies! Contact me after Feb. 5th to schedule a time to come by the Glendale location in Februrary or the new Lakewood location starting the 2nd week of March! I can almost guarantee you that my supplies are less expensive, available in lower quantities with no order minimum, and incur no shipping costs if you shop in person, vs. online and/or with local mosaic and craft suppliers!

    ANNUAL MOSAIC CONFERENCE:

    As always, if you can do it, I absolutely recommend going to the annual national mosaic conference, put on by SAMA; the Society of American Mosaic Artists. This year, it’s in April in Tacoma, WA, by the amazing (I’ve heard!) Museum of Glass. For more information, see: www.americanmosaics.org

    TERRIFIC MOSAIC CLASS OPPORTUNITY IN FEBRUARY:
    I’m pleased to share that there is an incredible opportunity to train with a nationally known mosaic/mixed media artist right here in our own backyard! Laurie Beth Zuckerman is a phenomenal artist whose work concentrates heavily on fantastic mosaic “memory jars” and elaborate mixed media altars, including those featured at this year’s El Dia de Los Muertos exhibition at the Longmont Museum of Art. I first became enamored with Laurie’s art through her work in the books “Art Making and Studio Spaces” and “Art Making, Collections, and Obsessions” by Lynne Perrella.
    Another fantastic mosaic artist, Susan Wechsler, will be hosting a weekend “Memory Jug Workshop” with Laurie at Susan’s studio South of Longmont. Susan has a great space, where you can see lots of her amazing work up-close and personal. The workshop is February 16-17 and I will be going. Come join me and others for a great weekend! For more info., see: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FlHHR-XZz-I/UNIlaoHiVkI/AAAAAAAADEs/MJVJ2-ZpDzs/s1600/Memory+Jug+WORKSHOP+2013.jpg

    MOSAIC EXHIBIT INVITATIONAL, OTHER EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITIES:

    Keep making those mosaics and honing your skills and put some in a show or exhibit to show them off this year! One exhibit you might want to keep on your future calendar will be a regional mosaic exhibition from Colorado Mosaic Artists. This will be a “juried” exhibition (which means you’ll have to enter your pieces and see if they are accepted), but it is fairly low-cost and should receive some good exposure. I’m not sure of the location, but I do know it is scheduled for September-November, so I would think the application deadline might be at least by July 1st, if not earlier. I will pass on more info. as soon as I receive it.

    To find out about other local and national shows and exhibits, I recommend getting on the mailing lists of:

    https://www.callforentry.org/
    And http://denverarts.org/subscribe/subone/subscribe/241

    TAILS OF THE PAINTED CATS:

    I may or may not have shared much yet in regard to my participation in the Cat Care Society’s “Tails of the Painted Cats” event. My design for a “Frida Kat-Lo” cat was accepted among the 21 other finalists to design larger-than-life size fiberglass cats, in the same way that “Cow Parade” or horses or pigs or buffalo have been featured in other events throughout the country. This will be the third year for this hugely popular Denver event which tours the cats around to 3-4 monthly (indoor) destinations in the Spring and early Summer and culminates with a benefit dinner and auction in July. You can see a pic of my “Frida Kat-lo” design above and all of this year’s designs can be found at: http://denvercatcare.blogspot.com/2012/10/meet-2013-tails-of-painted-cats-artists.html?m=1

    I’m taking this opportunity with this public art benefit piece to once again share my process so that you can learn from my mistakes! I’m chronicling each step of the process in prepping, painting, adding sculptural elements, mosaic’ing and finishing off my dear Frida. I haven’t been able to get any of it posted yet, but I hope to very soon. If you’ve heard about things like “Apoxie Sculpt” or “Clay Shay” you won’t want to miss this detailed Step-by-Step! “She” won’t be done until late February/early March, so check back for ongoing updates! Once I get some things uploaded, you can find the series here on my How-To’s page.

    If you’ve had enough of shopping for the holidays, but need a great idea for birthday, anniversary, wedding shower gifts, TileMosaicGirl GIFT CERTIFICATES are always available! Gift certificates can actually be used toward classes or supplies; the recipient’s choice! This is a great way to edge that reluctant person you know into taking a workshop or class with you! Available in any dollar amount and can be made to include class fees only or class + materials kit fees. Just contact me and we can arrange the entire thing through email! I can send you a pretty e-version or an even nicer paper version through snail mail!

    As always, if you need some input, information, direction, referrals, or advice on a mosaic project, feel free to email me and I’ll be glad to help!
    THANK YOU so very much for all your support, patronage, and inspiration!

    Krystie Rose  :)

     

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    Busy couple weeks here at TileMosaicGirl! Here’s what’s coming up for this week:

    Thursday, November 29, 5:00-7:00 pm: Open Supply Shop!

    Come on down and get your hands on all the supplies you’ll need to complete your holiday mosaic and jewelry projects! I’ve got a bunch of different grout colors in stock, as well as lots and lots of tesserae and mosaic jewelry supplies!  (If you need some supplies but can’t make it Thursday night, please contact me for other arrangements!)

    Thursday, November 29, 6:00-9:00 pm: “Quickie” Workshop: Make a Mirror for Holiday Gifts!

