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Mosaic Mastery!
the Wizard of MOS!
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07 3847 4873 
Studio visits by appointment only

TEAM OZMOSAICS Dave & Sandy Robertson


Something special for Mother's Day!

Surprise Mum or the special ladies in your life with a pesonalised OzMosaics Gift Certificate.  Contact OzMosaics + organise!

Imagine mum's delight attending a workshop or buying mosaic tools, tiles + supplies.

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You will love Sandy's workshops!
Fun + inspiration + professional tuition!
Sandy will be running a mosaic workshop in Canberra in September 2019!
Enjoy the MAANZ Symposium + Floriade + Mosaics!
visit + find out all about it: www.maanz.org

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HUGE RANGE of mosaic glass tiles!
Over 200 shades of smalti!
Quality Laticrete Australia Products!
| Best prices & service | 20 years!
tiles | tools | mesh | sealers | mirror | grout | thinset + more...

Everything you need to create mosaic art + craft!
Shop online  www.ozmosaics.com.au/shop

Mosaic Projects!  School & Public & Community Art!
Contact us to plan your project!
Check Sandy's portfolio - amazing projects in Australia + overseas.

Keep up with Sandy!
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Join our mailing list at MOS
The Mosaic Online School is coming!
+ you will be amongst the first to know when the school online gates open! You will love MOS!

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Student comments:

Beginner Class:   "When I attended OzMosaic Beginners course I knew not one thing about mosaics.  Boy did that change quickly!  Sandy is absolutely bursting with knowledge, enthusiasm, experience, techniques, tips, tricks and great mosaicing stories.  The workshop had a lovely welcoming and personable atmosphere and her passion for mosaicing is just so contagious.  By the end of the day I felt so motivated and confident to start my own mosaicing journey.  An absolutely fantastic day and so worthwhile for anyone who wants to try this fun craft! "    Michelle.

Advanced Course:    Wow!  Talk about value for money!  Our day was jam packed with even more information, techniques and hands on fun!  And the nicest part is that I took home a unique 3D mosaic that was my personal creation, yet made with the help of Sandy’s expert knowledge.  Not sure if the best part was smashing wine bottles, cutting glass, oozing grout, or just the great company!  I’d definitely recommend this course to challenge those further who have already done the Beginners Course.  Fantastic!".   Michelle

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Imagine yourself in a mosaic workshop.
Learn to mosasic or update your mosaic skills.  Fun, creative and wonderfully addictive.

Your mosaic teacher, Sandy Robertson, looks forward to meeting you and sharing the joy of mosaics!
Beginner classes, advanced, 3D, smalti.  Learn the pique assiette method, mixed media, push-in, mosaic on mesh, indirect and many other methods with Sandy's famous mosaic tips and tricks!

What colour grout should you use?  What is thinset?  What mosaic tools are needed for smalti, glass, mirror and ceramic?

Use your imagination, explore Sandy's studio and mosaic store;  be inspired to create mosaics for your home, gifts, garden and who knows where it may lead?  Love OP shops? Sandy will help you reshape and embed found objects, precious mementos and more into your mosaic art and crafts.

Create contemporary portraits of your children, friends, loved ones, pets or adorn your pool walls, pots and floors!  
Anything is possible in mosaics!

Pools, walls, seats, pots, birdbaths, sculptures, mirrors, picture frames, cars, bathtubs, floors, windows, doors, kettles just about anything that stands still long enough to mosaic on!
OzMosaics specialises in traditional to modern mosaic techniques - from flat, mixed media, 3-D, whimsical and sculptural.


August 2016 saw the installation of the mosaic mural commission for University of Queensland Water Engineering - Level 1 of the Advanced Engineering Building.
 *more info here

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Dynasty smalti is beautiful for making interesting tesserae in your glass kiln!
Use your Leponitt mosaic wheeled cutters, standard tile nippers or Hammer & Hardie to shape this beautiful tesserae.   
Compare OzMosaics prices on smalti, millefiori, Weldbond, Leponitt tools, files, grouting accessories, Mac Glue, Laticrete products, hammer and hardies, glass tiles, mirror, sealers, mosaicstandard/sticky mesh - and more!

