One of the benefits of working at a daycare is that I have the daily opportunity to color, draw, and paint. My creative impulses are able to be released, and I get paid in the meantime. The kids usually leave behind their unwanted projects, and the frugal part of me could not let these masterpieces go to waste. When I found this project online, I had the perfect project for my growing stacks of swirly, neon paintings. I made a few adaptions to the original project and created unique, fun art for my dorm room.
- Unwanted paintings on basic printer paper
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Stretched canvas
- Liquid school glue
- Decide that this is art! You will make it be whatever you want it to be!
- Prep the canvas by painting it. The example I found used white paint. I used black paint. Be creative and make it your own.
- Cut the paintings into triangles of various sizes. Do not worry about making the edges straight or the angles exact (unless, of course, you want straight edges and exact angles).
- After the canvas has dried, arrange the triangles into a desired mosaic on the canvas.
- Mix about 1 teaspoon of glue with ½ cup of water (this is very approximate—I just mix until it is the consistency I want).
- Dip a sponge or sponge-brush into the glue-water mixture. Press this sponge over the triangles that have been arranged on the canvas. Do not rub the paintings; simply dab up and down until the entire canvas has been covered.
- Let dry.
- Display and enjoy your art!
**I actually made two mosaics on the same size canvas. My plan is to eventually hang the two pieces side by side, but I really like how the solitary one looks on my shelf right now!