Introduction: Art From Old Magazines,junk Mail and Catelogs

When I was in college I kinda was obsessed with Van Gogh's "Starry Night". I decided to make as many renditions as I could. I did oil pastel, colored pencil, crayon and pencil. Then I decided to do a collage. The mosaic took me about four years working on and off!

What you will need:
Poster Board
Pencil
LOTS of scrap glossy paper (mags etc.)
Glue stick
Mod Podge
Lot and Lots of Patience!!!

First lightly make a rough sketch of your picture on the poster board

Next start cutting strips of paper into long 1/4 inch wide strips, Then cut the strips at different angles so that you have 1/4 pieces that are not square.
Keep the different colors separated

Now you can start gluing the tiny bits of paper to your poster board using the glue stick. This is the tedious part. I worked on the Starry Night on an off for about 4 years!!!

After you have finished gluing all your pieces down cover the whole thing with Mod Podge so that you don't lose little bits here and there.

Frame and Hang!!!!

*The last two photos are the same concept with much bigger pieces

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alcurb made it!(author)2014-12-11

Beautiful work. I would love to see an illustrated step-by-step instruction how you map it out, selected the colors, etc. I can't draw, and tracing impressionistic work is not easy at all since there are no hard lines. If it took you 4 years to complete it, that means that there is something more to it than the simple explanation you gave us.

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shazni made it!(author)2012-10-10

wow...that's a lot of work! how long did it take?

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cairparavel made it!(author)2012-10-11

I worked in it on and off for about 4 years! The pieces are smaller than the tip of my pinky finger. The flower only took a couple of day but the pieces are much bigger.

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shazni made it!(author)2012-10-11

wow!I....do not have that patience! good for you!

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ThriceBlessed made it!(author)2012-06-02

This is awesome, I've always loved Starry Night too, so I liked it as soon as I saw it.

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poofrabbit made it!(author)2011-04-25

This is very nicely done! Voted for you for the I made it! Good luck!

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cairparavel made it!(author)2011-04-25

sweet! Thank you

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flamming+arrow made it!(author)2011-04-01

wow thats so cool. good job.
i had to do this in art class one time.

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rschack made it!(author)2011-03-31

This is really awesome. Love it!

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adamazing made it!(author)2011-03-29

When I was in collage.... Then I decided to do a college.

I see what you did there... ;)


Anyway, of all the pieces to be obsessed with, I'm glad it was "Starry Night"! Absolutely awesome. :)

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cairparavel made it!(author)2011-03-29

Thank you,
Yeah I have to say that my spelling is so bad that I can even confuse spell check!!!

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adamazing made it!(author)2011-03-29

Ah, sorry, I thought it was on porpoise! :)

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wilgubeast made it!(author)2011-03-29

Wow. These look great. Wonderful reuse.

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