Saturday, November 26, 2022

Online Mosaic Class Sale Plus a Free Template

For Small Business Saturday, as appreciation for all of the Online Support that I get from folks who follow my art on Social Media, I decided to give away this Owl Template Download for FREE. You can use it for a mosaic project or a child can use it as a coloring book page You can download it via the Template Section of the Shop on my Online Mosaic Art Classes Website: https://www.kasiamosaicsclasses.com/ Use Code: FOXY until December 31, 2022 Below is the design as well as more info on how to get your free template.


Once you are on the website https://www.kasiamosaicsclasses.com add this template to your cart, then go to cart, type in FOXY in the coupon section and press 'apply coupon' to activate it. The download will be free and my website will email it to the email address that you enter at checkout. This process makes it possible for me to manage this type of thing (last time over 100 people downloaded my Free Template Give Away). When you click the download links in the email, they will most likely land in the download folder of your computer, depending how you have that set up on your end. If you are not handy with computers, just show the email to a family member or a friend and they'll help you =)

The download that will be emailed to you consists of 3 items: one file is sectioned into 2 parts for home printing, another one is a full page file 17"x11" (this must be printed via a printshop) and the last one is some gluing/grouting tips. Additionally as a tip, you can add a mosaic background to your project so that you don't have to cut out the substrate shape if you are not handy with a jigsaw. Below is a screenshot of how the downloads will appear in your email, make sure to check your spam folder if you are not seeing it.
 
Let me know if you have any questions? Wishing you all Happy Mosaicing!
 
 
If you are looking for more project ideas and templates, I'm having a Holiday Sale on all my other downloads. Below are some examples of my flower designs that are also included in my Online Mosaic Flower Class, currently on sale for the Holidays.
 
 
Lastly, if you are not already making mosaics but would love to learn, don't miss the Biggest SALE Ever on my Online Mosaic Art Classes for Stained Glass. https://www.kasiamosaicsclasses.com/ Hundreds of people from across the world have enrolled and used my techniques and my approach to stained glass mosaics to bring their art, weather its a hobby or a business to the next level. My classes are designed to be beginner friendly yet have enough content to keep an intermediate student busy for months while exploring the various projects and techniques offered in each class.

 
Below are some examples of the fun projects you can explore in my "Online Mosaic Owl Class - Extended Edition". These make wonderful gifts for family and friends as well as accent art pieces for your home.


 Classes are available worldwide and have unlimited access.
Email any questions to kpolkowska@gmail.com


Saturday, November 19, 2022

Limited Time Release of the Cascade Canyon Mosaic Art Print

Its been a few years since I released my last print sale. So for this Holiday Season, I decided to go all out and currently have 4 Limited Time Options Available. All prints will be shipping in the beginning of December and once they sell out, I don't have a planned future date for adding new print options. Below is the latest addition to the Art Shop "Cascade Canyon" newly released as a 10"x20" giclee print.

Print Specs

  • This is an Archival Giclee Print signed by the Artist.
  • The Open Edition Print will be available for a Limited Time
  • It is 11″ by 21″ (actual printed image size is 10″ by 20″ with a 1/2″ white border all around – this border is typically covered by the mat of the frame though a frame with no mat can work really nicely as well – if you are unsure about what frame to order, its a good idea to wait till you receive the print.)
  • It is printed with archival inks on high quality matte paper. 

Click Here to Purchase the Print On Sale for a Limited Time 

 

This new print is based of what may be my all time favorite and special mosaic seen below with me for a sense of scale. The hand cut stained glass mosaic measured 24"x48" plus the outer hard wood frame. Next you can see the mosaic in a little more detail.

Next I'd like to share some of the inspiration behind this mosaics. It was all gathered on foot on an overnight backpacking trip in the backcountry of the Grand Teton National Park. 

In July of 2012,  Kyle and I hiked the Canyon/Paintbrush Loop where the mountain views were spectacular, especially from our backcountry campsite in the Northern section of Cascade Canyon near Lake Solitude. 

