my Online Niche workshop

FEATURED STUDENT: Cindy Ferlitto
When I decided to offer my workshops into online classes, it was for my student’s like Cindy, who wanted to learn the art of mosaics but in the privacy of their own home and on their own time. For her first mosaic she chose the Niche workshop, which was a bit ambitious. The video begins with “how to build the niche substrate out of wood”, so that is where Cindy began:

step 1: building your substrate

step 1: building your substrate

My videos are step by step but they allow you to use your own imagination and they don’t restrict you into doing exactly what I did. Cindy wanted to mosaic a tree in the center of her niche, so after edging all of her sides with tiles, then reinforcing the arch with my cut china plate technique, that is where she went next:
step 2: edging & palette

step 2: edging & palette

Mosaicking something like a tree is no easy task, & I think Cindy did an amazing job of creating her focal theme:
step 3: focal theme

step 3: focal theme

From here it looks like Cindy melted the tree roots into her base, very clever, and filled in her background:
step 4- base

step 4- base

When Cindy sent me a final picture of her niche, she was not thrilled with her final piece. I understand, that when you begin in mosaics you have high expectations of how your piece will turn out. For me it is the process and your choices which makes each piece so unique. Of course, her next piece will be better, mine are too! But what I liked most is no matter how frustrated Cindy got with her piece, which can happen especially when you are working by yourself and you don’t have me there next to you to guide you through the rough spots, she finished. Viola’ it is beautiful and I can’t wait to see what Cindy mosaics next!
Viola'

Viola’

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2 Responses to my Online Niche workshop

  1. Susan Bass February 4, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    I’m impressed that Cindy built her own substrate. Kudos!
    I think the one thing that might have set the tree off more was a lighter colored sky. But all in all, great job!

  2. Susan February 4, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    It is beautiful and what a way to start out!

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