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Mosaic Craft

Paper mosaics are an ideal activity for beginners and will keep children entertained on a rainy day or provide some relaxation time to anyone. Creating a beautiful item from tiny pieces can be a healing process and help someone with high stress levels to just slow down a little. Enjoyment can come from making patterns and putting broken pieces together to make something special.

Relax and enjoy a drink, using your mosaic drink mats!

Relax and enjoy a drink, using your mosaic drink mats!

Healing and wellness for everyone can come from keeping busy. The elderly benefit from keeping their minds active, whether from crosswords and jigsaw puzzles or creating a colourful mosaic. It can be very therapeutic. Paper recycling is a good way to create beautiful art. The Craft Kit and Craft Activity Bag provide two cardboard squares and a paper plate on which to create paper mosaics. All you need are scissors. Glue and paper are provided.

Group activity at Jennyruth Workshops

Group activity at Jennyruth Workshops

Group activity at Jennyruth Workshops

For abstract paper mosaics, you can tear paper into shapes or cut pieces to the desired size. You can work independently on your own design. However, if required, help can be given to make an outline of the shape, choice of colours and where to glue on the pieces to make the mosaic. It is all about finding the correct balance between offering assistance and allowing freedom to work independently.

The picture on the left and in the centre have been framed with mosaic and the flower picture on the right has an abstract design from torn, green paper that gives it a soft look.

The picture on the left and in the centre have been framed with mosaic and the flower picture on the right has an abstract design from torn, green paper that gives it a soft look.

The picture on the left and in the centre have been framed with mosaic and the flower picture on the right has an abstract design from torn, green paper that gives it a soft look.

This certainly is a tactile craft – you can also use pieces of textured fabric instead of paper for the mosaic shapes.

A mosaic made from pieces of fabric

A mosaic made from pieces of fabric

A mosaic made from pieces of fabric

Interest and skill are soon developed. After practising with card, you can move on to making mosaics on MDF, plywood, unwanted tiles or old drinks coasters. They can be displayed on mini easels, which are available at reasonable prices in lots of craft shops.

Mini easels displaying mosaics made from small stones, beads and a coin.  (These items may be found at home, not included in the Craft Kit or Craft Activity Bag)

Mini easels displaying mosaics made from small stones, beads and a coin. (These items may be found at home, not included in the Craft Kit or Craft Activity Bag)

Make the most of using anything you can find at home to create a lovely mosaic picture. For example, you can use patterned paper, card, fabric, broken egg shells, beach shells, sand, pebbles, plastic/wooden/glass beads, buttons, dried pasta shapes, coins or anything else that comes to mind.

 

Mosaic art using tissue paper is another area that you may like to explore. Small pieces of tissue paper can be ripped and rolled into balls and stuck in random patterns to make either an abstract picture or something more recognisable, such as the cherry blossom tree below.

 

Using colourful tissue paper for mosaic art

Using colourful tissue paper for mosaic art

Another idea to consider is to re-use the brown paper bag of the Craft Kit and turn it into a mosaic gift bag. You can experiment using the sheets of patterned paper and fabric included or any suitable materials you can find at home.   A collage can be created with dried leaves and then given a protective coating by using non-toxic PVA glue. Special craft glues are available from craft shops to give a glossy effect.

Decorated mosaic gift bags

Decorated mosaic gift bags

With all this time spent on craft-making, it is also important not to forget about good posture. People do not always sit or stand correctly and this can encourage aches and pains if the body is not balanced. Try not to round your shoulders and spine by slouching over your work. When shoulders are more relaxed and the body is aligned correctly, it is amazing to notice the overall difference. A sloping desk support can also help to work in a more relaxed and comfortable position.

Keep a good straight back posture when enjoying your craft

Keep a good straight back posture when enjoying your craft

Woven card squares

A woven look for a coaster made from paper

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Make an outline on paper around a card square (provided in the Craft Kit) or recycle any old coaster.
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Cut out the paper square and then fold in half.
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Make evenly spaced cuts in the paper from the folded edge and continue up to 1.5 cm from the opposite edge. Draw vertical lines as guides if this helps.
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Open the paper square and take a colourful strip of paper of the same length as the square and weave it horizontally in and out of the cuts, as shown. Push the woven strip to the top of the paper square. Weave a second strip of paper next to the first but in the opposite way. Weave the next strip to match the first strip. Continue in this way until all the paper square has been covered with woven strips. Glue down the paper ends.
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The colourful strips of paper for weaving can be taken from old magazines etc. or paper in the kits.
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Woven coaster shown on card display.

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The coasters can be given a coat of PVA glue for a decorative effect and also to make them stronger.

 

PICTURE FRAMES WITH MOSAIC

1. Cut out the size of the picture frame you would like to use from the template on the website.

Three different sizes can be cut from this template

Three different sizes can be cut from this template

2. Stick the template of your choice onto card from a cereal box or any cardboard.

The largest template about to be stuck onto card

The largest template about to be stuck onto card

 

3. Cover the squares of the template with decorative paper or any material of your choosing to give a mosaic effect. Coat the mosaic with non-toxic PVA glue that dries clear.

Mosaic frames using shiny paper, card and broken egg shell

Mosaic frames using shiny paper, card and broken egg shell

4. Place a picture, photograph or colourful design in the central area within the mosaic frame and stick down.

Two finished picture frames with mosaic

Two finished picture frames with mosaic

5. Use the template on the website to make a cardboard support for your frame.

Templates on the back of the frames made from recycled cereal packets

Templates on the back of the frames made from recycled cereal packets

More mosaic ideas

Fabrics and paper can be used separately or together:

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1. Have fun by scribbling coloured patterns in all directions and colours on scraps of paper. Cut out jagged mosaic pieces from the colourful paper scribbles!

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2. A more detailed mosaic design with pieces cut from a variety of coloured paper.

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3. A mosaic of mosaics in a frame.

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