PicMonkey Mosaics Tutorial

I have been having a LOT of fun recently making “quilts” on PicMonkey. Of course, you can’t really make quilts on a photo editing program – they are really more like photo mosaics.

I started with a few simple photos of colored corrugated cardboard, like this:

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and combined and multiplied and rotated and collaged them a bunch of times in a bunch of ways, to make mosaics! Here is one of the “quilts” I made just using PicMonkey and four different pictures of corrugated cardboard:

picmonkey finished quilt (3) (1280x1280)

Isn’t it so neat? I don’t really like the colors, but I like the design. Since they are so fun to make, I decided to share the fun with you too! Here is a sort-of-kind-of tutorial on how to make photo mosaics.


You can take your own pictures, or use any of these “quilt patches” below that I already made. (But please don’t use any of my other pictures without my permission. 🙂 ) Just right click the pictures you want, and save them to your computer.

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picmonkey quilt patch 1.2 (1280x1280)

picmonkey quilt patch 1 (1280x1280)

picmonkey quilt patch 2 (1280x1280)




























picmonkey finished quilt (2) (1280x1280)picmonkey finished quilt (1) (1280x1280)








Go to PicMonkey, hover over the ‘Collage’ button at the top of the page, choose ‘Computer’ and open the photos you want to use for your “quilt.” Click the ‘Layouts’ symbol on the left sidebar, click ‘Square Deal,’ and choose one of the last two options. The more squares the layout has, the more complicated and interesting the quilt can be!picmonkey tutorial 1

Click and drag the “quilt patches” to the squares, and rotate them to make all sorts of interesting patterns! (See this mirroring tutorial on the PicMonkey blog for more details on how to rotate images.) You can use ‘Auto Fill’ (at the top bar) to make interesting patterns without much work. (You have to click ‘Auto Fill’ a couple of times until the quilt is filled up with squares.)

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And ta-daa! This is a quilt I made by auto-filling like in the picture above.

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Here are some more “quilts” I made.

picmonkey finished quilt (4) (1280x1280)picmonkey finished quilt (9) (1280x1280)mosiac fish (600x330)

picmonkey finished quilt (6) (1280x1280)picmonkey quilt square - brown (1) (1280x1280)picmonkey finished quilt (10) (1280x1280)picmonkey quilt orange 3 (2) (1280x1280)

I really wish I took pictures of prettier-colored cardboard, because the colors don’t really go together in the quilts, but it’s really fun anyway.

I hope you enjoyed this random post, and tell me if you make any “quilts!”



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