- 1/2″ strips of card stock in a variety of colors (I used old recycled file folders in as many colors as I could come up with. For the colors I needed and couldn’t find, I used the plain manila color and just colored the strips with markers…. quick and easy!)
- Black construction paper, 9×12 or smaller
- 3M Spraymount artist’s adhesive
- Paper trimmer and scissors
- Clear varnish spray or Mod Podge to seal your finished work
1. Draw a simple design with pencil on black paper…. avoid details! (By using black paper for your backing, your pencil lines won’t show later.)
2. Spray a light coat of 3M Spraymount artist’s adhesive over your paper. (Make sure you do this outside and over newspaper, to protect the area around your paper from the over spray.)
3. Use a paper trimmer to cut 1/2 inch strips of the colors you’ll need, then use scissors to cut the strips into squares.
4. Place your squares onto your design, leaving just a tiny margin of black paper showing in between. Try not to overlap squares, but trim them as necessary to fit where they need to. (It can be helpful to lightly pencil in where you want to trim.) Since Spraymount adhesive is repositionable, you can pick up squares and move them at any time or even switch colors if you want to.
5. When your design is complete, cover it with a clear varnish to hold the squares firmly in place.