With the new year, I am hoping to learn some new techniques with my mosaics and smalti is one of them. I am scheduled for a one day smalti class at the Chicago Mosaic School in a couple of weeks. (This was one of the raffle prizes at the mosaic conference last year and I won! Was scheduled to go in October but then had to cancel and next class is in January). Weather permitting, I plan to drive in for the weekend and attend the class.
BUT, I have never worked with smalti and am a little nervous about it. So this question is for those who have. I am asking for any tips or suggestions. I would like to have some idea before hand on what to do for a design. I can not draw, so should I have some type of pattern ready? I know they will address these questions once I am there, but I would like to do a little research ahead of time so I don't seem so lost.
Thanks for any help.