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Yarlside Nursery and Primary School Mosaic Stepping Stones Project

Yarlside Nursery and Primary School
Mosaic Stepping Stones Project

Yarlside Nursery and Primary School in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria invested in one of our school project packs for the autumn term 2013. They wanted to create a colourful set of stepping stones for their new wildlife area, so they chose the ‘Mosaic Stepping Stone Pack for 30‘.

Mosaic Stepping Stone Pack for 30

Mosaic Stepping Stone Pack for 30

A year on, they still had enough materials left in their pack to run a second project and make another set of brilliant stepping stones. They sent me these photos of their talented pupils with the fabulous work that they made this time. There must be quite a lot of expertise at Yarlside Primary School by now. I wonder what projects they’ll tackle next?

Yarlside Nursery and Primary School Mosaic Stepping Stones Project

Yarlside Nursery and Primary School
Mosaic Stepping Stones Project

“With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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January Sales at MakeMosaicTrace’s Online Shop!!!


I’ve decided to keep up with the (other) giants of commerce and have a JANUARY sale!!!

 

MOSAIC STEPPING STONE KITS – reduced from £34 to £28 for the whole of January!!!

DRAGONFLY Mosaic Stepping Stone Kit

DRAGONFLY Mosaic Stepping Stone Kit

Dragonfly Mosaic Stepping Stone being cast in the plastic mould

Dragonfly Mosaic Stepping Stone being cast in the plastic mould

There’s a new design in the collection – the Blue Tit designed by Rosalind Wigley, at 11 years old, the Special Edition SHEEP (reduced from £40 to £36 – its a larger format stepping stone) as well as the original collection that you can see here:

Available designs for the Mosaic Stepping Stone Kit

Available designs for the Mosaic Stepping Stone Kit

In addition to the pre-measured materials, equipment and detailed instructions included in the kit that make this process so accessible, you can watch a demo video on Youtube to see how the consistency of the mixes should look etc. Its great fun, as you can see from these Y2 youngsters having a go:

Making Mosaic Stepping Stones

Making Mosaic Stepping Stones

Also in my January sale, you can pick up any design in the collection of wall mosaic kits at the unique January price of £20!!

Bakewell Tart Mosaic Kit

Bakewell Tart Mosaic Kit

The current collection has 8 designs to choose from. The mosaics that you can make with them are 17cm x 17cm, which is the same format that I used to make these two mosaics:

Fresh as a Daisy

Fresh as a Daisy

Rubro oculo Mancunian operarius - Red-eyed Mancunian Worker (bee

Rubro oculo Mancunian operarius – Red-eyed Mancunian Worker (bee)

So, what are you waiting for? NOW is the time to get started!!!!

 

 

It Looks and Feels Better When You Work at it Together


Why not get together with your neighbours and do something positive to unite your community and create a beautiful, colourful focal point that everybody can enjoy and be proud of?

Community Mosaic, Openshaw, Manchester

Community Mosaic, Openshaw, Manchester

The project can include fun practical mosaic workshops where young, old and every age in between can work together.

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If you’d like to be involved in a neighbourhood mosaic project, get in touch today and we can have a chat about how to get started!!

e-mail me at: tracey.cartledge@o2.co.uk

January School Special Offer for Mosaic Stepping Stones Project ends in 2 days


Spring is on its way and we’ll soon be able to enjoy the sunshine and spend some time in the great outdoors. Now is the time to plan projects and activities for school grounds improvements, maybe creating new garden areas – a sensory garden, perhaps – and this special offer might just be perfect for your school.

Dragonfly Mosaic Stepping Stone being cast in the plastic mould

Dragonfly Mosaic Stepping Stone being cast in the plastic mould

The project involves having me (Tracey) in your school for three consecutive days to facilitate the design and making of a set of 15 large mosaic stepping stones, involving up to a maximum of 30 pupils. It’s great fun, completely absorbing and an excellent project for encouraging team work skills.

School Mosaic Stepping Stone Project

Y2 pupils making mosaic stepping stones at Templemoor Infant School in Sale, Cheshire

This month I was in Grange Park School in Kent to work with Y7 and Y8 pupils who made a beautiful collection of mosaic stepping stones for their new sensory garden. For each of the three groups making stepping stones we had a team of four Y10 mentors to assist us. This worked very well and is a model I would encourage other schools to consider.