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OzMosaics are Australia's professional mosaic supply store.
Great value, customer service and mosaic workshops.  
Students travel from interstate and overseas to learn Sandy's mosaic tips and tricks and absorb the creative atmosphere, with a devoted mosaic teacher.

Follow this link to set up your free online OzMosaics Mosaic Store Account or log-in and enjoy the great specials at OzMosaics Web Shop!

Hope you find some creative mosaic time in 2018!

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Pink tulle and mosaic torsos

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ozmosaics-studio-pinknessA touch of pink in OzMosaics Studio - hanging over the heads of students in last Saturday's mosaic workshop!

A fabulous workshop started off 2012with flair and fun on Saturday.  The studio was sorted out and looked great and I took the students on a little tour of our home and my artworks before we settled down to learning the art of mosaics!

Thanks to the students who were so eager to break into mosaics.  I look forward to your future artworks.

These torsos will be adorned with mosaicsbut will be built into sculptures first. I am a bit over the "mosaic the torso"! I enjoyed making the "Blue Lady" so much (which is on display in a fashion store at the moment) that I have great mosaics planned for these bare beauties!  I will show the Mosaic Addicts Tuesday Group how to turn these into special forms for mosaics.

Our workshops are booked out until end April, so Dave is adding more workshops to accommodate all the eager students this year and when I complete the set of 6 murals I am currently working on, I will announce new workshops & mosaic projects, which I promise will be very exciting!

Had a wonderful meeting today to discuss future plans for fund-raising for the Royal Brisbane Hospital and even though my first pot off coffee somehow "over-perked" LOL, Ian was game to have a fresh pot~ Dave came to the rescue, he makes a fabulous pot of coffee, even though he doesn't drink coffee!

Of course, we had some Tim Tams. 

Happy Australia Day - Celebrate in Style, of course I will be having vegemite and lamb!

Check out the great special on this week on vitreous glass mosaic tiles!   MAANZ members are in for a good promotion from OzMosaics until March on smalti, vitreous mosaic glass tiles, smalti sample boards and gold smalti!......for a month - look out for your next MAANZ newsletter for info!

Such a busy year already!  It's exciting and I can't wait to get down to the studio in the morning to being another mural mosaic panel.  If you wish to commission OzMosaics for a gift or mosaic sculpture or mosaic artwork, please allow plenty of time as we are extremely busy with orders, but we would love to accommodate you.

Happy tiling!
Sandy Robertson - bringing the art of mosaics to you!
Mosaic Artist Australia
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(c) OzMosaics - Flexible Camera and video stand OzMosaics

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If you like my mosaic ideas, wait until MOSI (Mosaic Online School International) is launched!

Not just "how to mosaic" MOSI is jammed packed with original ideas from Sandy Robertson. There are many mosaic schools but MOSI is unique and will offer you more than ever before!  This is just a taste of what I have waiting for you on MOSI!  Sign up to our newsletter so you find out first when the launch date is announced!
Subscription to MOSI will keep you inspired, excited and offer incredible mosaic tips and tricks for the contemporary mosaic student and artist.


(c) OzMosaics 2012
jI came up with this idea (out of frustration, necessity and brainstorming myself!) for a flexible camera stand and video stand
to use when recording my mosaic workshop videos and photographing mosaic works in progress.  It's a perfect stand for many of my mosaic applications, very portable, gives a steady photo and saves me using my camera tripod.   It's marvellous for taking photos of your mosaics for juried art shows!  No shakes or wobblies!

I used two old desklights and when I asked Dave to help me work out how to mount the camera on one and the video on the other stand, he took the idea on board and helped me put the idea together - thanks Dave!!!!!!!!!!!!  We felt like the inventors!  LOL!  

It shows it's hard to come up with something original as I then searched Google and found others had similar ideas and were selling them, but I am proud of my workshop and photographing solution, which came out of mulling over the problem for a long time and I also have some other variations which I will share in MOSI, mosaic online school soon.

