Monday, December 24, 2012

Easy Mosaic Wall Art Tutorial

Be an artist and create a beautiful and creative masterpiece by using my free printable Mosaic Template and recycling magazine scraps.  I had a lot of fun sitting around this holiday season and lazily glueing this project together while spending time with my family.  It's so simple that you don't have to worry about messing up either—the goal of this project is just to relax, enjoy and let your creativeness flow!

I also hope you'll like my hand-drawn illustration of a girl walking in the rain with an umbrella.  I was inspired to create it after seeing local artwork and watching the constant drizzle of rain here in Oregon.  Even though grey weather can be a bit boring, it does make the perfect excuse to stay inside with a warm cup of hot chocolate and throw a craft party!

Materials: Click and print free Mosaic Template, scissors, decoupage or glue, a foam brush, a thick piece of paper, and some magazine scraps (you'll need both fine print and colors)

Step One:  Search through some old magazines and focus on one color that comes in a variety of shades (I chose green).  Once you collect a handful of scraps, organize them into three piles by shade: light, medium, and dark.  Then, cut the pieces into small squares, about 1 centimeter long.

Step Two:  Print the free Mosaic Template I created and apply a thin layer of decoupage or glue to a section of the drawing (it's easier if you work in small sections and go from top to bottom).

Step Three:  You'll notice the template drawing has thee different shades: dark, medium, and light. These correspond with the mosaic tiles you cut earlier—it's the same basic idea as paint by number!  In dark areas, apply small pieces of dark tiles and vice versa in other sections.

Step Four:  Continue this process until you're done filling in the picture.

Step Five:  Once you're done glueing the tiles, cut the girl out with scissors, following along the edges.  Then, set aside to dry for a while.

Step Six:  Meanwhile, cut scraps of magazine that have lettering and fine prints on them.  Then, glue them onto a thick piece of paper and let it dry.

Step Seven:  Glue the mosaic girl onto the magazine print background.  If you want, write an inspirational quote on the background.  By cutting out scraps of pink paper, I spelled out "Everything will be OK".

Step Eight:  Let your masterpiece dry and you're done!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and check back soon for a new series of projects having to do with creating your very own calendar!

Please feel free to share this craft with your friends and don't forget to "like" my Facebook page!

See you later,



  1. Hi Kelly,
    That's a great idea, and your version turned out really pretty. And yes, I like your girl with the umbrella.
    Great job!

    1. I appreciate your coming to my blog, Dorothee and I'm so glad you liked my template design! Thank you.

  2. You are a very talented young lady. I just downloaded your template for the easy mosaic art. Hope to complete this in the near future.
    I have a question for you. Did you design the background for your blog? The colours in it are fabulous.
    A fan from Canada.

    1. Thank you for coming to my blog—I'm so glad that you downloaded the mosaic template and are going to pursue this project sometime! The pretty watercolor backdrop on my blog is courtesy of the free background images on Blogger. I'm really glad you like it; I thought that the colors were very vibrant and fit my blog well.

  3. Hey girrrrl,
    Fun craft! I also made another with a simple smiley face! GREAT idea.
    Love, Smilescade (⌒▽⌒)☆

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad that you tried this idea out by creating a smiley face—I bet it's really cute ;)