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Tissue Paper Art a Process Art Activity with Unlimited Possibility

Tissue paper art, or painting with tissue paper is a favorite activity of mine, mostly because activity transcends age.  It can be done by the littlest artists or it can grow into part of a more sophisticated process for an older artists.

Choosing colors and painting water over them.  Watching the water smooth them down and colors bleed together. Tissue paper art is relaxing and transcends age

And, relaxing…… something about this soothes my nerves.  Choosing colors and painting water over them.  Watching the water smooth hem down and colors bleed together.

It’s art that doesn’t have to look just “right.”  It just is.  (This post may contain affiliate links.)

The recipe for this particular brand of tissue paper art is simple as can be.  It is important that you start with art tissue that is designed to bleed.  The pigment in this type of tissue is designed to bleed out of it when wet.  (I.E. Don’t wrap gifts in this tissue paper or they may look like they were painted as well!)

This Hygloss Bleeding Tissue Assortment is my favorite.  Not only are the colors super vibrant but there is also a huge variety of colors in each package so there is no need to go looking for multiple “colors.”  You won’t find this in the gift wrap aisle, but rather in the art supplies aisle.

From Big to Little…

The next step is to cut your tissue paper down from the 12 x 18 sheets it comes in to a size more manageable for little fingers.  Cutting through several layers at once is easy because it is so thin.  This can be great small motor practice for those just learning to use scissors.  Another possibility is to tear the tissue paper.  I love to use this kind of messy, less than perfect process with kids that focus on making everything perfect.

Paper Matters…

Even for little kids I love breaking out quality art supplies.  Doing this process on watercolor paper ensures that when your little person keeps painting and painting and adding more and more water that the paper underneath wont give way.  Is it necessary?  Nope.  You can even do this on regular copy weight paper and it will all go down just fine.  The heavier paper is just a nice touch, especially if your going to use the finished project to keep making more art on top of!

Get Busy…

Now comes the relaxing part I was telling you about.  Lay tissue paper on white paper.  Paint it with water.

Choosing colors and painting water over them.  Watching the water smooth them down and colors bleed together. Tissue paper art is relaxing and transcends age

This tissue paper art is so simple.

There is no adhesive involved.  Said tissue paper will fall off of your background paper in about 20 minutes, depending on the amount of water used.  Left behind will be a beautiful watercolor-ish painting.

This can be the beginning or the end of this project.  The watercolor -ish stained paper left behind when the tissue paper falls off is beautiful all on its own.  It makes a beautiful background for drawing with a black permanent marker.  The possibilities are endless.

Choosing colors and painting water over them.  Watching the water smooth them down and colors bleed together. Tissue paper art is relaxing and transcends age

 If you enjoyed this easy process art activity check out how we use other household items such as coffee filters and potatoes to make art at my house!

Choosing colors and painting water over them.  Watching the water smooth them down and colors bleed together. Tissue paper art is relaxing and transcends age

Share your results with me! Let me know what direction this activity  takes for your little people.

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5 Comments

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    Amy

    March 17, 2017

    Oh my stars! I just did this activity with my 3 younger boys. So awesome!

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      kitchentableclassroom@gmail.com

      March 17, 2017

      I’m glad they enjoyed! I just love this one! It can be fun for toddlers clear up through the accomplished artist!

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    Mother of 3

    March 18, 2017

    We did a project just like this in the summer; but when our tissue paper dried the imprint left on the canvas was so dull. We decided to try again using watered down glue so that the tissue paper would stay as well as all the vibrant colors. We’ll have to try again with a bit more water and try adhering it to paper instead of canvas. I agree; it is quite a relaxing art project though.

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      kitchentableclassroom@gmail.com

      March 18, 2017

      Hmmm, I wonder if the brand of tissue had anything to do with it? Ours is definitely more muted than with the tissue paper still attached, but still so pretty! I have done projects with the gluing the tissue paper down as well~ they are both pretty!

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        Mother of 3

        March 20, 2017

        Perhaps it could be due to the brand of paper; I was thinking that too. Thanks for sharing with us at Love to learn. Pinned.

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