    Only ONE space left in this workshop; are you going to be  the one to snag it? This is absolutely limited to 6 students so that we can get our projects done in one night! That’s right, glued and grouted in one night! Click here for more details and online registration!

    Saturday, December 1, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm: Holiday Fair at Denver Waldorf School!

    I’ll be exhibiting at this fun annual event in its 38th year in the Denver Botanic Gardens/Congress Park area!  There will be forty different artists, horse drawn carriage rides, yummy holiday and organic food offerings, tons of great kids activities, and Christmas trees and wreaths! I’ll have lots and lots of great mixed media mosaic items including new jewelry items (like more of my curly-haired skull girls, including Broncos girls!), belt buckles, bottle stoppers, and many other very affordably priced gift items! Hope to see you there!

    The Denver Waldorf School is at 940 Fillmore Street, Denver, Colorado 80206. Click here for a map, and I hope to see you there!
    And, last but not least, for those of you that work in or near downtown Denver or are available during the weekdays, next week I’ll be exhibiting in the atrium at the City/County of Denver’s Wellington Webb building Holiday Art Fair. Details:
    Thursday and Friday, December 6 & 7, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    If I don’t see you at one of these events, please do have a healthy, happy, and safe holiday season and THANK YOU so very much for all your support, patronage, and inspiration throughout this year! Couldn’t do it without you!
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    Come one, come all! Last scheduled TileMosaicGirl class of 2012!…”Make a Mosaic Quickie: Mosaic Mirrors for Holiday Gifts” Workshop! NEW date: Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6;00-9:00 pm.

    Come on down, see the NEW TileMosaicGirl shop, and knock out a wonderful Mosaic Mirror in ONE NIGHT! We’ll be havin’ a good ‘ol time, with good music, holiday food and drink, and we’ll be focused, focused, focused so that we can complete our projects in one night. We’ll use adhesives and methods that allow us to get done quickly and viola!; you’ve got an awesome Mosaic Mirror for holiday gifts or yourself!

    Cost for this 3 hour workshop is $40 plus a $15 materials fee payable in class. This will include your 10×10″ wall mirror, solid and iridescent glass vitreous tiles and some glass glitter tiles! If you’ve had a little bit of experience doing mosaics, you can do this workshop! Tell your artsy friends; if you think they can do this project without a Beginners class under their belt, thats fine with me; lets just make it a fun time where we can get some cool stuff made!

    PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED and space is limited, so register now! This workshop WILL fill up, so don’t wait to reserve your space! Click Here to Order tickets via Eventbrite.

    Do you love buying local and handmade items for the holidays, rather the same ‘ol, same ‘ol mall stuff? Well, have I got good news for you!..I’ve got at least two upcoming shows for the holidays amongst great groups of other artists! I’ll have lots of new mosaic and mixed media wall art, functional pieces, and jewelry and accessories! Mark your calendars now for these great events…

    Holiday Open Studio/Trunk Show: Thursday, November 15 from 5:00 to ?? pm at an artist friend’s home studio in West Arvada, this is a super fun night of cocktails, treats, and shopping! Join us for a great time; a stress-relieving break to let go and hang with new and old friends…we’ll have holiday beverages and spirits and yummy food and treats to warm your belly and rosy your cheeks! The host loves having this annual event to connect all kinds of friends and artists…you’ll see art for sale that includes: inspirational paintings, mixed media mosaic art and jewelry, vintage and upcycled gifts and jewelry, fused glass creations and jewelry, handmade ceramic wares, eclectic and unique clothing, and unique beaded jewelry. If you’re interested, please email me and I’ll send you an evite with all the details!

    Another great show I’ll be at is the Holiday Fair in the atrium of City/County of Denver’s Wellington Webb Building on Thursday and Friday, December 6th and 7th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each day. This annual holiday event is free to attend and open to the general public. You’ll be through Thanksgiving and looking for some more great holiday gift items, so come on down if you can make it those days. This is a nice, leisurely, not-too-crowded or big fair in a beautiful indoor atrium with surrounding food vendors. Come in out of the cold and take your time browsing the many varied artisans’ booths!

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    Get a hold of your girlfriends and come have a fun, stress-relieving “Girls Night Out” the week after next on Wednesday, October 10th! We’ll be making Mosaic/Mixed Media Jewelry in this short, fun, and easy 6:00-9:00 pm workshop! You can choose to make a variety of items, from pendants to earrings to rings, even hair clips! You’ll learn all the basics of mosaic jewelry making and get to choose from a huge variety of materials to make yourself or someone else a great piece of unique jewelry! Absolutely no prior mosaic, jewelry-making, or art experience required to learn this fun craft! Cost is only $40 with a $15 required materials fee! If you have time and want to make more items, you can easily do so for very small additional costs! If you’ve taken this course before but just want to come make more jewelry, I’ll waive the materials fee for you!!

    Come take a break from the daily grind and lose yourself for a few hours in a creative, stress-free environment! Feel free to bring whatever food or drink (including cocktails, wine, or beer) you’d like to make it an even more fun atmosphere! I have a great studio environment and good music, too! Pre-Registration is required and space is limited! Register securely online through EventBrite and PayPal:

    Eventbrite - Mosaic Jewelry Class

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