I have another idea up my mosaic sleeve and will try it out in the near future - just need to find time to go out and source the item I have in mind to turn into a mosaic marvel! 

 So far these stands are just marvellous and I hope you enjoy using this idea.  It's very economical, easy to make and works like a charm!    I had been trying to get something working for a while and had tried many home-made ideas but this is my best so far to making my movies and taking photos of mosaics and whatever else takes my fancy.  I will also make some "tall" mOzSTANDS and have ideas for dual purpose set-ups with lights. Stay tuned. 

If you like this idea or use it, please leave a comment below and I will share more!

If you use my idea and/or share this page you must acknowledge OzMosaics Studio and give a link back to http://www.ozmosaics.com.au/mosaic  Thank you.

I will be having a week's break in February and whilst watching the ocean, will work on 110 mosaic coasters for a special wedding coming up!  All in a day's work!
I enjoyed watching Hewitt in the tennis tonight and even though he didn't win, he was a champion showing spirit, never say die courage and an inspiration.

It's now raining on our Queenslander tin roof and it's time for bed.  Looking forward to Tuesday and lots of mosaic making!

Mirror and mosaic

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A bit about mirror and mosaics:

You can cut mirror into “useable sizes” with a glass scorer or I prefer the mosaic tile scorer/breaker tool that I demonstrate to my students. It’s very “flexible” and allows straight or curve scores and cuts and is very economical. 

Check out the tool section in the mosaic supplies shop, every mosaic artist will benefit from this tool in their tool kit or contact Dave Robertson, Studio/Store Customer service manager for more info.

Or: Gently tap on the mirror - with a hammer  -(protect both sides of the mirror) and wear safety glasses, and then simply nip and shape your mosaic mirror segments into required tesserae with your Leponitt mosaic wheeled cutters. You can get awesome results this way and not be regulated with boring straight lines.  In my mosaic workshops students absolutely love learning my cutting tips and tricks for mirror and ceramic tile using a variety of tools.  These tips will be on MOSI in the near future.

You can also use a tile scorer manual machine, which is easy to use, and scores mirror and tile – straight cuts only. It’s easy to manipulate the height of the mirror to sit comfortably under the running wheel and handle of this tool - I will show you how in a mosaic workshop at OzMosaics Studio or in MOSI by video clip, photographs and examples.  These tips are awesome!

It all depends on what you want “out of the mirror”.

I hesitate to cut my mirror finds down until I am ready to use them in a mosaic. Nothing worse than wanting something special and having ghastly long straight lengths of tile, glass and mirror staring at you. 

 However, many favour this “look” so if you are into this, you are probably from a stained glass background, used to having strips of glass to snip this way and that into triangles and other “expected” cuts. 
Try them all out, but be adventurous!

 If you cut your mirror, tile etc on layers of newspaper, it will keep the material steady and you can wrap up any little slivers and dispose of easily. Take care, wear safety glasses and sensible clothing and shoes.

Check out the back of mirror; mirror generally can be “aged” by the backing….research it online. Some old mirror doesn’t go well in some adhesives and not great if used in immersed mosaics. Use common sense. Mirror comes in varying thickness and mosaic ideas are unlimited!!!!! You can add the mirror to mosaic, mosaic on the mirror, stack it all and more………. Mirror under glass mosaics is gorgeous too and I adore the dreaded “black spot”. I actually crave that mirror for special mosaic purposes.


 Live outside the mosaic square.

In Australia, some Hardware Stores sell a ghastly pack of mirror square mosaic tiles, buyer beware, it’s cheap and nasty, avoid it, the backing is just not suitable for mosaics in general.
Try MAC glue for mirror adhesive, it doesn't eat away at the backing!  Buy MAC at OzMosaics Online Shop or at our studio - OzMosaics is the Australian Distributor for MAC glue.
 

I love finding mirror at garage sales, old furniture outlets (the rippled edges make me go weak at the knees) … and also great mirror is available at mirror suppliers. Mix it up!  Bad luck with broken mirror, no way!  Using mirror is good luck in mosaics and makes for gorgeous mosaic reflections.
Find out more at OzMosaics workshops.

