Beginning Paper Mosaics
Hi! Thanks for joining me for Beginning Paper Mosaics. So, what exactly is a "paper mosaic"? Well, we are using small bits of paper to make a larger image. That's a mosaic - made with paper - so... "Paper Mosaic"!
This course will take you step-by-step through the process of creating a paper mosaic from start to finish. You can join me and create a butterfly, or you can take what you learn and make something else. Even if you have worked in paper mosaics before, I hope you will find lots of tips that you can incorporate into your work and style.
The "Preparing Papers for Your Art" course is not a prerequisite for this course, but it is helpful to have the papers from that class to use in this one. If you don't wish to take that class, you can use other papers such as magazine papers, book papers, scrapbooking papers, etc... in this course.
You can scroll down to view the class curriculum and watch the "Welcome" video.
Let's get started!
StartLesson 1: Substrates (10:43)
StartLesson 2: Design (19:06)
StartLesson 3: Making a Paper Mosaic Part 1 (28:13)
StartLesson 4: Making a Paper Mosaic Part 2 (17:32)
StartLesson 5: Making a Paper Mosaic Part 3 (46:39)
StartLesson 6: Making a Paper Mosaic Part 4 (18:59)
StartLesson 7: Varnishing (4:23)
StartThank You! (4:13)
"This class was so much fun! Bebe has such a great teaching style, goes over all information very clearly in great detail. The supply list couldn’t be more specific. Everything is there to be successful! Plus, like I said , it’s so much fun! Thanks, Bebe!" - M
"I took your class twice in person, and now I'm taking it online. I'm a devoted student! But you know, seeing you make a mosaic is really, really helpful - thinking through layering, planning placement of shards, learning how to tear paper if you don't want the white lines, and knowing it's okay to cut pieces when you want clean lines. Plus I love seeing your kitties are in the background! Thank you for making the online classes." - P
"Your filming crew (you) is amazing. I could see everything so well. Now that I have looked at the whole series, I can start doing a project. You are such a good teacher, and I felt like I was right there with you. Thank you for doing all the steps so that they are readily understood and for adding the little "tidbits." The kittys in the background are just darling and look so cozy in that little basket. Again, you really have a great class here, and you are so natural on film." - J
"Finally finished this class. So much great info. I especially like the tips about tissue paper. I used it for a piece and helped get rid of the "flat" look. Thanks so much!!" - J
These testimonials from former in-person students...
"Thank you for a fun day of learning and creating," - P
"You are a skilled and patient instructor!" - A
"I am ready to sign up again! Bebe was engaging and so fun! Thank you!" - D
"Thank you! It was a well-structured class, the setting was great, I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the day." - P
"I took this class yesterday and it was not only packed full of great tips and inspiration, the instructor was awesome! She has another class open. If you want to expand your artistic horizons I highly recommend." - J
"Great class, Bebe. Thank you!!" - N
"Learned some great techniques. So happy with my finished piece. Thanks Bebe!" - J
"Thanks for the fun class today." - S
"Got my creative juices going again with Bebe Keith. Thanks! Great class!" - J
"I want to thank you for the delightful day of creativity! We all had such fun." - J
"I loved your class yesterday! Thanks so much for your great teaching and enthusiasm for our fledgling projects. I learned a lot by observing your artistry and getting a chance to be hands on in the paper-making techniques and in creating my own "art" piece. It was fun to see the variety of collage projects among our group." - B
"Thank you for a fun day of learning and creating," - P
Beginning Paper Mosaics Supply List
The supplies listed here can be replaced by different brands, and you might not need everything listed here. You can come up with your own ideas, too, to supplement this list. These are ideas to get you started on your creative journey!
Bare minimum list: thick paper for your base, magazines to rip up, ModPodge, a paintbrush, scissors.
More extended supply list:
Lesson 1 – Substrates:
What you use for your base is up to your own personal choice after watching the lesson. Below is my favorite…
· Ampersand Hardbord (Item #14941-1212 Dick Blick) Comes in many sizes
· Golden Gloss Medium for the sealer (Item #00628-1115 Dick Blick)
· Golden Gesso (Item #00628-1175 Dick Blick)
· Foam Brushes
Lesson 2 – Design:
· Sketch paper
· Optional: Carbon paper, tracing paper, scissors
Lesson 3 through Lesson 6 – Making a Paper Mosaic:
· ModPodge (Item # 10047537 Michaels)
· Papers for ripping, cutting, gluing. You can use painted papers from the course "Preparing Papers for your Art" or simply use magazines and other found papers
· Brush - I use CraftSmart brand brushes. They are $8 at Michaels but they don't seem to have them on their website. The bristles are called "taklon" and they are great to use with ModPodge.
· Low lid for holding ModPodge
· Tracing paper
· Xacto knife
· Cutting mat
· Thin Black Sharpie
Lesson 7 – Varnishing:
· Liquitex Gloss Varnish (Item #61670 Jerry's Artarama)
· Foam brush
· Cup for varnis
Bebe Barbara Benson Keith is a mixed media artist in St. Paul, MN. She began her professional art career as a glass mosaic artist and created over 500 pieces, large and small. These days she’s deep into paper mosaic collages and loves it!
She has also been kept busy as a public artist, designing and creating works for hospitals, universities, libraries, an event center, the MSP airport and more.
She has published three books illustrated in glass mosaics. You can find them on her artist website at BebeKeith.com.