 
Everything was so lush and green, the wild flowers were blossoming everywhere – the blue and yellow ones stood out to me the most but the reds and pinks were equally impressive.  A thunderstorm was brewing as we arrived at our campsite so we held our breath as it roared. 


Following the storm a thick fog rose from the ground to fully cover the tall peaks and decrease visibility of the scenery.  Just as we watched it rise, we watched the fog fall back to the ground and reveal the spectacular scenery back to us.  
 
 
The fog kept coming and going until it fully dispersed at sunset and we got to enjoy watching the mountains be bathed in the bright light. 

We observed the marmots and the picas and even saw an antelope run across the meadow.  We fished in the lake, listened to the creek run past our camp as we enjoyed our supper and we slept under the stars.


This was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited and used a variety of views and aspects that I’ve photographed to design a scene which I hoped would convey all that I loved about it.
 

Upon returning home to Boulder, I knew that I had to imortalize this experience in a stained glass mosaic. I did a series of pencil and colored sketches and blew one up to a larger scale and dived right into choosing my glass for what would become my most labor intensive 2d mosaic project.

 Then, one by one, I began cutting and arranging the thousands of pieces of glass. 
 

I worked to jam pack this landscape with lots of fun details and textures, really wanting to push myself artistically and to create some thing really special that would reflect the magic and awe inspiring wilderness that I was so lucky to enjoy and explore.

 
 
And ofcoure, things got really tiny and really, really slow going. But I had a pretty grand vision for this and it really was a true labor of love. I look back on this mosaic and really don't imagine that I'll ever have the same amount of free time to work on something of this sort as I did in my more carefree 20s and when I was able to work for 12 hours some days, standing the whole time and cutting, tiny intricate shapes that my hands are no longer interested in doing. There is a time and a place for everything. Today, I fondly look back on this mosaic and am very happy and excited to share it as a print with those who have enjoyed my mountainous mosaic landscapes.

 
I look back on some of the photos of me on this hike, like the one below and then the one above of my hands holding a hand shaped glass circle the size of about 1/8" and it makes me remember why I worked so hard to squeeze in all these tiny pieces of glass into my composition. When I looked down on the surrounding landscape from above, I felt like each healthy, large tree could be meticulously lifted with two fingers, each boulder was a pebble and snow packs were just miniature snowballs =) I love the changing sense of scale while hiking and exploring mountainous landscapes on foot. "Cascade Canyon" for me was a monumental feat and is forever a priceless memory and a reminder of my youth.

 
Below, is another framing/matting concept for the print. It is not so sharp as I pulled it of my preferred online framing shop. Check our Frame It Easy for custom, yet affordable printing options for this print or any other art you may need to get framed and looking great! If you follow my link, you will get 10% off your order: Frame It Easy


This print is only going to be available in a limited number so don't miss your chance to add one to your collection.

Click Here to Purchase the Print On Sale for a Limited Time 

The prints do ship internationally. If you have any questions or problems with your order, email kpolkowska@gmai.com

I wasn't 100% sure about releasing "Cascade Canyon" as I did just add 3 other Limited Time Prints to my Art Shop for the Holidays. But while on an Epic Roadtrip in New Mexico last week, seeing our van against the Organ Mountains helped me make the decision =) It will be available to anyone who reserves it this week. 

 
Can you tell that I LOVE this mosaic image?!? A sticker of "Cascade Canyon" has been on the side of our van for the last 7 years! We installed it back in 2015, while on the Kasia Mosaics US Tour. Maybe you've seen it while we were traveling the country and teaching mosaic art classes? I can't believe its been so long already. We met so many wonderful folks around the country and were hosted by amazing people. Its an unforgettable experience ❤

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Art Brightens Up Even the Nicest Space

Here is a section of work from my 2022 Autumn Collection. These are mostly small to medium works (8"x10" upto 24"x24") with the exception of the larger panoramic painting below which is 24"x48". See all the available Autumn themed work in my Art Shop: https://www.kasiapolkowskashop.com/product-category/paintings-drawings/ as well as the Two Old Crows Gallery in downtown Pagosa Springs where I live.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Autumn Mountain Vista Paintings

As the Summer began nearing an end my excitement for Autumn began to grow, I embarked on a new series of landscapes - my 2022 Autumn Collection. Having lived in Colorado for over a decade now, I've gathered enough inspiration for a lifetime. It was time to put some of that to work!    

