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Maria Chatzi : Wall Art Collage

Collage Project: Pearl Bird Nest Tree Branch

Inspire! Create! Wall Art Collage

A step-by-step tutorial for a creative spring collage featuring a pearl bird nest, musical note leaves, and lace tree branches.

Collage

By Maria Chatzi

Level of difficulty: Easy

Age: Teens & Adults

Materials:

  • scrap lace strips, colors: beige, white (instead of beige, you could use tea-dyed or coffee-dyed white lace)
  • a small painting canvas mounted on a square wooden board
  • acrylic craft paint, color: black
  • a piece of thick and thin handspun yarn (any simple fluffy yarn will also do), length: 8.5 inches the least, color: whatever matches the color combo of your art project (mine is colorful)
  • 3 medium sized pearls, color: white
  • beige (or tea-dyed or coffee-dyed) music sheet
  • 3 small white paper strips with the words “Love”, “Create”, “Inspire” handwritten or printed on them
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • (Optional: PVA glue to seal your collage artwork)

fig 1
fig 1
For steps 1 and 2.

Instructions:

1Start by painting the canvas black (paint the sides too). Wait till it’s completely dry (which may take a couple of hours). Then, take your pencil and make a simple line drawing of a tree branch and part of the tree trunk.

2Collage the scrap lace strips, one onto or next to the other, so as to fill your design.


fig 2
For step 3.

3After the glue has dried completely (this may take quite long), cut out some leaves from your music sheet. Also, prepare the nest. Wrap the yarn around two of your fingers (not tightly) and glue it on a small piece of cardboard (or cardstock), as you see in fig 2. Wait for the glue to dry.

fig 3
fig 3
For steps 4, 5 and 6.

4Cut off the cardboard (or cardstock) around the yarn nest. Glue the 3 pearls in the nest and the nest on the branch. Again, it takes time for the glue to dry completely.

5Glue the leaves on the tree branch.

 

6Glue the words wherever you believe they look best.

When the glue is dry, your wall art collage is ready (see fig 3). Hang it on your wall or give it to a friend as a gift.

Tips

To protect your collage artwork, and make it last longer, you can cover it with a thin layer of PVA glue from a craft store — only remember, that colors will turn darker. •

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Maria ChatziMaria Chatzi is a teacher, jewelry artist, and craft designer who loves nature, learning and helping adults and kids discover their creative side. More »

3/11/14