When I needed a special "thank you" card for a crafty tea friend, I decided to try my hand at making one. The result is what I'm calling a Paper Mosaic Teapot!
I'd been flipping through a craft book at Joann the other day when I came across photos of some paper collages that were simply beautiful. Alas, I don't share that artist's skill at seeing color and light and shapes as exquisitely as she does. (I'm sorry I didn't write down her name so I could see more of her work!) But I did leave with the idea of using pieces of paper to create some tea-themed artwork. From my scrapbooking stash I selected several papers with handwriting or type on them. I had some 5x7 canvases that could serve as the background. My template was an old teapot-shaped piece I got in a craft kit perhaps 20 years ago! I have used this thing so many times, so for this project I just traced it on the canvas and added some background color from a rubber stamp I had on hand.
Who knew there is an art to tearing paper? I knew I wanted some of the white part to show as part of the design, and I soon learned you have to tear it from the back if you want white on the front. Kind of a fun little discovery!
A little Elmer's glue, a few dozen bits of paper, and there you go, a Paper Mosaic Teapot!