I set out to paint and the colorful vistas began to pour out of me. It was incredible to see all these scenes come together. I drew on so many beautiful memories from camping and hiking trips around the state. I've only started to paint again about 2 years ago so this was my first official series. I could not be happier with how it turned out.

 Autumn Crescent Moon, acrylic on board, 24″x48″, 2022
Available: https://www.kasiapolkowskashop.com/product/autumn-crescent-moon/

If you are browsing my blog, please let me know which Autumn Landscape is your favorite? I'd love to see what people are drawn to and why if you'd like to share - thank you for looking! I hope you have all had a beautiful Autumn filled with wonderful imagery, smells and warm treats.

My Autumn Art Sale will be coming to a closing this month, later in November. Some of these are still available for purchase which can be set up via my custom monthly payment plan and shipped internationally: https://www.kasiapolkowskashop.com/product-category/paintings-drawings/ Email any questions to kpolkowska@gmail.com
 
 
 Rosy Autumn Evening, acrylic on board, 11″x14″ , 2022 ~SOLD  
 
 
Rosy Autumn Evening II, acrylic on board, 9″x12″ , 2022 ~SOLD
 
 
 
Autumn Enchantment I, acrylic on board, 11x14″, 2022
Availabe via the Two Old Crows Gallery in Pagosa Springs, Colorado
 

Autumn Enchantment III, acrylic on board, 8″x10″, 2022
 

 Autumn Enchantment II, acrylic on board, 9"x12″, 2022
Availabe via the Two Old Crows Gallery in Pagosa Springs, Colorado
 
 
Autumn Enchantment IV, acrylic on board, 8″x10″, 2022 ~SOLD
 
 
Autumn Exuinox, acrylic on board, 24″x24″ framed , 2022
 
 
Golden Canopy, acrylic on board, 11″x14″, 2022 ~SOLD
 

The Last Bloom, acrylic on board, 9″x12″ , 2022 ~SOLD
 
 
Clearing Amid the Clouds, acrylic on board, 17″x25″ framed , 2022
Available: https://www.kasiapolkowskashop.com/product/clearing-amid-the-clouds-16x24-framed/
 
 
Milkyway Above the Aspens I, acrylic on board, 10″x8″, 2022 ~SOLD
 
 
Milkyway Above the Aspens II, acrylic on board, 10″x8″, 2022
 
 
Autumn Emerges, acrylic on board, 24″x24″ framed , 2022
 
 
Looming Autumn Storm I, acrylic on board, 10″x8″, 2022 ~SOLD
 
 
Crisp Autumn Day, acrylic on board, 46″x34″ (48″x36″framed), 2022
 
 
Looming Autumn Storm II, acrylic on board, 10″x8″, 2022
Available: https://www.kasiapolkowskashop.com/product/looming-autumn-storm-ii-10x8/
 
 Lastly I'd like to share an exciting project for which one of the above paintings has been chosen - a Set of 4 Vinyl Art Stickers. 


Saturday, November 5, 2022

Pre-Sale ~ Set of 4 Landscape Stickers

This is a limited sticker run:  A set of 4 (3.5") thick vinyl, die cut stickers of  4 of Kasia's popular mountain scene paintings: "Celestial Mountain Night", "Blue Mountain Sunset", "Sunset at Sparks Lake" and "Autumn Emerges".

Stickers will be ready to ship in early December, 2022 - International Option Available at Check-Out

Perfect for any surface - stick these on your water bottle, growler, car, bike, helmet, other gear, laptop, etc.

They are durable, dishwasher safe and weather resistant.

A UV laminate protects the stickers from the sun and scratches, keeping them from fading.

Free Shipping within the continental USA. If you are outside of the US, choose the International Shipping Surcharge of $3 for the set. Same price applies if you order more than 1 set. If you order a print with your stickers, choose the shipping option for the print only.



Pre-Order via My Art Shop Here