Sculpting With Skeewbacker Classic Squares
This opens the door to limitless shapes for mosaic sculpture. And, it's not that difficult !
How to Hang Mosaics on Skeewbackers
Wedi is a great substrate - light weight, durable, waterproof, outdoor, indoor, and easy to work with. But hanging it is something of an unknown - until now. There are 2 ways and both are shown in this video.
How to Install a Mosaic on Mesh to a Wall
Using mosaic mesh to create a mosaic makes creation easy, but what about installing it on a wall? This video shows how to do it and what you should be ...
How to Cut Complex Shapes with Wheeled Nippers
There are some tricks to cutting these complex shapes with wheeled nippers, but beginners and pros can easily use the techniques shown in this video.
Feathers, Fur, Fire - How to Nip Them
This easy to use nipping technique lets you add texture, depth and flow to mosaics. The video shows the technique and examples of how to apply it.
The Essential Gradient
Creating the illusion of the third dimension in a 2 dimensional art piece is usually dependent on your ability to create gradients with tesserae. It's not that difficult ...
Making Leaves with Nippers, Glass and Out-of-the-Box Thinking
Three types of leaves are made in this video. One of them is tricky if you just use nippers. But, Lou Ann shows how "out-of-the-box" thinking makes a leaf with just nippers.
The Quick Basics - Getting Started in Mosaics
These are the quick basics to make your first experience in mosaics easy & fun. They will help you make decisions about all of the great options for using your creativity.
How & Why to Seal Wood Backers
It is essential to seal wood backers. However, it is easy to do without adding new supplies. Watch to see how and why.
Cutting House Numbers With a Wet Saw
Mosaic address plaques can personalize something that is otherwise very mundane. I prefer to make the numbers from a single piece of stained glass. This is how I do it.
4 Things Nippers Can't Do
Nippers are really easy to work with and I especially like using them since Nippinglass came out. But, they still have their limitations. This video shows the limitations and a solution to each.
Mixing Small & Large Batches of Grout
Most mosaics need that mess-making step called grouting. Mixing grout can be pretty easy when you use these methods.
Making Patterns & Shadows for Christmas Mosaics
Like a lot of things, a few little tricks help a lot. This video is full of them, from making and using a pattern, to making shadows so objects have form and not just shape. (this is episode 1 of 2)
Two Color Grout for Christmas Mosaics
Buying the color of grout that you want may be impossible, but making it isn't. Applying 2 or more colors of grout to your mosaic can be tedious, but this video will show you how. (this is episode 2 of 2)
I Got a Commission - Now What ?
Getting a commision for a mosiac project can be very exciting. But, what is really involved? Lou Ann Weeks shares the step-by-step process from the first contact to the final clean-up in a series of 9 videos. In this episode Lou Ann discusses the business arrangement and first steps.
Designing a Pattern for a Client
Patterns are not only required by clients, but their dimensional accuracy is critical for large architectural mosaic installations. Here's a way to get both at the same time. Episode 2 of 9.
Mosaic Over Pattern - The Set-up
A modern application of a technique that has been used for centuries, Lou Ann demonstrates what may prevent more costly mistakes than any other way to make a mosaic. Episode 3 of 9.
Getting the Details Right
Details of a subject are often made with small tesserae and intricate cuts with nippers. And, sometimes that isn't quite nice enough. Tail feathers in this dove are a good place to show how to get the details right. Episode 4 of 9.
3,000 Pieces in 3-Minutes
There are more than 3,000 tesserae in this mosaic. After the set up was complete it took about 16 hours to place them. So, we created a time lapse that shows all of the pieces being fitted in 3 minutes. Episode 5 of 9.
The Modified Double Reverse Method
This technique uses mosaic tile tape to keep all of the tesserae together. You will see how it is used and how it works while the mosaic is transferred to a temporary backer. Episode 6 of 9.
Transferring to a Substrate
Ditra is the permanent substrate that Lou Ann chose for this floor medallion. Preparing the Ditra and getting the mosaic on it the last step before taking the project to the client's home. Here's how to do it. Episode 7 of 9.
In this episode the mosaic has been moved to the client's home where it will be installed in the floor. Watch to see how the floor is prepared and the mosaic is put in place. Episode 8 of 9.
Grouting & Clean-up
The mosaic is set up. See the final steps of grouting and clean up. Episode 9 of 9.
Dippin' and Butterin'
The best way to save time on cleaning adhesives from your finished mosaics is to use the right amount. These two techniques, Dippin' and Butterin' are great ways to apply glue and thinset.
Fat Cat - The Humble Beginning
Before all of this, Fat Cat was a drab, gray shape. See, be inspired by, and learn how he became what he is today.