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We are a voluntary social networking forum created to provide a platform for mosaicists of all levels to participate in sharing and discussing their mosaic endeavours. Our aim is to encourage and support our members' participation in our network and activities. Because we are a social networking organisation, MASA's code of ethics and intent do not include monitoring and/or endorsing the professional standards, quality or workmanship of any of it's members.

We welcome all who enjoy mosaics and would like to share their passion, experience and knowledge with others.

MASA strives to promote, develop and encourage mosaic art in all forms, shapes and media.


FORUM: This is where you want members to debate a topic or contribute to the discussion with an opinion - how they feel, see or experience a mosaic or mosaic related question. Always best to ask a question to get members thinking about how to respond.


BLOG: This is where you share personal stories and experiences, rant or rave about things relating to mosaic art. You don't particularly want to debate the issue because it is YOUR story, but members are welcome to comment and express their support.

HELP GROUP: If you wish to get ANY contribution from members with regards a technical aspect of mosaic, start a new discussion here. Please check to see if the issue has been discussed before to ensure that you are not duplicating discussions. If you require any advice, suggestions based on HOW TO aspects that require practical applications - this is the place to start your new discussion.


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Cher Manning is a Founder Member of the Mosaic Association South Africa and remains part of the management team of the social network and MASA activities. We asked Cher to share her mosaic philosophy and journey with us:

Mosaic-98 MARMADUKE (2008) and Mosaic-192 DUBE (2009
(Marmaduke reproduced with kind permission of Moira MacMurray)

What started you in mosaics or drew you to the mosaic art form?
I have always loved working with my hands and tried a number of crafts including Scrapbooking, Fabric Painting, Beading and even Decoupage! It was only when they tried to steal my car in December 2005 and someone asked if they could have all the shattered windscreen glass “to stick down in interesting patterns” that something in my brain clicked.
My local craft shop supplied me with the wrong information, wrong materials and wrong tools with which to make outdoor ashtrays for a jacuzzi being installed. In spite of having to cut 25mm tiles with a pistol grip tile scorer and snapper, it did not stop me from having huge amounts of fun and getting addicted to mosaic!

Mosaic-203 AUTUMN LEAVES (2010)
Inspired by the photograph "Autumn Cycle" by Robin Rowlands

What inspires you and/or keeps you mosaicking?
Not having an art or design background, I used to feel at a disadvantage of not being able to come up with spectacular original art or designs. So, the next best thing was to reproduce a design and put my own interpretation or creativity to work in creating the mosaic.
Inspiration comes from the most unexpected directions and of course being challenged to create a mosaic for a specific purpose or with a specific theme causes hours of research and pondering on a design – which in itself is huge fun!



MASA @ Hobby-X (Johannesburg) 2014

Started by Donja Leegwater in General Interest. Last reply by Abby Bezuidenhout Mar 14. 11 Replies

To all mosaic enthusiasts in Gauteng, my advice to you all is.....GET TO HOBBY-X to see the MASA stand (block E)!We all know that the photos on the site just never really seem to do justice to your work...and this is so evident at the MASA stand! I just helped Cher put finishing touches to the stand on Wednesday afternoon and I was absolutely blown away by every piece of mosaic that we were (kindly) given to put on display. The Portchie mosaics particularly are just mind blowing when you see them in "real life".The whole stand just vibrates with colour, creativity and beauty.If you get a chance, go and see the stand  - you will be so proud to belong to MASA and are sure to be inspired by what you see there.MASA @ Hobby-X (Johannesburg) 2014 AlbumContinue

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A Special thank you the the MASA Team

Started by Karin Stanford in General Interest. Last reply by MASA Feb 23. 1 Reply

I do not envy the Masa team for all the work that you do and I would like to thank you all so much for the voluntary time you all put into MASA, I think it is great that there are people like you who are prepared to help, guide and arrange everything that you do.  Without MASA we would be floundering along on our own doing our own thing.  I know I need the competitions so that I can learn new techniques, get to know people, see how other interpret a theme and on top of it all I totally enjoy the challenge.  To me it is not always about winning, but the challenge of getting it done in a certain way and within a certain time period.  So once again to the MASA Team a very big thank you.  You are appreciated.Take care, love much and be safe out there.Continue

