diMosaico Stone Sample Board

diMosaico Stone Sample Board

MDM Smalti Sample Board

MDM Smalti Sample Board


Value/Gradient/Color Mixing Skills for Mosaics

This is a one day course scheduled immediately the day after and usually taken as an extension of the Drawing Andamenti and Tessellation for Mosaics 3-Day course.

In this one day course you will learn how to identify the “value” of a color (or it’s Light/Medium/Dark quality) and once understood how to apply your knowledge for selecting the colors of smalti or stone materials to use in your own projects. We will also discuss how to estimate the amounts of each color to order from distributors when working in these classical materials.

This course includes exercises in recognizing the "value" of a mixture of color and organizing them into a gradient from light to dark. There will be exercises in basic and advanced methods of gradient and color mixing with tesserae.

Finally, students bring in their own images, in both color and black and white versions, of a project (s) they wish to make into a mosaic in the future Using their pre-purchased color sample boards students select and build a working palette of color and order amounts for their project (s). This is a somewhat loose mathematical formula and is the final exercise. Some students easily understand the formula and choose to do this on their own time at home and some students choose to remain to work this out in class.

Students’ images may be of photos, personal paintings, figurative or abstract; anything goes; it is your project you will be preparing for. Though not necessary, it is advised to bring at least one image/idea with strong contrast in value.

This class is a series of exercises on paper and one small color mixing sample in stone and smalti. No actual mosaics will be made. Students will go home with handouts and all exercises they complete.

Students, if interested in the final exersise,  are responsible to pre-purchase their own sample boards for the materials they wish to use in building the color palette for the images they bring in. I do not dictate which materials you wish to purchase sample boards for, however diMosacios’s stone sample board and one smalti board are a good place to start if you are interested in working with these two materials in the future.  These are important investments and make future ordering of materials easier. Upon your sign up for the workshop we will send you resources for purchasing boards.

The $30 supply fee payable to instructor covers handouts, 1/2 lb each of stone and smalti,  prepared workboard and other exercise materials.

Below are addresses for ordering a Stone sample board as well as Smalti sample boards from MDM color palette at diMosaico, Orsoni color palette at MosaicSmalti.com, or Perdomo Mexican Smalti at Smalti.com.


Stone Sample Board: 



MDM Smalti Sample Board: 



Orsoni Smalti Sample Board:



Perdomo Mexican Smalti Sample Board


MKMosaics Studio-San Francisco, CA

Value/Gradient/Color Mixing Skills for Mosaic



Semi-private rate: $250

Private rate: $300

Materials Fee: $30 paid on first day

Register: kruzline@gmail.com

Classes at MKMosaics Studio are kept to a maximum of 3-4 students. To run a class must have a minimum amount of 2 students.
Please do not delay in signing up. 
Many people come in from all over the United States for class and need to make travel arrangements.

Class is a go when the minimum amount of students sign up. 
If the minimum amount of 2 students is not met one month prior to the course, I will contact any student signed up to ask if they would like to pay the “private” rate and keep the class as scheduled. If the single student does not wish this, the class will be cancelled and they will have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.

Deposits, Tuition and materials fees are refundable up to 30 days prior to the start of the class. 

If student cancels after 4 weeks from class start date a refund will be made minus $50.00.
We will take payments for class with last payment to be made one month before class. 

Please contact me at kruzline@insf.net to make arrangements.

My studio is located in an artist’s collective called “The Point” in the Hunter’s Point Shipyard in the Bayview area of San Francisco. Though it is accessible by Public Transportation, this area takes quite a while to commute to and from, therefore it is advisable to have a car. Once registration and payment are received I will send you more detailed information about your course and how to get here.


Held at diMosaico-Tucson, AZ

October 14, 2018




$30 Material