Mosaic Art with Paper

For those that are slightly intimidated by working with traditional mosaic materials, here’s a chance to get your feet wet without having to plunge into a pool of tile adhesive and grout.  We’ll achieve a finished mosaic art piece, by using only paper and glue with this technique.  I’ve chosen a simple, abstract sun design, to be used with an assortment of neon-colored papers. A piece of 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 black card stock will serve as the substrate and grout lines for my mosaic piece.


I first sketched my design on paper, using two circle templates for accuracy.  I free-handed the rest of the design and then traced over it with a sheet of tracing paper.  I flipped the tracing paper over and went over all the lines with pencil lead.  Now that the paper was “loaded”, I could turn the paper right side up and trace and transfer the shapes onto the colored paper pieces.


I started with the center swirl shape and traced it on the white paper.  After cutting it out, I used a glue stick to secure it in the center of the black card stock.  The next shapes I glued down were the triangular yellow sun’s rays.  The periwinkle-colored pieces that represented the sky, completed the basic circle design.  By leaving space between the colored shapes, the black paper reads as grout in the overall piece.


The addition of orange into the yellow, further defined the sun’s fiery rays.  Two different-size hole punches were used for the rainbow of neon colors in the center white swirl.  I’m not gonna lie, this was understandably the most tedious part of the project.  It took a lot of time and patience to adhere each tiny circle with white glue, but the result was worth it.  I found that my ball-point burnisher helped in positioning the small circles to the card stock.  The concept is the same for traditional mosaics: keep your design simple by using less-complex patterns.  Whether you use ceramic pieces and grout or paper and glue, your completed art piece will shine just the same!


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