Competition Rules

Started by Wendy Whitaker in General Interest. Last reply by Karin Wainwright Feb 28. 13 Replies

This is really bothering me - in the rules and guidelines it says.first ,second, third place. Now there's only first place. I feel that second and third place is just as good as first - it gives you something to work towards in next competition, but now there's only first place. I don't feel and cant explain the word to work on the next competition as Ii now I wont come if there's only first place.Does any one feel the same?You always had 1,2,3 in every competition I've  done with MASA!.Continue

Copyright - a moral dilemma?

Started by Cher Manning in General Interest. Last reply by Thomas Groenewald Mar 16. 4 Replies

With all the discussions regarding copyright and the often emotional response to being the victim of copyright infringement, I was wondering if there was not perhaps another way to deal with the issue.A friend on Facebook shared a photograph of a pretty mosaic that had no artist name either embedded or attached to the photograph. I searched through Google under various words to match the mosaic, and although I found copies of the photograph either on Pinterest or similar sites, again there was no mention of the artist. I eventually shared the photograph with our group with the comment "unknown artist" and within a very short time, another member returned with the proper title and name of the artist. I amended my post accordingly:)A few days later I was a approached by a client to copy the mosaic for her. I researched and found the artist and wrote to them, introducing myself and requesting permission to copy the specific mosaic, undertaking the following:At no time would the mosaic be…Continue


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Bouquet for the elderly

Posted by Karin Stanford on April 8, 2014 at 9:30 2 Comments

Inspired by the launch of this community service project, I thought I would share the following extract from a poem I have kept close to me for a long time.....

And I think of the years and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old woman ...and nature is cruel;

'Tis jest to make old age look like a fool.

The body, it crumbles, grace and vigour depart,

There is now a stone where I once had a heart.…


All fired up for "bouquet for the elderly"

Posted by Donja Leegwater on March 17, 2014 at 9:31 4 Comments

I am feeling all inspired by the bouquet for the elderly project that is currently in progress and have decided to set myself 2 personal challenges for this project:

1. First "real thing" mosaic and

2. First use of grout in one of my mosaics.

My usual mosaic work is more on the abstract side because I have a fear of trying to mosaic "real things".  Having zero art training or experience (other than the RTFM (read the flippin' manual) kind) I just know that any…



Posted by Tina Schilling on March 3, 2014 at 10:30 0 Comments

Hi Masa...
I am still here believe it or not...not done much mosaicing work but still want to be a member.....xx

My name is Karin and I am an addict!

Posted by Karin Stanford on February 23, 2014 at 10:27 2 Comments

Yes, I have become addicted to Mosaics and my work is now interfering with my mosaic time and I am not happy about it!


I am a health and safety practitioner and have my own business and this week we have major mining audits coming up, which means I am leaving at 05h00 and returning home anywhere between 18h00 to 22h00, which leaves me only an hour each morning to work on my mosaics, ah well, I am sure I can get away with just 4 hours sleep!   I have 4 projects going at the…


My Portchie Experience

Posted by Allison Samantha Adams-Witbooi on February 22, 2014 at 8:48 9 Comments

This is a bit  of a lengthy tale, but I just HAVE to share with someone!  

When I saw the post for the competition, my first instinct was to 'Accept'. This would be my very first mosaic competition ever!

In the beginning of January however, I realised that I would not be able to make it in time for the deadline. I changed my RSVP to 'Not attending '. I think,  mostly because I did not know where to start. For some reason (or perhaps every possible right reason), I started on a…



Posted by Karin Stanford on January 8, 2014 at 10:51 2 Comments

Normally my December is very busy as I try and get my annual reports finished.  This year, however, with the help of my daughter we managed to get the reports finished and out before the 16th of December, which left me with 3 weeks of free time. Okay, so one week was spent spring cleaning, throwing out everything that has not been used, touched or looked for during the year.  

Then I spent the next two weeks indulging in my favourite activities.  Reading and doing mosaics.  I got…


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