Process Art: Painted Paper Ideas
Perfect for Use in Painted Paper Collages
In preparation for our painted paper collages, we take large sheets of paper and paint full sheets of color. Our focus for these large sheets of paper is unique mark-making. We try to use various sizes and shapes of brushes to create stripes, textures, and splotches.
We also work on creating variations of color. Some areas on our paper are solid thick colors. Other areas of the page are intentionally left as thinner, lighter paint washes.
We use these beautifully painted papers to cut our shapes out of for our collages.
BIRDS: Painted Paper Collage, Water Color, and Oil Pastels
This is one of my favorite collages because it seamlessly combines several art mediums. The cut-paper collage has a watercolor background, painted paper bird collages, and oil pastel details.
FROG: Eric Carle Inspired Painted Paper Collage for Kids
Painted with watercolor paint, the trees, sky, and pond are in the background of this collage project for kids. The frog is in the foreground, and glued layers of pre-painted cut paper form the frog’s shape.
The frog layers use several sheets of painted paper in blue, black, and red hues.
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Of course, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” is a favorite early-reading book in our home. We drew inspiration for our Cut Paper Frog Collage from the artistic style used in Eric Carle’s famous books.
Love frog art? Check out our post about additional Frog Craft Ideas and Frog LEGO builds.
HOLIDAY GIFT LABELS AND ORNAMENTS: Create with Painted Paper (Process Art)
Add a personalized, artistic touch to your Christmas tree and gift wrapping. Do this by re-purposing your child’s paintings and drawings.
TIP: Plan ahead and buy card stock. This thicker paper is perfect for watercolor paint and holds up very well as a gift label or ornament on the tree.
Next time your child is ready to paint, encourage them to create designs and patterns on thick card stock paper. When the painted paper is dry, save your one-of-a-kind artwork for use in holiday decorating and gifting.
Magazine Collage + Process Art Idea
Sometimes the painted paper itself is so beautiful you’ll want to use it uncut in the final art project.
Here’s an example of using painted paper and magazines for collages. We go into more details on this technique in our Magazine Collage Ideas for Kids post.
MIXED MEDIA: Painted Paper Vases with Leaves and Cactus
This beautiful mixed media collage was completed by my almost-ten-year-old son during a summer mixed media art camp. I especially love the textures added to the thickly painted paper. The splatters on the vases are pretty great, too!