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The usual price for this package is £1200.00. It includes a day and a half for essential pre-project preparation as well as the three days in school and all the materials and safety equipment provided. However, as my monthly special offer to schools, orders placed in January will be at the discounted price of £950.00. Please note, I take bookings for schools outside of Greater Manchester but will provide a very reasonable quote for travel expenses and accommodation, if necessary.

Magnificent Mosaic Stepping Stones – Workshop at Hulme Community Garden Centre


We had such a lovely day at Hulme Garden Centre, making our mosaics in the straw bale classroom. The group was a friendly bunch – 5 in total – and everybody made a mosaic stepping stone. The quickest workers also made mosaic wall plaques and the others had time to make an extra stepping stone – smaller and more abstract – whilst these were getting completed.

lots of hard work and concentration……..

using tile nippers to cut accurate shapes…..

making careful colour choices……..we had so many to choose from!

deciding on details and finishing touches……

and here’s how they’re looking after a light clean……(still setting)

Jude’s sail boat

Carey’s heart with initials

Mareen’s floral design

Russell’s dragonfly

Maureen’s abstract piece

Anita’s abstract piece with heart motif

My frog

Anita’s butterfly

Your Comments:

“Wow don’t they look great Tracey I had a great day and really pleased with the stepping stones. I thought the venue was also really good. Thanks very much, best wishes Maureen”

 

“Hi Tracey
The mosaics look fab!
Russell & I really enjoyed the session.
(Russell was seeing mosaics when he closed his eyes…you’ve really inspired him back into doing art himself!!)
Could we please also order 2 large, 2 medium and 2 small stepping stone moulds and 2 pairs of nippers and collect at the same time we collect our ‘works of art!’.
Many thanks,
Anita & Russell”

Our next workshop at Hulme Community Garden Centre is on Saturday 9th June when we’ll be making mosaic plant pots for the garden. Again, we’ll use frost resistant ceramic tiles and glass mosaics as well. Fancy joining us?

Here’s where to book: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products?tags=Week-end+Mosaic+Courses

Photos by Matilda Wigley, Rosalind Wigley and Tracey Cartledge

Make a Mosaic Stepping Stone with us on May 26th!!


If you watched any of those programmes in the series ‘Love Your Garden’ with old Alan Titchmarsh or if you’re a fan of Kirties Allsopp’s ‘Homemade Home’ you might have seen beautiful mosaics creating a focal point in various gorgeous gardens. Did you fancy having a go yourself? Didn’t get round to it? Well, opportunity is here knocking on your door – come and join us at Hulme Community Garden Centre on 26th and make one under expert supervision – you’ll even get a FREE GIFT mosaic kit to take home with you as well!!!

The workshop starts at 10.00am in the Straw Bail classroom – I believe that it is the first of its type in Manchester but please correct me if you know otherwise! We’ll spend some time working out the design for your mosaic inlay and then you’ll get to work creating the mosaic on a template. Plenty of help will be given at every stage, so don’t worry if you are a complete beginner, you won’t be alone. The frost resistant cinch tiles come in a fabulous range of colours, so you will have plenty of choice for your design.

Once your mosaic design is complete, you will mix concrete and mortar and use these mixes to cast your stepping stone, complete with your mosaic inlay. Its great fun – just like making mud pies except with permanent and more beautiful results!! These stepping stones are wonderfully durable and will last for many decades in your garden. All the equipment will be there for you. People always work at different speeds with mosaic so if you like to take your time and spend the full session on this project, you can do. Nobody will rush you. If, however, you’re a speedy worker there will be a bonus opportunity to try out a few other mosaic techniques too.

Each participant attending this workshop will also receive a gift to take home. To help keep up your new skills, you’ll be given a funky little mosaic fridge magnet kit that you can complete at your leisure. They make great gifts for friends’ birthdays….

The price of the workshop is £84.00, inclusive of all materials and regular refreshments. Online booking is easy, just follow this link: BOOK WORKSHOP NOW

For more information and a booking form, please e-mail me as soon as possible at tracey.cartledge@o2.co.uk or phone me on 0161 860 0387. Places are limited!!