Most paper arts and crafts can be created in no time with simple home supplies. We’ve earlier shared easy paper art ideas like origami bookmarks, paper tulips, paper stencils, weaving and quilling. Our in-house illustrator Sharanya Mageshwaran shares some interesting ideas on art using paper clippings and old photographs.

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” – Neil Gaiman

Paper clippings art is a freestyle form of art. It is usually a collage with a central piece complemented by colouring and sketch work. It could also be a combination of several paper clippings with a theme. Old photographs can be converted into fun montages for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. A photograph can be cut out and highlighted with colours to make thematic pieces. One could also cut out all the paper artwork that kids bring home from school, into a single collage. So make memories and save on space and clutter!

Materials needed

Photo of materials needed for art with paper clippings

  1. Newspaper/magazine
  2. Photographs
  3. Paint
  4. Brush
  5. Scissors
  6. Art paper
  7. Glue


It was a rainy weekend and here is some abstract art that my daughter Madhura and I created together.

  1. Pick an idea, a theme that you would like to work on.

    Photo of the idea of art with paper clippings

  2. Cut out the parts and assemble the collage. The idea comes together in this step and one can add or reduce the pieces. The smaller bits need not be wasted and can be used as elements of decoration, or as quirky or fun elements in abstract artwork.
  3. Once the pieces have been arranged, glue them to the art paper. When dry, play around with the work by adding colors, washi tape, glitter or by lettering and painting.

    Photo of step 2 of art with paper clippings

  4. The finished piece is ready once everything is dry. Madhura chose to paint this piece bright yellow. This could be an idea for a handmade personalised party invites.

    Photo of art with paper clippings - step 4

Few other ideas are shown below.


Photo of koala art with paper clippings


Photo of lady by the window art with paper clippings

Random newspaper or magazine cuttings, photographs can also be used to make abstract artwork, beautiful journal entries and more. All it needs is time and imagination!



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