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Paper Mosaic from a Drawing
Jul 8th, 2010 by Craftylocks

There are lots of ways to create a mosaic from paper, this technique is one of the simplest.

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I love the effect of paper mosaics, I think the little gaps between the pieces of paper give the picture a great vibrancy. It is one of the paper crafts for children that has many routes to success. This version is easy as you can work with any picture the child wants to draw.

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To give it the mosaic effect, rule up some squares in the background of the picture and color them in with alternate colors.

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Once the whole thing is colored in, cut a the picture into the squares you have ruled up. Work with a row at a time to make it easier to keep track of where you are up to. Glue the squares onto your backing paper which can be any color you wish.

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I like black as it gives a definite, dramatic edge to each square.

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Cubomania Mania
Jun 23rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

This form of collage captured the attention of my husband who wanted to have a go too! After a few false starts, we have another cubomania collage.

I think the mathematical structure of this type of collage was the appeal. So after watching the creation of our first Cubomania Collage, he found a suitable picture and started on his plan. He wanted to create an actual picture by rearranging the shapes. The first step was to rule the back of the chosen magazine picture all up into nice little squares. We had discussed that having small squares would enable a more detailed picture.

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But after sitting and looking at all the squares we realized that he would not be able to tell which was front and which was back, and it would be awfully fiddly! So he cut his squares twice as large as originally planned and that meant each square had red lines crossing it on the reverse – so he knew his front from his back.

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I headed out to do some jobs and when I came back the first draft was all laid out. Not wanting to squash his enthusiasm for the project, I tried to find out what it was that he had created – for those like me that could not tell – it is a spoon! Hmmm, welll. .., we decided that we could not really see that.

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I suggested that perhaps a more recognizable shaped like an eye, or a heart or something like that may work better, but by this stage all cubomania enthusiasm was well and truly over. So we went for a layering up of colors instead. The final piece has been named ‘Antarctic Landscape’.

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So our thoughts on cubomania as a paper craft for children are to not try too hard! Just cut, rearrange into random pleasing pattern, and then decide what it is that you have created. We will leave the detailed images to the dedicated artists out there!

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Yummy Foods Collage
Jun 15th, 2010 by Craftylocks

One of the classic paper arts / crafts for children – cutting pictures out of magazines to make a collage around a theme.

My daughter was delighted at the opportunity to cut pictures out of one of my treasured magazines after I had been sent an overlap copy when renewing a subscription. She managed to find some lovely deserts but not a single vegetable that she thought looked yummy, fancy that! Oh well, she did find a nice bit of steak that she thought looked good. We then chose some paper to use as the place-mat and cut out a plate, knife and fork to make our paper table setting.

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After a last minute change of place-mat pattern she arranged and glued it all together. I think this would look fabulous if a classroom of them was displayed on the wall. Another idea we will try is creating our own patterned paper to use for the place-mat.

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Cubomania Collage
Jun 12th, 2010 by Craftylocks

We had fun giving our abstract art parts of our brains a bit of a workout with this form of collage.

I had been sent a double up of a magazine I subscribe too, so now we can do magazine collage! I cannot bear to cut up my old cooking, garden and craft magazines, they are too lovely and I might just look back at them one day! Well I might!! But with two copies I am happy to turn one into lots of magazine collages. The first page was sacrificed for a cubomania experiment. Cubomania is a form of collage where a picture is cut up into squares and then reassembled. Ideally you would measure and carefully cut so that all your squares are the same size, but as this is paper crafts for children and my daughter was keen to get started – she folded the picture up to make lines for cutting. So I thought we would go with that have uneven oblongs instead – I wonder if that is called ‘randomshapeomania’?

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This inspired my husband to test his craftiness and have a go himself – he had mixed results! See how he did trying this paper craft at Cubomania Collage

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Shapes Flower Picture
May 24th, 2010 by Craftylocks

A very handy technique for creating a flower from shapes

shapes-flowers-pictureLots of paper crafts for children involve making a simple picture out of shapes. I love it when the children use their own imagination and experiment to create their own picture. However sometimes it is fun to learn a a different technique for creating a really effective image from very simple shapes. To create this flower picture you just need some cut out blobs of decreasing sizes. Younger children may find it easier to draw the stalk and stems rather than make them out of cut-out paper as well. The shapes that we used for this picture are below. Another example of a flower shapes picture is on our Easy Pop-up Card.

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Tissue Paper Collage
May 23rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Tissue paper is a great paper for children to craft with!

tissue-paper-collage1Tissue paper comes in lot of lovely colors and is so much fun to tear and scrunch and layer. With this craft the children will sandwich the tissue paper between two bits of clear contact plastic to create a collage that can be used in so many different ways. To appreciate the transparency of the tissue paper use the collaged images to attach to windows or as a mobile in the children’s room. However this technique can also be used to make bookmarks or inserts for gift cards.

To create the collage you need some contact plastic – sometimes called ‘coverseal’, it is clear plastic that is sticky on one side. I cut out a piece twice the size of my planned collage and folded it in half. I pulled off the protective paper and arranged my tissue paper on one side of the contact plastic. Then I closed the other side over to seal the tissue paper in.

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The basic technique is pretty simple but I did have some issues with it, and it did not work as nicely as I hoped every time, sometimes bits of tissue would move and jump as I sealed the plastic. That is what happened with the final example here. The plastic also rarely sealed without wrinkles. I do not think that a big problem though. I also think that with practice and more care than I took it would work better. But I am interested in how easy it is for children, who like me, would not be interested in lots of practice or fiddling around to get it to work. All that said, I still think it is worth doing!

If you want to try some other tissue paper crafts for children I have a few more as I find tissue paper irresistible! Have a look at Hand and Scrunched Tissue Paper Tree, Easy Tissue Paper Flowers, and another cool tree idea Spring Blossom Tree.

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