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Valentine Craft: Heart Mosaics

Some people love Valentine’s Day and others don’t…I could take it or leave it, but I do love love and know that spreading and sharing love is an important ingredient in life. So, here’s to love, sharing love, spreading love and being kind!

Enjoy this craft. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you like. It is diverse for all ages and abilities. Get lost in the process and feel the joy when you display the product for yourself or give it to a lucky person in your life. This can be a fun activity with your kids too! Little mess and a good exercise for small fingers and hand/eye coordination ;)

Here we go…How to create a “Mosaic Heart”

Materials:

  • Black paper – black will help your “mosaic” pieces pop, but f you would prefer a different color, feel free to take that artistic license!
  • Colored paper – find papers with bright color and patterns. Can be magazine clippings, news papers, colored construction papers etc. You can use what you have in your personal collection or head to your local craft store to buy papers that you like. Craft papers and origami papers have nice colors and textures to choose from
  • Glue – I like glue sticks for this, but any kind of glue is just fine
  • Scissors
  • Pencil – if you want to draw the heart before you cut

Process:
1. Fold your black paper in half

2. Cut out half a heart shape – starting and ending on the folded edge (if it is helpful to draw the heart first do so with the pencil, then cut)


*if a heart is not your thing, feel free to choose any geometric shape

 

3. Open heart. Choose colored papers that you like. Choose the first color and cut one small shape to fix in the center of the heart

4. Choose your next colors/patterns and cut into shapes/pieces. Arrange pieces moving in a radial pattern out from the center of the heart. Place symmetrically as you move out. When you are confident with the placement of your pieces fix in place with glue. Keep in mind this is a mosaic not a collage. Leave a small space between the pieces to allow negative space to show through

5. Fill the ENTIRE heart – all the way to the edge.

* Trim any pieces that hang over the edge to keep the shape that you start with

Stand back and enjoy!

Vocabulary:
Mosaic
– a piece of art or image made from the assembling of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It is often used in decorative art or as interior decoration.
Collage - (from the French: coller, "to glue") is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
Geometric shape – Many two-dimensional geometric shapes can be defined by a set of points or vertices and lines connecting the points in a closed chain, as well as the resulting interior points. Such shapes are called polygons and include triangles, squares, and pentagons.
Radial pattern –  Pattern: the repetition of an element (or elements) in a work of art. Radial Pattern: Visual elements (shapes, words, images) are distributed around a central point and often radiate from it.
Negative space – in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally is used to artistic effect as the "real" subject of an image.