Monday, August 8, 2016

Blue Daisy Tutorial

Blue Daisy, stained glass mosaic on board, 11"X11" (12"X12" framed), 2016

I've recently added the latest tutorial for the students in my Online Stained Glass Mosaic Flower Class.  It is a 30 minute tutorial specifically for Design 11 also know as a Daisy Flower - there are 12 designs in total for the students to download and to use for their fun, learning projects. The tutorails and the templates are only available to registered students.  


The video specifically focuses on the petals of the flower which due to having continuous curves that make a sharp turn make these cuts more challenging.  This template is a bonus for those students who have created at least one of the other flower designs, have practiced cutting glass and feel confident using the tools.
 

Check out the Online Class Promo Video to get a quick glimpse into what this class entails.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Orange Gazania

Orange Gazania Flower, stained glass mosaic on board (framed), 30"x30", 2016 available for sale

Sense of scale - the central part of the design. Those tini pieces of glass are all hand-cut and meticulously arranged.

The hand drawn sketches and preliminary color choices.

Progress.

I was having second thoughts about my original color palette so I laid out a selection of colors I liked for the background to get a feeling for what worked best with the arranged flower.

Progress on the foliage surrounding the flower.  Initially I planned to create a broken glass pattern as the background (seen in the neighboring flowers) but as I took a few days to think about the colors, I also changed my mind about the background pattern.

The mosaic is glued, the tape is peeled and its ready to be grouted!

Grouting. 

A few weeks following the completion of my mosaic gazania, I encountered my first real gazania while walking home from the grocery store.  I couldn't believe my eyes as they flowers looked so exotic and somewhat out of place just growing along the curb of a busy street.  Using my phone, I shot an instagram of one and I think it matches up pretty well with my mosaic rendition - what a fun coincidence.  Seeing it among its leaves also showed me that I made the right call on the color and pattern for the space surrounding the flower. 


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Last Day of Moving Sale!

Below is the most recent Kasia Mosaics art sale! Excited to ship this Yellow Lotus Flower to Arizona tomorrow :-) Today is the final day of our moving sale. Thank you to all of our recent buyers for helping us lighten up our load! Check out what's still available at http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/


The Kasia Mosaics Studio is moving at the end of July.  We are trying to lighten our load by having a mega sale on some of the mosaics listed in the store.  This is the biggest sale we've ever had so don't miss your chance to take advantage of the low prices.  Sale ends July 27, 2016.  All work available on a custom, monthly payment plan (buyer receives artwork after making first payment).  Email kpolkowska@gmail.com with any questions. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

New Pattern

Untitled, stained glass mosaic (framed), 18"x18", 2016   Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

Cutting and arranging the pattern.

Grouting.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Aloe Polyphylla

Aloe Polyphylla, stained glass mosaic (framed), 18"x18", 2016   Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/

All the glass is hand cut and arranged by me.

Grouting.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Black and White Penta-Flower

Black and White Petna-Flower, stained glass mosaic (framed), 18"x18", 2016   Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/
All the glass is hand cut and arranged by me.

Grouting, then framing.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dahlia Spectrum

Dahlia Spectrum, stained glass mosaic (framed), 18"x18", 2016   Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/
Choosing a color palette.

All hand cut and taped together for the next step.

Fitting in the hand cut background pieces around the central element.

Grouting.

Grouting.

Ready for framing.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

White Barred Owl

Gaia - Goddess of Nature - The White Barred Owl, stained glass mosaic, 45"x25", 2016
~Available for Sale: http://kasiamosaicsstore.blogspot.com/
Take a look at the owl coming alive through the process photos.  Prints coming soon!

The rough sketch.

Progress.
Adding feathers one by one.
Only the tail to go, then onto the leaves.
Choosing the right shade of green.
The leaves and the sky area all also hand cut.
Grouting!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

First Friday Art Walk

This coming Friday, June 3, 2016 is the monthly Art Walk here in the Santa Fe Arts District of Denver, Colorado.  The Kasia Mosaics Studio is located in unit 302 on the third floor of the 910 Arts Building on 910 Santa Fe Drive. The Art Walk is happening from 6pm to 9pm. 


This is a really big and fun event for all art enthusiasts. The street will be closed off, all the art galleries and studios will be open, there will be food trucks and music through out the area. My studio will be open as usual and beer and wine will be served for all who venture up to the third floor of the 910 Arts Building to visit my colorful studio! 


