Rice and Beans are great ingredients for a burrito, but they’re even greater ingredients for an art project! Dried rice and different colored beans can be used to make a mosaic, a type of collage where lines and patterns are created by putting little pieces together to build a much bigger picture. Mosaics were originally made with cut tile, glass, or stones in Ancient Greece, but these days you can get creative with all sorts of materials. So get ready to make a mosaic of your own (after a quick trip to the grocery store!)
What you need:
Bags of DRY: rice, black beans, kidney beans, white beans, and split peas (variety in color is very important in mosaic craft)
A piece of cardboard (this will be your canvas)
A pencil (for sketching)
1. First, draw a sketch for your mosaic in pencil on the cardboard.
2. When you’re happy with your design, glue a series of same color beans along the outline. You want your beans to be touching, or as close together as possible, so you don’t see any cardboard.
3. Next, add color and texture to your mosaic. Lay down a thin layer of glue over a small area and fill in the spaces with a variety of rice and bean colors and shapes. Repeat for another small portion until you’ve filled up the desired space. Go easy on the glue or the whole thing will get too goopy!
4. Once you’ve filled the inside of your design and the background area as well, step back, let it dry, and VOILA! You are officially a mosaic artist! Reward yourself with a lunch of… what else…rice and beans! (But not the ones with glue on them.)