...Imagine what you can do if you scratch up the back of the mirror and go from there....give up all preconceived ideas about mirror and get on with it~!

and an extract from a post I put on my Mosaic Addicts Group Yahoo Forum:

 

 

Think before you start cutting the mirror up into piles of long strips! If
I had to look at a pile of long glass strips for inspiration I would run
screaming for the hills LOL! Nothing wrong with long strips of glass or
mirror, but don't get set into a mosaic rut.

Actually, I love the word mosaic rut...it calls other mosaic methods to mind
and now I want to go rushing down to the studio to play today, but other
mosaics are on the top of the list. So as I sit here gazing out of my
office window at an overcast, rainy day in Brisbane, watch all the leaves
have a beautiful bath..I want to make mosaic raindrops out of mirror and old
glass, crystal etc is perfect.

Did any of you watch the Australian tennis last night..how inspiring!

Back to long strips of anything...Why avoid cutting everything into long
strips? You may find yourself wanting different shapes and sizes of mirror
down the mosaic track and having long strips of mirror can be very
uninspiring, to say the least. Wouldn't it be awful not to be able to dig
through your mirror box and find shapes that call out as clouds, puddles or
simply fabulous, inspiring shapes to work into a mosaic?

For starters I would break large glass/mirror panels (if you have to) down
into large sections and store safely. Always wear safety glasses, sensible
working gloves, shoes and protective clothing to keep any little shards out
of your skin! I tell my students, don't mess with mirror, learn to work
with it, with respect.

If you don't have glass or tile scoring tools, place newspaper under the
mirror (to catch shards, and wrap up later); put a piece of clear plastic on
the top (so you can "see" what you are doing) and tap with a hammer to get
some basic large "breaks".

I have a special little hammer that will give the effect of a golf ball
impact on the mirror, which I adore and especially store!

I keep large box trays and using gloves, store the mirror in chunks, ready
to be shaped for future mosaics. I love the different shapes presented by a
gentle hammering and have a number of ways of keeping the shattered effect
"together" for special effects in my mosaics. Every time I use mirror, I
find a new cut or something special for my mosaics.

You can use your glass scorer tool or the handy tile/breaker combo tool
which is very inexpensive and does a fabulous job and gives you amazing
control cutting tile and glass for mosaics. People coming to mosaics from a
stained glass background etc, will usually have an oil-filled glass scorer.
I never use this tool, don't need it.

I prefer the simple tile scorer/breaker tool. Great control and great
shapes can result. I particularly avoid glass and mirror cuts that look
like cuts from a stained glass/leadlight pattern; the effect is often cold
and uninspiring, but that's just me; everyone should do what feels good in
their mosaic artworks.

Leponitt wheeled cutters are amazing for cutting mirror and allow so many
beautiful cuts and shapes in mirror; whimsical, circles, petals, squares,
triangles, angles; fluid and running water effects etc...and not just strips
and little squares.

Yes, you can use mirror as a base for mosaics with incredible mosaic
effects; stack it, embed it, angle it, 3-D, just don't fall into the
strips of glass, cut down into triangles or squares. Glue other glass over
the mirror and instead of going for that boring clear glue effect, mess it
up and add stuff to the glue and make any glass glue "smears" work for you
and your mosaic..endless ideas should be in front of your eyes.

So, imagine if you cut up your mirror into lots of long strips and then....

You can turn a mirror into (eg) an awesome mosaic palm tree in a couple of
minutes, using the simple tile scorer and Leps; or water flow, hair, ...so
many options. Mirror is high on my list of favourite tesserae. I have one
specialty cut I show my students, that leaves them in a mosaic frenzy of
excitement.

Go for it, but keep your options open. I teach my students how to make the
most amazing things in mirror; they become addicted and are turning out
awesome mini murals in a few minutes. Too much fun!!!! Sticky tape then
becomes your best friend to transport the exquisite mini murals.

