Improve Your Mood - Create Your Own Collage Papers

Creating your own collage papers is fun, easy and much cheaper than buying fancy papers.
In this exercise youíll find out how to create three different types of decorative papers using:
Mark making

Wellbeing benefits:

Be resourceful
Keep learning
Take notice

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to find ways to boost my mood.


Creating samples in each technique can take from ten minutes or longer.  

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own, or with others.

Where can I do this activity?


How often can I do this activity?

Create unqiue collage papers for collages, gift tags, wrapping paper and cards.

What do I need?

For Collage:

  • Plain and coloured papers
  • Glue stick or PVA
  • Glue spreader
  • Baby wipes/damp cloth

For Taking Rubbings:

For Mark making collage papers:

  • Plain paper
  • Any of the following - Coloured pencils, felt tips and markers, acrylic paints or any paint that is suitable for paper
  • Mark making tools - a selection of tools to experiment with
  • Glue

Did you know?

When we take part in creative activity it can slow heartbeat and reduce blood pressure. This may be due to the fact that expressive artistic activity releases neuro-chemicals, including endorphins, into the brain. These neuro-chemicals assist deep concentration, slow down pulse and breathing, and boost the immune system through what is termed 'The Relaxation Response'.

"I've created some truly unique papers which made me really proud."

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