Creating abstract paper art with Islamic motifs

Creating abstract paper art with Islamic motifs

Creating abstract paper art with Islamic motifs using paper mache is a beautiful and meaningful project that combines artistic expression with cultural inspiration. Here's a guide to get you started:


•Recycled paper (newspaper, magazines, or cardboard)

•Flour and water mixture (paste)

•Acrylic paints in various colors


•Cardboard or foam board base

•Craft knife (optional)


•Islamic motif stencils or templates (optional)


1. Prepare the paper mache paste: Mix equal parts flour and water in a saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened. Let it cool slightly.

2. Tear your paper into small pieces.

3. Dip the paper pieces in the paste and apply them to your base, building layers. You can create a flat surface or a more sculptural form.

4. Let each layer dry completely before adding another.

5. Once you're happy with the shape, use the craft knife (with adult supervision) to make any desired cuts or openings.

6. Sand the surface smooth if needed.

7. Time to decorate! You can use the stencils or templates to trace geometric shapes onto your paper mache and then paint them in bright, contrasting colors. Alternatively, create freehand abstract patterns inspired by Islamic geometric art.

8. Let your creativity flow! Experiment with different colors, textures, and layering techniques.

9. Once you're finished painting, seal your artwork with a light coat of varnish for protection.


Use recycled paper from different sources to add texture and visual interest.

Layer different colors of paint to create depth and dimension.

Incorporate glitter, beads, or other embellishments for added sparkle.

Don't be afraid to experiment and make mistakes! This is a creative process, so have fun and enjoy the journey.



Massoud Najabati

Massoud Najabati


Massoud Nejabati was born in 1967 in Tehran. He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in graphics from the Faculty of Fin ...