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Mosaic Israeli Flag

Tags: Arts and Culture, Jewish Identity, Yom Haatzmaut, Zionism, Art Activities

By Stefanie Heideman

We, at the Israel Forever Foundation, thought it would be super cool to create an Israeli flag out of blue and white mosaic tiles, or blue and white paper if you do not have access to purchasing the tiles or want a simpler project to do with your artists. Either way, the concept is the same: like the mosaics of ancient Israel, like the society of Israel itself, that is built up a very different people but together form a unique creation, you too can make your own mosaic.

This is an individual or group activity appropriate for people of all ages.

SUPPLIES


For paper mosaics:

  • Thick paper, cardboard, poster board, etc for background, any rectangular size
  • Blue and white construction paper or mosaic tiles
  • Glue or glue sticks
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Ruler

For tile mosaics:

  • Rectangular wood/masonite board
  • Blue and white ceramic, glass or plastic tiles precut in random shapes
  • Elmer’s glue
  • PREMIXED White Grout
  • Grouting supplies, palette knife, sponge, bucket/bowl for water

STEPS TO CREATE YOUR PAPER MOSAIC


  1. Print an image of the Israeli Flag to trace
  2. Place your white paper over the printed Israeli flag image. Hold together with a paperclip if necessary
  3. Trace the lines of the Magen David and the stripes. You can also use a ruler to to draw the stripes.
  4. Begin ripping your blue ACID FREE construction paper into small-medium random shapes.Some people like to use scissors for an exact cut. You are welcome to do as you please. However, please note that the cut pieces do not have to be exact squares. They can be any size shape that will fit into the pencilled outlined design.
  5. Glue down your paper into both blue stripes and the Magen David (Star of David)
  6. Repeat with your WHITE paper, however this time you will place your white paper above and below both blue stripes, all around the Magen David, including the center, and the entire middle of the flag. It may seems silly to glue white paper on top of white paper, but when it’s done it looks really neat. When you rip the white paper, you get that very natural torn paper edge, which creates a special look and texture for your flag.
  7. When completed, you can rip or cut more BLUE paper and place the pieces in the shape of a 70 somewhere in your white space.

STEPS TO CREATE YOUR TILE MOSAIC ISRAELI FLAG:

  1. Print an image of the Israeli Flag to trace
  2. Place your white paper over the printed Israeli flag image. Hold together with a paperclip if necessary
  3. Trace the lines of the Magen David (Star of David) and the stripes. You can also use a ruler to to draw the stripes.
  4. Begin placing your blue tiles into the two stripes and the Magen David
  5. Glue down your tiles into both blue stripes and the Magen David. The farther apart you glue your tiles, the MORE grout there will be in between each tile Follow the instructions on your grout container to determine the closest the tiles can be.
  6. Repeat with your WHITE tiles, however this time you will place your white tiles above and below both blue stripes, all around the Magen David, including the center, and the entire middle of the flag.
  7. For a special Israel@70 Mosaic flag, you can pick a section to put a seven and a zero to cherish this very special birthday.

If you’d like to hang your mosaic, you can purchase a picture hanging kit at your local hardware or craft store. They are simple and easy to install. You can also use your mosaic tile as a trivet, a centerpiece on your coffee table, and so much more!

Let us know what you have created! Share images of your artwork in our virtual gallery and inspire others to create their own Israel in My Art!

Have your artwork featured in our online Israel in My Art gallery! Sign your artwork with your first name and last initial and email it to Stefie@IsraelForever.org

Painting as a part of a class or art group? Send us your selfies and group pics for a shoutout throughout our global Jewish community who loves sharing the Israel connection with their fellow Virtual Citizens of Israel around the world. Follow us social media and you can either post your pic online and tag us in your post or email it directly to Stefie@IsraelForever.org.

Help your students find unique ways you to incorporate the Israeli flag and the flag of the country in which you reside into your drawings as well, so that the world can see the vast number of nationalities of our IFF artists!

Stefanie Jo Heideman, founder of Art Escapades, is an art educator who believes that art is not supposed to be competitive, but rather a peaceful, relaxing experience for one to engage in and enjoy. As the Arts and Education Specialist for Israel Forever, Stefie is able to weave her love of Israel into her projects and lesson plans for individuals of all ages and stages of life.


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Tags: Arts and Culture, Jewish Identity, Yom Haatzmaut, Zionism, Art Activities

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