Cheers and have a fab day -Sandy Robertson
...and another extract:

From a gentle scratch to attacking the mirror back with bricks, files, sandpaper, any tool that gouges!!!! Drag it over a cement path, use nails! Rough it up or have the most discrete “markings”. Add a signature or logo or put your mark under mirror.

 

 

 

Fancy foils…or prepare the undercurrents first and press the distressed mirror into the clear drying glue. Put mirror over mirror with mosaic madness!

 

 

 

String, hair, glitter, sequins, dried flowers… Now you know why the “black spot” is a gift to me in mosaics.

 

 

 

It’s all there waiting for you.

 

Use paints, glitter, sand, shells, paper, gold, tinted thinset, whatever take your fancy, lift up over or push into the undercurrents. Awesome and fun!

 

 

 

MAC glue is great for mirror glue, or I may use a range of glues: thinset, MAC, CLN, Epoxy, whatever is needed to get the job done; sometimes all glues are used in the one mosaic. Have no fear!   LOL   The toast was great! I think Vegemite is my secret mosaic elixir.
Happy mosaicking, Sandy x


NEWS!

Book Now! Mosaic Classes 2019

OzMosaics Studio + Mosaic Store
will be closed
Monday 13th May to Monday 3rd June.

Reopening Tuesday 4th June 2019.
Please place orders by Friday close, 10th July 2019.

3 places left in July
Weekend Workshop

Smalti + Undulating Surfaces - July!
Book now! It will be awesome!

Workshop A -beginner
Workshop B - advanced
Visit the workshop page for class dates + info.

Contact us to organise a personalised Gift Card for someone creative!

Phone Dave 07 38474873 to book a workshop or purchase a gift certificate.

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CERAMIC TILES!

Check them out in our Mosaic Web Store!
Red, yellow, PINK, orange, blues, green!
300mm x 100mm x 6mm
Perfect for mosaics!

www.ozmosaics.com.au/shop
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NEWS! MOSAIC ART EXHIBITION!

MAANZ QUEENSLAND BRANCH
2018 MOSAIC ART EXHIBITION

Mosaic Association of Australia & New Zealand
presented
54 mosaics!
It was a wonderful exhibition atPercolator Gallery.

Mosaic Sandy Robertson award

I was thrilled to receive A Highly Commended Award for "Made to Last!".
Thanks to our judges Ian Skippen, Kylie Farrelly and Pamela Irving.
The Opening Night Party and Awards was so much fun and the gallery was packed to the rafters!
Thanks to all who attended.
Sandy Robertson

MAANZ (Mosaic Assn. of Australia & New Zealand)
Queensland Branch Rep.

Hammer and Hardie

Mosaic Hammer & Hardie traditional tools and modern PORTABLE desk top Hardies are now available from OzMosaics Web Shop - Tools Dept
The H&H will cut, shape, slice and dice your smalti, marble and a range of mixed media.  

Use your imagination and mix and match tesserae.
Sandy likes to use both the Leponitt Mosaic Wheeled Cutter and a Hammer and Hardie  for efficient shaping of mosaic tesserae.
From traditional to contemporary mosaic art, mosaic tools are at your fingertips. Explore.

Proudly Australian!

ozmosaics-australian-owned-proudly-australianOzMosaics has a comfy Room on the Deck for visitors to OzMosaics, B & B - accommodation for visiting artists, friends and students (check for availability).

It's always fun, busy and exciting at Studio OzMosaics - never, ever a dull moment.  OzMosaics provides a wonderful mosaic haven - our Mosaic Workshops in Australia will inspire and excite you.

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    Coorparoo  4151
    Brisbane Queensland Australia 
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About us

 

OzMosaics provides a safe, happy environment for the making of mosaics! award-mosaic

Situatied in the hills of Coorparoo, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia our grand old Queenslander provides a mosaic haven for mosaic artists.

Students visit from around the world to learn with Sandy Robertson. 

Dave Robertson, Customer Service & Sales Manager takes pride in running the business, co-ordinating the Mosaic School and Workshops, plus shipping out mosaic orders on a daily basis! 

There is never a dull moment at OzMosaics - we hope to meet you or make friends on Facebook.

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