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Bright Idea: Create colourful texture designer papers for collage art with Star Tempera

Updated: May 18, 2023


Create colourful texture designer papers for collage art with Star Tempera
Create colourful texture designer papers for collage art with Star Tempera

Create colourful texture designer papers for collage art with Star Tempera


Paint colourful textures on paper and glue in your painting
Paint colourful textures on paper and glue in your painting

One fun and easy way to encourage creativity in your students is by making some colourful painted paper or collage art papers with 5 Star: Star Tempera paint!


These painted papers are perfect for colourful gift wrapping paper, creating a collage in the style of Eric Carle. Additionally, they can be cut out in shapes glued in a Self-Portrait or under-the-sea painting in fish shapes. The vibrant colours of these papers make them an excellent option for creating greeting cards or posters.


colourful texture designer papers for collage art
Colourful texture designer paper for collage art
Paint more colourful texture papers for collage art
more colourful texture papers for collage art

Here's what you'll need:

  • White construction paper (at least three sheets per student)

  • Star Tempera paint in red, yellow, and blue

  • Foam brushes (2" wide)

  • Water and water containers

  • Paint scrapers or the blunt end of a pencil or brush

Once you have all your materials, it's time to start making painted papers!

Here's how:


  • Have each student write their name on the back of 3 pieces of paper.

Use the primary colours (red, yellow, and blue) to mix large pools of bright colours. (Tip: Mixed colours are always more interesting than colours straight out of the bottle.)


  • Paint each paper with a different colour.

  • While the paint is still wet, drag a notched card across it a few times to create patterns and texture.

  • Set the papers aside to dry.

  • Once dry, these painted papers are perfect for making an Eric Carle-inspired collage or adding small bits to a Self-Portrait Collage or a Surrealistic Collage. The colourful nature of these papers also makes them an excellent choice for a cheerful greeting card or poster.

Don't throw away even the tiniest scraps of painted paper!

You can continue to use them over time. Sort them by colour and size to keep everything organised. With just a few simple materials, you can create a world of colourful possibilities for your students!


If you have any comments or questions, we would love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Thank you.

Tony Parker



We used the blunt end of a pencil for this
We used the blunt end of a pencil for this design.

You can use a Paint Scraper too.
You can use a Paint Scraper too.

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