by Shelley Schenker, WLOS “Craft Corner”, Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014
1 Heavy Duty board in size of your choice for your work (Cardboard, foam core, thin Wood like Luan® plywood)
Tracing Paper (for those who have less-than-stellar drawing skills)
Magazine pages with large sections of color
- Decide on your design and draw the outline on your board. This is where tracing paper can come in handy – or you can use the grid method if you find a cool picture. When considering ideas, consider clear photos that excite you (of your own or from the Internet). You can even get inspiration from a high end coloring book!
- Once you have your pattern sketched out on your board decide the colors you’ll be wanting to use and start going through magazines to gather your “color palate”. As you find colors and textures you can use, pull out the entire page and set aside. To be sure you have enough of each desired color lay the torn out pages overlapping on top of the area you want to mosaic.
- Rip your colored pages into small pieces and glue to your board with a drop of Elmer’s, overlapping them to fill in the areas of to your drawing/outline – I like to start with the sharp lines and details first – and remember that to achieve the look of thin lines or details you and always start with a thicker line and overlap a new color to make the details.
- I suggest that you save the background for last. This way you can “test” background colors once your main object (be it an animal, heart, flower or mountains) is in place. You may find that a lighter or darker background makes your focal point “pop” more.
- I always frame my pieces under protective glass or plexi, but if you don’t glass, you may want to coat it with some kind of decopauge medium.