Believe it or not but paper mosaics are becoming increasingly popular! Paper mosaics are obviously a lot simpler and easier to create than ceramic tile, smalti or other tesserae based mosaics as you don't need grout, tile nippers or other heavy tools.
Gift wrapping paper, recycled paper, old postcards and photos, tissue paper, cartoons, painting, newspaper and magazine articles make great tesserae for paper mosaics. They are all easy to find and most people have an existing amount in their houses without even knowing it!
You can cut, rip, burn or manipulate the paper in anyway you please. Treat the process the same as normal mosaic creation. Simply design and color the layout, glue and lay!
Paper will also allow you to create layers and texture (something that tiles do not allow). If you want to create more of a collage then try layering thinner tissue or rice paper over heavy thick paper and seeing the result!
Paper Mosaic Suppliers
You can make your own paper mosaics by simply buying large sheets of colored paper and card and cutting them into regular shapes. Alternatively, DickBlick supplies boxes of pre-cut heavy-duty paper mosaic squares that would also work.