Friday, May 20, 2016

Stained Glass Mosaic Landscape Art

It is a challenge to fully convey the effect of a stained glass mosaic through a single photo. Especially it is difficult to show the scale of the work.  Every single piece of glass in my mosaics is hand cut with basic hand tools.  Some of the shapes I create are so minuscule that they are smaller than the tiniest fingernail.   I source the glass in person by visiting the local art glass warehouse here in Denver, D&L Art Glass. The glass is very shiny and reflective, often appearing different from each direction and under a different light while other glass has unique textures that are best seen in person.  Each mosaic is custom framed in wood that accentuates the colors of the glass composition.  It is light enough for any adult to pick up, averaging about 30 pounds each for the mosaics seen below.  I've been photographing the work next to myself to help my virtual viewers and buyers gain a better understanding of what these works look like in person.  Below each photo is a link that will direct you to more detail and process photos as well as background info on each mosaic.
Sunset at Trillium Lake, stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 48", 2016 ~Available
See Full Blog Post With the Story Behind This Mosaichttp://www.kasiamosaics.com/2016/01/sunset-at-trillium-lake-oregon.html

The Dallas Divide, stained glass mosaic (framed), 16" x 48", 2014

Cascade Canyon, stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 48", 2013 ~Available
See Full Blog Post With the Story Behind This Mosaic: http://www.kasiamosaics.com/2013/07/cascade-canyon-mosaic.html

Ptarmigan Trail - Glacier National Park, stained glass mosaic (framed), 30" x 30", 2014 ~Available

High Alpine Lake, stained glass mosaic (framed), 24" x 48", 2016 ~Available

Vermont Autumn, stained glass mosaic, 36"x36" (37.5"x37.5" framed), 2013 ~ Available


 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Kasia Mosaics Online Flower Class

The Kasia Mosaics Online Flower Class is now fully virtual and available for instant streaming anywhere in the WORLD!

Can’t make a Kasia Mosaics Class in person? This is an online version of my popular ‘Stained Glass Mosaic Flower Workshop’ which is typically a two day intensive for beginners as well as intermediate mosaic artists.  I've taught the live version of this class to over 200 students across the country as well as a growing community of virtual mosaic enthusiasts, our Online Class has nearly 100 students now!  Everything covered in the original workshop is documented in detail in the  online instructional videos as well as additional written text that the students gain instant, life time access once they register.

For more information visit the new Kasia Mosaics Classes Website: http://www.kasiamosaicsclasses.com

Just like the onsite workshop, the online class is suited for all levels – a beginner as well as an advanced student will enjoy and benefit from the class.  No prerequisites or drawing skills are needed to be able to successfully complete the class project. The class covers the basics of every step of the stained glass mosaic process from start to finish.  It is a great choice for someone looking to develop a strong foundation in stained glass mosaics and to grow as a stained glass mosaic artist.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Signed "Match Girl" Poster Art Print

Sense of scale next to me and the original mosaic and paiting.
This newly released 'Match Girl' Poster Art Print allows the fans of my mosaic art to have a signed print of one of my most beloved mosaic art pieces at an affordable price. The mosaic image is 12"x9". It is printed on 100lb satin cover stock paper, size 14"x11, leaving a 1" border all around. The print is titled and signed by me under the image. Click Here to Buy

All the prints are packed in a protective plastic.

Each print is titled and signed in pencil by me.
This print fits perfectly and looks best in a 20"x16" Matted Gallery Frame that fits a print that size while slightly covering the white border while displaying the title and signature. A frame like this can be sourced at most frame shops. The one in the photo is from 'Room Essentials' at Target for $20. Click to see reference shopping link here.

We have an economical frame/matting suggestion to help you display your print beautifully and make it look its best.  You can use the suggested frame dimensions to custom frame your mosaic if you choose.
*Disclaimer: This is an unlimited edition poster art print. This means that it is not numbered. We are offering this option for those who are looking to have an image signed by Kasia. For those wanting a Limited Edition Archival Print of 'The Match Girl', please email Kasia to be added to the waiting list. We will be releasing the Limited Edition Artist Print in the Summer of 2016. It will cost $100 plus shipping/handling. It will come with a certificate of authenticity and a suggested frame option.

Match Girl, stained glass mosaic on board, 40" x 30" (42"x32" framed), 2011
This mosaic is inspired by the imaginary spaces I built in my head while experiencing a familiar childhood story. Being a story architect in the magical place which is our mind can be extremely creative as there aren't any rules you have to follow. In the upper left hand corner (inside a room, among the apartment buildings) my mother is reading the story to my two sisters and me. The orphaned child in the story is out on a cold winter day, selling matches. No one is buying them though. It is so cold that the little girls starts burning the matches to stay warm. As my mother approaches the sad ending of the story - an ending I've heard before - I leap out of the room landing in the story. Though I am too late the last match has been lit. All that is left of the little girl is a shadow surrounded by light, as her soul ascends to heaven.  To view the full blog post about this mosaic, click here: http://www.kasiamosaics.com/2011/06/match-girl.html