Getting crafty with Bit By Bit Mosaic

by Karisa

So about two weekends ago my arty side was challenged with a mosaics workshop thanks to Bit by Bit Mosaic.  Mosaics is actually something I’d always wanted to try, but just didn’t really know how or where to start…

Now thanks to Bit by Bit founder and mosaic designer, Kerry Atherstone, I can proudly say that I’m a complete pro (OK, that might be taking it a “bit” too far, but I definitely left there with a good foundation to go on and create cool things on my own).

Over and above the Mosaic 101 workshop which I attended (and roped my friend Kim into as support), Kerry also does a mural fabrication workshop covering an advanced-mesh technique.  Then she also does team building events, bachelorette parties, and kids parties during which the little ones each get a very cool mosaic kit with one of 9 easy design choices for them to complete.

OR you can contact her for private/custom commissions.  In fact, she’s currently working on a very exciting project for the new Haarlem & Hope cafe (owned by Madame Zingara) which is scheduled to open in the Company’s Garden during November. (Read more about that on Cape Town Magazine over here)

An example of Kerry’s private commission work… beautiful right?

Now back to that workshop…  It’s perfect for complete beginners like myself and during the workshop you will learn all about the different types of tiles and materials that you use, as well as how to cut & shape your tiles, what adhesives to use, and then finally how to grout & clean your mosaic piece.

All you need to bring is a pair of latex gloves, an empty container for your grout (like a yogurt container or something similar) and then a design inspiration if you have one (or simply let your creativity flow).  All other materials and tools are provided by Kerry and she even throws in some welcome snacks and a light lunch.

You can then choose between the following projects:

  • Small square mirror
  • Heart or Cupcake wood cut out
  • House number, hot pot stand, name plaque

I chose a heart, not just because I’m heart obsessed, but also because it seemed a little simpler to attempt than the other options…

Kerry teaching us about different materials & techniques… that tile cutter looks pretty scary, but if I could work with it without impaling myself, you’ll be totally fine #promise

Then you select your tile colours and you’re on your way…

Lot’s of concentration going on there… while the lovely Kerry makes sure we’re staying on track…

Kim’s masterpiece on the left and mine on the right…

And then this was our final products after grouting it, leaving it to dry (ours were dry by early evening) and then polishing it clean. I have to say I was rather impressed with what we achieved…

Mine’s going up on my wall in my lounge.  Kim’s still deciding on a good spot for hers.  But ja, this was a really fun experience & one which I can highly recommend to anyone who’s been wanting to get a bit more creative.

The workshops do require a minimum of 5 people and booking is essential.  They don’t follow any strict calendar schedule, instead you can just contact Kerry and she’ll let you know whether there’s one you can join, or she’ll put you on a waiting list until she has enough people.

Then other important details to take note of:

  • Cost: R400 per person or R350pp when booking for 2 people
  • Time: 9:30am-2pm
  • Venue: 39 Duke Street, Observatory

Interested in trying your hand at some mosaics?  Or wanna book a kids party/event/private commission?  Contact Kerry on:

  • Phone:  079 042 3908
  • Email:



Elrese Oct 22, 2014 - 8:52 pm

That wall is magnificent! I’d love to do mosaic work, we’re planning to move within the next year and this has given me a really good idea, although I’m not sure I’m creative enough to do such a big project. I’ll have to bring the big guns (aka mom) in haha.

Karisa Oct 23, 2014 - 9:05 am

Yeah, that wall is quite something. But you should also see some of the other things she’s done. She’s definitely very creative. But I highly recommend doing the workshop (and take your mom along). It really gives you a good base to work from. 🙂


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